09/03/2020, 1:27 PM
Gets clean bill of health
Bamba tested positive for COVID-19 on June 11, but he was cleared to join the Magic in Orlando for the season restart in late July. The seven-foot center didn't feel quite like himself upon returning to action, however, noting specifically that he felt good physically but was nonetheless struggling with his conditioning. The Magic ultimately decided it was best for Bamba to be shut down for the season Aug. 14, after he had only made two brief game appearances in the bubble. Fortunately for Bamba, his post-coronavirus evaluation didn't reveal anything alarming, so he should be in line for a normal offseason. Though Bamba -- who packed on 20 pounds of muscle during the NBA's hiatus -- missed out on the opportunity to test out his new physique in competitive action, the Magic are seemingly optimistic that he'll be ready to take his game up a level in his third NBA season. He'll still likely have to battle Khem Birch for the top backup job behind top center Nikola Vucevic during training camp.
08/31/2020, 9:59 AM
To miss all of 2020-21 season
Magic president Jeff Weltman confirmed Monday that the team does not anticipate Isaac playing at all next season after the forward suffered another significant knee injury during seeding play. Isaac will, of course, face a lengthy recovery, but the team ruling him out for an entire forthcoming season is a major decision, especially given the uncertainty surrounding the league's future schedule. Through his first three years in the league, Isaac -- one of the NBA's best defenders, when healthy -- has played 27, 75 and 34 games, respectively.
08/29/2020, 4:25 PM
Scores 18 in Saturday's Game 5 loss
Fournier put together a solid line in the team's series-clinching defeat. The 27-year-old shooting guard has a player option for next season, and he managed career-high per-game averages in scoring (18.5) and made threes (2.6) in 2019-20. With that being said, he struggled in the playoffs, albeit against one of the league's best defensive clubs. It's unclear what the future holds for Fournier and Orlando, but should he return to the Magic, he'll likely remain a fixture in the starting lineup given his offensive capabilities.