In view of the injury and COVID protocol absences it has been announced that the NBA have Orlando to make hardship exemption signings.
Orlando have signed four familiar faces to 10 day contracts.
Aleem Ford is forward who has played 11 times this season for Lakeland Magic, making 7 starts. He will wear number 11.
Hassani Gravett is a guard who has played all 12 Lakeland Magic games this season. He was part of the the preseason games and training camp this summer for the Orlando Magic. He averaged 5 points in 10 minutes per game. Gravett will wear number 12.
BJ Johnson is a guard/forward with the Lakeland Magic. He has made 10 starts for Lakeland this season, leading in both scoring and rebounding. Johnson has been involved with Orlando before, including being part of the 2021 training camp. He did not feature in any preseason games. However he has played 17 career NBA games with Atlanta, Sacramento and Orlando. BJ played with the Magic in 2019-20 season. In those 10 appearances Johnson averaged 3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 8 minutes per game. He will wear number 24.
Admiral Schofield is a forward. He has played in all 12 Lakeland games this season, making 10 starts. Schofield was part of the Orlando Magic 2021 preseason, appearing in 2 games where he averaged 1.5 points in under 6 minutes per game. Schofield has made 33 regular season NBA appearances with the Washington Wizards, including 2 starts. In those games he averaged 3 points and 1.4 rebounds in 11 minutes per game. He will wear number 25.
The Reason Orlando Make Hardship Exemption Signings
The Magic injury list is almost every member of the squad. For a game to be played a team requires 8 players to be available. The COVID absences have been the deciding fact for the exemption.
Cole Anthony is out with a sprained right ankle.
Gary Harris was a late scratch from the Atlanta game with hamstring tightness. He is listed as day-to-day.
Mo Bamba sprained his right ankle but has now entered NBA protocols for COVID-19 and is out.
Terrence Ross has entered NBA protocols for COVID-19 and is out for the game.
RJ Hampton has entered NBA protocols for COVID-19 and is out for the game.
Moe Wagner has entered NBA protocols for COVID-19 and is out for the game.
Ignas Brazdeikis has entered NBA protocols for COVID-19 and is out for the game.
Markelle Fultz is still out. On Friday 10th December he went through his first full practice since the ACL injury in the left knee.
Jalen Suggs is out with a fractured right thumb. He will be out for “an extended period of time” and is to be reevaluated in the next week.
E’Twaun Moore remains out with a sprained left knee.
Michael Carter-Williams is out after surgery to remove a bone fragment and repair his left ankle ligament.
Jonathan Isaac continues to be out as he rehabilitates from a left knee ACL injury that saw him miss all of last season. He is said to be making great and steady progress, but is not yet cleared for contact.