The Orlando Magic could get a much-needed boost to their frontcourt depth vs. the Philadelphia 76ers at Amway Center.
Rookie forward Paolo Banchero and big man Moe Wagner are available to make their returns Friday.
Banchero was sidelined for seven consecutive games because of the sprained left ankle he suffered after rolling the ankle on a drive to the basket during the fourth quarter of the home loss to the Houston Rockets on Nov. 7.
“I’ve just got to be patient,” Banchero said. “It’s my first time dealing with injuries. At first, I wanted to rush as quickly as possible trying to get back. I realized that wasn’t doing any good for me. I’m trying to learn to be patient and continue to be patient and listen to myself.”
Wagner will make his season debut if he plays Friday. He hasn’t played since spraining his right midfoot during the preseason win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 14.
Both Banchero and Wagner practiced Wednesday.
“I haven’t heard Moe Wagner’s trash talk in a while,” Jalen Suggs said. “That was amazing. It’s good to see him back.”
This story will be updated.