Magic forward Jonathan Isaac is making strides in his recovery from a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee, Josh Robbins of The Athletic writes.
Isaac, the No. 6 pick in 2017, suffered the injuries during a game last August. When asked when he’d be able to play in an NBA contest again, Isaac laughed.
“I can’t give you that,” he said. As Robbins notes, Magic officials are strict about giving recovery details out. “I really can’t give you that. But I’m feeling good. I’ve been able to really kind of get moving as of late. I’ve been able to get some work done with Coach on the court, so I feel good. I don’t have a specific timeline on anything, but I’m OK. I’m getting there.”
There’s more from the Southeast Division today:
- The Wizards are closing in on hiring Pat Delany as an assistant on Wes Unseld Jr‘s staff, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic (Twitter link). Delany most recently served as an assistant coach under Steve Clifford with the Magic.
- Chris Kirschner of The Athletic examines what Onyeka Okongwu‘s shoulder surgery means for the Hawks. Okongwu, the team’s No. 6 pick in 2020, is expected to miss roughly six months due to the surgery. He averaged 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 12 minutes per game in 50 contests this season.
- In a separate story for The Athletic, Kirschner explores the Hawks’ incredible season — including some behind-the-scenes stories. Atlanta managed to reach the Eastern Conference Finals largely due to Trae Young‘s career year, losing to the Bucks in six games.
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10 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Isaac, Wizards, Delany, Okongwu, Hawks”
Woah that hurts. Okongwu injury puts a damper on what you do with Collins now. That’s big news. Hurts Hawks imo. This is best place for CJ. And Blazers can get impact playerS from Hawks. Works for both teams.
Issac was playing well when he got hurt. He’s put on weight and looks like a big 4 now. This will be his breakout yr. He’s shown a lot of talent and skill for a big. Magic would be dumb to pass on Kuminga. These two guys are the future of the 3-4.
Magic would be smart to pass on Kuminga.
I think Kuminga is going to be a bust. I just don’t see it at all.
the magic are bad at developing developmental players.
I don’t think it impacts the Collins decision. They are completely different players stylistically and positionally. It hurts the player most because he misses out on much needed offseason development time. The hawks will be fine, a stop gap center isn’t going to be too difficult to find
*stopgap backup center
Collins a center ???? Okongwu is not one either. Hawks only got one Center. That’s Capela.
What is going on with Isaac? Didn’t he get hurt like 2 years ago? Can’t believe him and fultz got extensions while being restricted and seriously hurt.
Mmmhhh… I wouldn’t say Ice Trae had a career year, as he was better the year before… he definitely had his best playoff of his career, right?