Magic rookie Jalen Suggs still out with non-COVID illness

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Orlando Magic rookie Jalen Suggs, the No. 5 selection in this summer’s NBA Draft, did not practice Friday and still is sidelined with a non-COVID illness, according to coach Jamahl Mosley.

Suggs did not play in Wednesday’s final preseason game against the Boston Celtics — a 103-102 Magic victory — and his status remains day-to-day.

“He was not able to practice today, but he was in the building with us,” Mosley said of Suggs after Friday’s practice.

The longer he is out with the illness, the more his availability for Wednesday’s regular-season opener at San Antonio becomes questionable. Conditioning and stamina would be the most concerning factors with each day he misses.

Harris ready headed into 8th season

Gary Harris, a guard whom the Magic acquired at the trade deadline in March with the deal that sent Aaron Gordon to the Denver Nuggets, is one of the veteran players on this young Orlando team. He continues to prepare for his eighth season diligently while also helping the Magic’s majority corps of young players develop.

“I feel like there was a lot of growth in the preseason. There were a lot of things — when we came into camp — that we wanted to work on and we got better at a lot thing things,” said Harris, the No. 19 selection by Chicago in 2014, but he never played for the Bulls, traded to the Nuggets on draft night.

“We’ve just gotta continue to keep working, continue to get better. ... We had a good practice day today and trying to feel good going into the regular season.”

He said he, as well as the team, have had a good preseason camp.

“Preseason is good, especially getting your legs under you, getting back in that game shape, getting that live action, so personally I feel great,” Harris said. “I like where this team is, so we just continue to keep working. We have a few days until the regular season starts, so just continue to do the right steps each and every day.

“Good, bad ... no matter what we did, the regular season is way different. Preseason doesn’t matter. Those games don’t count. It’s a whole new season ... so the same mistakes that we had in preseason, we can’t continue to make the same mistakes.”

Ticket information

As the Magic continue to prepare for the regular season, with their home opener next Friday against the New York Knicks, fans can also make preparations to attend games via a variety of ticket plans.

Season tickets

Orlando Magic season tickets are on sale now. Call 407-89-MAGIC or visit orlandomagic.com/seasontickets to learn more about exclusive benefits and special events only for season-ticket holders.

Flex plans

Convert your Flex Bank for seats and suites all season long. Choose the amount of money you would like to load into your account and then choose how to redeem your seats and suites. Flex Banks start as low as $1,000. Call 407-89-MAGIC to speak to a ticket sales representative or visit orlandomagic.com/flexplans for more information.

Single-game tickets

Single-game tickets are also available in the Amway Center, with upper-level seats starting at $18 and lower-level seats starting at $31. Visit orlandomagic.com or call 1-800-4NBATIX for more information.

Fast-break promotion

Fast Break passes — five games for $49 — or a seasonal Fast Break pass — all home games for $599 are available. Manage your pass, scan into Amway Center and even upgrade your seats using the Orlando Magic App. Call 407-89-MAGIC or visit orlandomagic.com/fastbreak to purchase your Fast Break Pass.

Group events

Take your next group event to a whole new level with a gathering to a Magic game this season. Book your group night now and ensure the best seats and games for your guests. Group ticket discounts of up to 35% off for groups of 10 or more. Call 407-89-MAGIC for more information and to reserve your next event today.

Amway protocols

Health and safety-detailed safety standards and protocols are outlined at www.orlandomagic.com/healthandsafety. Face coverings are encouraged for fully vaccinated fans. For fans over the age of two who are not fully vaccinated, the Magic ask that face coverings be worn at all times, except when actively eating or drinking. Per new CDC guidelines, individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are encouraged to wear a mask indoors in public to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others.

Cashless concessions

Amway Center is 100% cashless at all concession and merchandise points of sale. Pay with debit or credit cards, Google Pay, Apple Pay or the Orlando Magic App sponsored by Verizon. Avoid lines at concessions, and place your food order through the Orlando Magic app.

This article originally appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Chris Hays covers the Orlando Magic and high school and college football recruiting for the Sentinel. He can be reached at CHays@orlandosentinel.com

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