The Magic this season had been one of the NBA’s more fortunate teams when it comes to avoiding having players enter the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
That changed Friday amid an uptick in cases that has left multiple teams experiencing outbreaks and forced the league to revise its protocols.
Terrence Ross, R.J. Hampton Moe Wagner and Ignas Brazdeikis have entered league protocols and the Magic reportedly canceled Friday’s shootaround, according to Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel.
The Orlando Magic canceled this morning's shootaround for a yet-to-be-disclosed reason ahead of tonight's game vs. the Heat.— Khobi Price (@khobi_price) December 17, 2021
Two-way forward Ignas Brazdeikis was placed in the league's health and safety protocols late Thursday night and is listed as out.
Per source: the Orlando Magic have placed Terrence Ross, Moe Wagner and R.J. Hampton in NBA’s health & safety protocols.— Khobi Price (@khobi_price) December 17, 2021
The trio join Ignas Brazdeikis as Magic players in the league's health and safety protocols who will be out tonight vs. the Miami Heat.
What that means for the status of Friday’s game between the Magic and Miami Heat at Amway Center is unclear at the moment.
With the Magic already without Jalen Suggs, Michael Carter-Williams, E’Twaun Moore, Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz, and with Cole Anthony, Mo Bamba and Gary Harris all listed as questionable, the Magic may have a hard time meeting the required minimum of eight active players needed to suit up for a game on Friday.
More to come on this story.