Orlando’s president on Jonathan Issac possible return: “We’re not counting on him being a part of this postseason”

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The Orlando Magic are preparing for the 22-team season resumption, being the 8th seed of the Eastern Conference. The team’s President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman joined the 96.9 The Game with Brandon Kravitz to discuss the season return, the Magic’s chances in the 22-plan and the possibility of Jonathan Isaac returning from injury this season, per NBA.com:

“Nothing’s changed and nothing will ever change with the way that we’re going to approach injuries. Jonathan’s timetable will kind of dictate itself as his rehab unfolds and we’ll see how he responds to his treatment. He’s ramping up his workload. That being said, there’s a difference between healthy and being ready to play basketball and Jonathan hasn’t played since January 1.

We’re not going to throw him out there just because his knee is healthy if it indeed would have a chance to be healthy by then. We’re not counting on Jonathan being a part of this postseason and we’re just going to proceed as we were before the hiatus began. We don’t expect him to be back and with that we’re going to prepare the same way before the hiatus began,” said Weltman.

Isaac had suffered a posterior lateral corner injury and a medial bone contusion in January. Prior to the season hiatus, this injury was going to keep him out for the rest of the season, but that could change in the new format.

Isaac has had a career-year averaging 12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 blocks per game, prior to his serious injury. 

Here is the full episoden with Jeff Weltman: