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A few teams ahead of the Magic on the draft board are said to be interested in moving back, such as the Atlanta Hawks and... With just over two weeks left until the NBA draft, the Boston Celtics are reportedly looking to trade up and are willing to package their three first-round picks in order to help facilitate a potential deal, according to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer. “It’s a knee injury,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. All rights reserved (About Us). “He’ll be proud, man,” Brown said of Okeke. He’s been great.

The biggest ‘if’ for Auburn in Final Four wasn’t late (non) calls. 4:44pm: Okeke will sign a G League contract to play for the Magic’s affiliate in Lakeland, according to Charania and Josh Robbins of The Athletic. Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. It was Chuma Okeke’s health. Sign up for the The Rookie Wire newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning. “Also, let’s not forget, Chuma Okeke’s not on the floor and these guys found a way to beat Kentucky and put themselves in a position to almost beat Virginia, who is an unbelievable team — incredibly well-coached, very disciplined, and they have very high-level players. Anfernee McLemore stepped to the free-throw line with 17.6 seconds remaining in the Final Four, his Auburn team clinging to a two-point lead against top-seeded Virginia. When the Charlotte Hornets are on the clock with the third overall pick in the NBA draft, the prevailing thought around the league is the organization will be looking to select a big man, with James Wiseman and Onyeka Okongwu the most likely candidates. I think he’s going to be able to get a full, full year of just being able to make sure he gets his knee strong, and then be able to resume playing. The Magic view Okeke as a potential player that can impact games on both ends of the floor.

Ahead of the NBA draft on Nov. 18, the Orlando Magic are reportedly attempting to trade up into the mid-lottery range, according to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer. After dispatching the three winningest programs in college basketball history in three straight games to get to the Final Four, Auburn took top-seeded Virginia—a team that had lost just combined games the last two seasons—to the brink. Chuma Okeke …

During his time with Lakeland, Magette had an opportunity to get to know Okeke. For Chuma. Virginia’s Kyle Guy scored six points in the final eight seconds, including the go-ahead free throws with 0.6 seconds left after a controversial foul call on Samir Doughty to sink Auburn’s hopes, sending the Tigers home with a heartbreaking 63-62 defeat in Minneapolis. https://therookiewire.usatoday.com/2020/01/29/chuma-okeke-injury-update-torn-acl-orlando-magic-g-league/, have agreed to redshirt the 2019-20 season, Rookie Wire Power Rankings: Zion Williamson makes his first appearance, Fans are outraged Magic rookie Chuma Okeke is not featured in NBA 2K20, Chuma Okeke: 'When they called my name, it was just a shock', Here is why shuttle times will be much faster at 2020 NBA draft combine, Source: 2020 NBA draft combine results for Kansas guard Devon Dotson, Ja Morant called R.J. Hampton 'one of the fastest' guards he has ever seen, Report: Spurs hosted a private, in-person workout with Deni Avdija, NBA prospect Malik Fitts on being an underdog and board man getting paid, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. The Tigers felt they “had the game in the bag,” senior guard Bryce Brown said. MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - APRIL 06: Jared Harper #1 of the Auburn Tigers looks on from the bench in the second half against the Virginia Cavaliers during the 2019 NCAA Final Four semifinal at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 6, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. That means health is his biggest priority for the young forward.

Charlotte has even been rumored into wanting to trade up in order to have the opportunity to take Wiseman. It wasn’t the critical final foul on Doughty. Chuma Okeke, the Magic’s first-round pick in the NBA draft. It’s a question Auburn will have to live with for some time, wondering what would have changed had Chuma Okeke not torn his ACL on a drive to the basket with 8:08 to play in the Sweet 16 against North Carolina. Magic's Chuma Okeke to reportedly wait a year to sign rookie deal after ACL rehab; here's why it makes sense for both sides The Magic are getting creative in order to … He would have also given Auburn another option offensively as the Tigers tried to crack the Cavaliers’ pack-line defense. Teammate Al-Farouq Aminu liked the move since Okeke can rehab at his own pace. It wasn’t the non-call on a Ty Jerome double-dribble in the closing seconds. Okeke’s presence would have given Auburn a better matchup on Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter, who took over early in the second half, scoring 10 of his 14 points after halftime. He looked down, nodded his head, reaching deep within for a swelling of confidence. He’s getting closer to getting back on the court and practicing with us (Lakeland). He’s got a great attitude, really professional for being such a young guy. All rights reserved (About Us). © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. Please check your email for a confirmation. 14, 26 and 30, in trades in an attempt to move up into the mid-lottery. Samir Doughty shows grace in face of heartbreaking late foul call. The Tigers were without their third-leading scorer and leading rebounder, missing 12 points and nearly seven rebounds per game — not to mention their leader in steals. Auburn’s men’s basketball schedule for 2019-20 is released. The move allowed the Magic to keep an open roster spot available for a player that can contribute this season. The Orlando Magic drafted Chuma Okeke with the 16th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft but the former Auburn forward has not been around the team much since then. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.

The Cavaliers needed a miracle in the closing seconds to escape and advance to Monday’s title game, where they’ll face Texas Tech. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. The Celtics have made each of their three first-round picks available, Nos. The move by the Magic to redshirt Okeke is a bit rare as players entering the NBA with injuries have often signed their rookie contracts rather quickly, such as Michael Porter Jr. with the Denver Nuggets. Several of his Magic teammates have kept in contact with him, including then-two-way contract player Josh Magette (the Magic have since cut him). The Hornets have been said to be highly interested in drafting Wiseman and believe his talent can be a big addition to the lineup. He comes in and is very supportive and engaged during our games. 15 and 45 picks, respectively, and are looking to move up. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. Auburn was on the cusp of its first appearance in the national championship game — and then it wasn’t. “You just got to tell them to keep it in perspective,” Pearl said. Losing Chuma two games ago, who is probably our best overall player, beating Kentucky and having a chance to beat Virginia, they should be proud.”.

According to the report, which cited multiple league sources, the Celtics have had no luck so far as no team is willing to make a deal.

“You know, Auburn’s at the Final Four and we probably should’ve won that game and be playing in the finals. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). Give Virginia credit. Okeke could eventually play some in the G League with Lakeland but it is evident the Magic have high hopes for him in the future and believe he can develop into a key player. Head coach Steve Clifford believes Okeke is a perfect fit with the team as a player that is versatile on defense and can help stretch the floor on offense.

It wasn’t even in U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday night. If he would have been up here or something, they would have wanted him back within seven or eight months, where the likelihood of a full rehab actually goes down. Without Okeke, who underwent successful surgery in Pensacola, Fla., on Tuesday with Dr. James Andrews and did not travel with the team to Minneapolis, Auburn was down to a nine-man rotation.

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