Okeke (knee) is likely to miss around 3-to-4 weeks after being diagnosed with a bone bruise Dec. 31, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Okeke's return timeline is still considered fluid, but Robbins' estimate was provided by a team source familiar with the rookie's MRI results. If the 3-to-4-week shutdown proves accurate, Okeke likely won't be an option off the Magic bench until the final week of January or the first week of February. Prior to getting shut down, Okeke had averaged 3.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 18.2 minutes per game over five outings.
Okeke is expected to be sidelined for multiple weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The team announced that an MRI showed all the ligaments remain intact, which is notable since it's the same knee in which he suffered a torn ACL during college. Okeke was averaging 3.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 18.2 minutes through the first five games of the season for Orlando.
Okeke (leg) will be further evaluated after he didn't return to Thursday's game against the 76ers, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The Magic didn't provide a specific update regarding Okeke's status after the game, but he apparently sustained a left leg injury that forced him out for the final several minutes of Thursday's contest. His status for Saturday's matchup against Oklahoma City could come into focus once he's further evaluated.
Okeke exited Thursday's game against Philadelphia with an apparent leg injury, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Okeke limped off the court during the fourth quarter and went back to the locker room after he was briefly examined by the medical staff. The exact nature and severity of the injury aren't yet known, but he could miss the remainder of the contest with the Magic trailing by a considerable margin.
Okeke is on a "slight" minutes restriction for Saturday's game against the Wizards, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Okeke played 22 minutes in the opener against the Heat, posting three points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal. It seems like he probably won't see much more action than that for the time being.
Okeke (knee) signed a rookie-scale contract with the Magic on Nov. 16.
The 16th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Okeke opted to delay signing with the Magic for more than a year while he recovered from an ACL tear in his left knee, which he suffered in March 2019 while playing for Auburn in the NCAA tournament. Since he conducted most of his rehab with the Magic's G League affiliate in Lakeland, Okeke was still able to get acclimated with the organization while he was on the mend. The 6-foot-8 forward should be fully healthy for the start of training camp, and he could be thrust into a larger role than the Magic initially anticipated with Jonathan Isaac (knee) set to miss the entire 2020-21 season after tearing his ACL in August.
Okeke (knee) was close to taking part in contact work in practices with the Lakeland Magic before the G League cancelled its season Sunday, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
After being selected 16th overall by Orlando in the 2019 NBA Draft, Okeke opted not to sign a standard four-year rookie contract while he continued to recover from the torn ACL he suffered last March while playing for Auburn. Instead, the organization has been overseeing his rehab in the G League while preserving a spot on the 17-man roster for a healthy player in the process. The Magic have been pleased with how Okeke has been progressing from the serious knee procedure, but the cancellation of the G League season will prevent the organization from assessing him in a practice setting until the summer. Okeke should be ready to play in the Las Vegas Summer League if the coronavirus pandemic doesn't impact the event. Expect Okeke to sign his rookie deal with the Magic later this summer and contend for a rotation spot ahead of the 2020-21 season.
The Magic are expected to keep Okeke inactive for the entire 2019-20 while he focuses on rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Just as the Kings and Nuggets have done with Harry Giles and Michael Porter Jr., respectively, over the past two years, the Magic plan to treat Okeke's rookie campaign as a redshirt year while the big man recovers from the torn ACL he sustained while playing for Auburn in the NCAA tournament. Okeke should be at or near full strength in the spring, but the Magic won't rush him back into action while the team prioritizes his long-term health. Even if he entered training camp 100 percent healthy, Okeke would likely have trouble finding playing time with all of Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, Mo Bamba, Jonathan Isaac and Al-Farouq Aminu ahead of him in some order on the Magic's frontcourt depth chart. Since he's sitting out the season, Charania relays that Okeke won't sign his standard four-year rookie contract until next offseason, an arrangement that should earn the big man an extra $1 million with the rookie scale set to increase. That decision also benefits the Magic, who won't have to extend one of their 15 roster spots to a player who won't contribute in 2019-20.
Okeke (knee) was selected by the Magic with the 16th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Okeke enjoyed a breakout sophomore season at Auburn, starting 38 games and putting up 12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks per contest. However, he tore his ACL during the NCAA Tournament, so he'll likely miss at least the first month or two of his rookie season. For Orlando, selecting Okeke is more of a long-term upside play.
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