NBA Trade Rumors: Orlando Magic will shop Jonathan Isaac this offseason?

Orlando Magic Jonathan Isaac (Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports)
Orlando Magic Jonathan Isaac (Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports) /

NBA Trade Rumors: Ready to start fresh, the Orlando Magic may be ready to shop Jonathan Isaac this offseason.

Thanks to making a great selection in last year’s NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic have taken a big step forward. On the back of Paolo Banchero, the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award winner, the Magic appears to be back on the road to relevancy in the Eastern Conference. With a solid core on the roster, the Magic will head into the offseason with the ability to continue to retool with a clear blueprint in hand.

At least on paper, it appears the Magic has a strong young core in Banchero, Franz Wagner, and Wendell Carter Jr. The offseason will be about surrounding that trio with the necessary supporting cast in order to take a step forward next year.

And part of those offseason plans to surround the team’s core trio with a better-fitting supporting cast could mean parting ways with Jonathan Isaac.

According to a recent report, the Magic may be finally ready to move on from Jonathan Isaac this summer. Isaac may be the highest-paid player on the roster at the moment, but it’s becoming quite clear that he’s probably no longer in the long-term plans of the team.

Jonathan Isaac could benefit from a fresh start

Isaac’s career with the Magic has been a rocky one. Just when it seemed as if he was beginning to figure things out in Orlando, he suffered a torn ACL which cost him two full seasons of action with the team. He only played 11 games this past season as he slowly made his return but his future is still very blurry.

But there’s a case to be made that he could benefit from a change of scenery. Especially considering that the Magic have also theoretically moved on from Isaac.

At only 25 years old, there’s a case to be made that Isaac can bounce back from this rough start to his career but it’s going to take a team that is willing to fully invest in him. The road back to productivity could be a slow one for Isaac. But the path is theoretically there.

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Coming out of college, Isaac was viewed as one of the more talented prospects in the 2017 NBA Draft class. Injuries derailed the early portion of his career. But if he can remain healthy, there’s a chance that Isaac can still reach his potential. At least for now, it looks like it may not end up being in Orlando.