Jalen Suggs recovers but Magic won’t have him for Las Vegas summer league – The Denver Post


Shortly after the Orlando Magic concluded their draft night Thursday, which included taking Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 pick and Caleb Houstan at No. 32, the attention shifted towards their summer league plans.

They won’t include second-year guard Jalen Suggs.

Suggs, the No. 5 pick in last year’s draft, had surgery in late April to address a “slight” stress fracture in his right ankle.

Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday evening that Suggs is “doing well.”

“Jalen got his boot off and he’s ramping up his recovery,” Weltman added.

Suggs told the Orlando Sentinel on Friday he started doing on-court work again this past week.

The Magic will kick off summer league in Las Vegas against the Houston Rockets, who drafted Jabari Smith Jr. with the No. 3 pick. Summer league runs from July 7-17.

Weltman also provided an update on Jonathan Isaac, who had surgery after a “minor right hamstring injury” he suffered in mid-March while rehabilitating the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that forced him to miss the previous two seasons.

“Jonathan’s still kind of catching up from his last procedure,” Weltman said. “He’s doing well. He’s doing half-court iso work. He’s progressing well. He’ll take the rest of the summer and we’re monitoring him closely.”

There’s optimism Isaac will return for the 2022-23 season in mid-October — nearly 26 months after tearing his ACL — but the Magic aren’t putting a timetable on his recovery.

Orlando’s training camp will start on Sept. 27.

“He’s got a lot of the summer left, so I don’t want to get into timetables,” Weltman said. “That always gets murky.”

Summer league roster

Coach Jamahl Mosley confirmed Friday that Banchero and Houstan will participate in summer league.

“I’ve been itching to play ever since we lost the Final Four,” Banchero said. “I can’t wait.”

Jared Wilson-Frame, Tommy Kuhse and Emanuel Terry are expecting to play for the Magic’s summer league team, according to HoopsRumors.com.

Wilson-Frame, a former guard out of Pittsburgh who went undrafted in 2019, averaged 17 points per game (36.8% on 3s), 5.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds with the Jazz’s G League affiliate — the Salt Lake City Stars — in 2021-22.

Kuhse, a former Saint Mary’s guard who went undrafted Thursday, averaged 12.2 points (49.4% from the field, 45% on 3s) 3.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds in his final season with the Gaels.

Terry, a 6-foot-9 big man, has played for the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns since going undrafted in 2018. He averaged 14.1 points (67% shooting) and 8.6 rebounds in 29 games last season with the Stockton Kings, the Sacramento Kings’ G League affiliate.

It isn’t yet known if anyone from the Magic’s roster or Orlando’s G League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic, will play in summer league.

Mosley will run some practices, but an assistant coach will handle the game-day responsibilities.

2022 Magic Summer League schedule:

July 7: vs. Houston, 10 p.m. ET (Summer League opener) ESPN

July 9: vs. Sacramento, 4 ESPN

July 11: Oklahoma City, 9 ESPN

July 14: vs. New York, 7:30 NBATV

After every team plays four games from July 7-15, the two teams with the best records will play in the championship game on July 17. The other 28 teams will play their fifth games on July 16 or July 17.

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Khobi Price at khprice@orlandosentinel.com or follow him on Twitter at @khobi_price.



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