Magic exercise 3rd-year option on Jonathan Isaac
This move was expected and the team will have a fourth-year option they can pick up prior to Oct. 31, 2019. For now, Orlando is committing to Isaac through at least the 2019-20 season.
Isaac averaged 5.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 0.7 assists per game as a rookie. Isaac struggled through injuries during his rookie season and was only able to play in 27 games. Despite being limited in his rookie year, the Magic believe Isaac is a part of their future.
The Magic’s frontcourt contains a few young talents like Isaac, but it’s definitely going to be a crowded unit. Mo Bamba, much like Isaac in 2017, was the sixth pick in the draft and looks to be a prominent feature in Orlando. The Magic recently invested four years and $80 million in Aaron Gordon as well. Additionally, veteran Nikola Vucevic is still around.
Despite the crowded nature of the frontcourt and the injuries that hijacked his rookie season, the sky is the limit for Isaac. The 20-year-old is an incredibly athletic and long big man who can protect the paint. He also could become a stretch big man that is so valuable in today’s game. He shot 35 percent from deep last season on 1.7 attempts per game. That’s a small sample size, but notable nonetheless.
Isaac has a bright future ahead of him, which is why the Magic are committing to the young big man.