News: The Magic are expected to keep Okeke inactive for the entire 2019-20 while he focuses on rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Just as the Kings and Nuggets have done with Harry Giles and Michael Porter Jr., respectively, over the past two years, the Magic plan to treat Okeke's rookie campaign as a redshirt year while the big man recovers from the torn ACL he sustained while playing for Auburn in the NCAA tournament. Okeke should be at or near full strength in the spring, but the Magic won't rush him back into action while the team prioritizes his long-term health. Even if he entered training camp 100 percent healthy, Okeke would likely have trouble finding playing time with all of Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, Mo Bamba, Jonathan Isaac and Al-Farouq Aminu ahead of him in some order on the Magic's frontcourt depth chart. Since he's sitting out the season, Charania relays that Okeke won't sign his standard four-year rookie contract until next offseason, an arrangement that should earn the big man an extra $1 million with the rookie scale set to increase. That decision also benefits the Magic, who won't have to extend one of their 15 roster spots to a player who won't contribute in 2019-20.