Report: Magic’s Nikola Vucevic out at least a month

Dan Feldman

The Magic’s injuries have gone from silly to serious.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

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Orlando (6-8) is sputtering along in the middle of a mediocre Eastern Conference. Losing Nikola Vucevic will hurt, but it’ll be difficult to fall too far in this playoff race.

After having their best season in a while last year by staying mostly healthy, the Magic are facing new issues now. Aaron Gordon and Michael Carter-Williams are also banged up.

At least Orlando has a couple interesting options behind Vucevic at center. The No. 6 pick in last year’s draft, Mohamed Bamba has shown flashes but mostly struggled so far. He’s in line for a bigger role, and the 21-year-old will have no choice but to sink or swim. Khem Birch is more stable and just better at this point, but he’s more limited.

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