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Report: Magic have rebuffed all Jonathan Isaac trade inquiries

Following a very promising sophomore campaign with the Orlando Magic last season, 21-year-old forward Jonathan Isaac appears to have fallen in the good graces of the team’s front office. So much so, that according to a recent report by ESPN’s Zach Lowe, Isaac’s potential has allowed him to gain somewhat of an untouchable status for the Magic:

It’s hard to overstate how much the Magic love Isaac. They have batted away any Isaac trade inquiries, sources say. He has quickly become a standard-bearer of the culture president Jeff Weltman and GM John Hammond want to nurture.

Isaac was selected by the Magic sixth overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, but for a number of reasons, the former Florida State standout was only able to take the floor 27 times for Orlando in his rookie year. It was an entirely different story for the 6-foot-10 power forward in his second season, with Isaac establishing himself as an integral part of the team’s young core.

Last season, Isaac played 75 games (starting 64) for his team, and produced averages of 9.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.3 blocks in 26.6 minutes per game. These are not exactly eye-popping numbers, but the Magic obviously see a lot of promise in this young man.

It is not clear which other teams have shown interest in Isaac of late, but at this point it seems irrelevant, with the Magic looking determined to fend off any inquiries when it comes to their prized big man.