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Report: Magic forward Aaron Gordon out 4-6 weeks with ankle injury

Magic forward Aaron Gordon

TAMPA, FLORIDA - JANUARY 31: Aaron Gordon #00 of the Orlando Magic leaves the court after sustaining an injury during the third quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Amalie Arena on January 31, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

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Magic players Jonathan Isaac, Al-Farouq Aminu, Markelle Fultz and Chuma Okeke are all out long term with knee injuries.

Now, Orlando is facing something completely new.

A long-term ankle injury (to Aaron Gordon).

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Orlando (8-13, 12th in the Eastern Conference) has hung in the play-in race. But that was with Gordon.

The Magic are so decimated at forward without Isaac, Aminu and now Gordon. Gary Clark is in line for a bigger role. Khem Birch could also play more power forward, but he’s best at center.

Don’t expect the Steve Clifford-coached team to throw in the towel. Nikola Vucevic is playing at a near-star level. Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross can pitch in. Rookie point guard Cole Anthony has legitimate ups with his legitimate downs.

But this team is so thin now. It’ll be tough to remain competitive.

This ought to nudge Orlando even further toward dealing Fournier – an impending unrestricted free agent – before the trade deadline. Maybe even Vucevic and Ross, too.

Silver lining: The 2021 NBA Draft looks strong at the top, and the Magic never had grand expectations for this season, anyway. But even with that standard, all these setbacks are still pretty disheartening.