Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, who has missed the past 2 1/2 years while recovering from a torn ACL, is expected to return Monday vs. the Boston Celtics (7 ET, NBA League Pass), according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 22, 2023
The no. 6 pick in the 2017 draft has made three appearances this week for the Lakeland Magic, Orlando’s G League affiliate, averaging 15.8 points while playing 17.7 minutes per game.
Isaac tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing in the NBA’s bubble on Aug. 2, 2020. He missed the entire 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons and the first half of this season. He also underwent a surgical procedure on his right hamstring 10 months ago.
Isaac played in 134 regular-season games in his first three seasons, including 75 games in 2018-19, Orlando’s only winning season of the last 10.
His original left knee injury occurred Jan. 1, 2020, in a game at Washington. He returned to play two games in the bubble before tearing his ACL.
Isaac, 25, is the Magic’s highest-paid player. He has two seasons remaining on a four-year contract that pays him an annual salary of $17.4 million.
Terrence Ross, Markelle Fultz and Mo Bamba are the only players still on the roster who played in Isaac’s last game with the Magic.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.