The Orlando Magic took a major step toward locking up their talented and promising young core for the foreseeable future on Monday.
By exercising their fourth-year option on forward Jonathan Isaac’s contract and their third-year options on contracts for center Mo Bamba and point guard Markelle Fultz, the Magic are now assured of having their young trio signed through the 2020-21 season. Isaac, Bamba and Fultz are all just 21 years old.
“Mo (Bamba), Markelle (Fultz) and Jonathan (Isaac) have each demonstrated a strong work ethic, while exhibiting a commitment to team values,’’ Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman said. “We look forward to exciting futures with them as part of the Magic family.’’
Source: Orlando Magic
Report: Blake Griffin Out Until November Due to Knee, Hamstring Soreness
The Detroit Pistons will be without Blake Griffin until at least early November due to continued soreness in his knee and hamstring.
Griffin did not travel to Indiana for Detroit’s season opener against the Pacers on Wednesday, with the team saying he will continue treatment and conditioning “for left hamstring and posterior knee soreness.”
The Pistons say he will be re-evaluated the first week of November.
Steve Kerr: ‘It’s unlikely’ that Klay Thompson Plays this Season
Ever since Klay Thompson tore his left ACL four months ago, the Warriors guard has held out hope that he could return this season in time for a potential NBA playoff run.
His coach, however, isn’t betting on that timeline.
“It’s unlikely that he’s going to play this year,” Steve Kerr recently told NBC Sports Bay Area in an exclusive interview that aired Tuesday in “NBA Season Tip-Off,” only on the MyTeams app. “So we have to understand that.”
Thompson, who suffered the knee injury during Game 6 of the NBA Finals, had surgery July 2, and has said he hopes to play after the NBA All-Star break in February. Recent history, however, suggests that might not be possible.