Player News - Magic

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The Raptors are reportedly eying Arron Afflalo, should he reach a buyout agreement with the Magic.

The 32-year-old veteran doesn't make much sense on Orlando's roster, so he could certainly be a buyout candidate. However, regardless of the name across his jersey, he'll remain irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Feb 19 - 5:42 PM

C.J. Watson has signed with Turkish League team Usak Sportif.

Watson played 62 games for the Magic last season, averaging 4.5 points and 1.8 assists in 16.3 minutes. He's unlikely to sign with another NBA team.
Feb 17 - 9:22 AM

Jonathan Isaac (ankle) could play in the G League prior to returning to action for the Magic.

"It’s going to be predicated on the practices that we have coming out of the break, how [Isaac] looks, how he feels, how his conditioning is," coach Frank Vogel said. Isaac embraced the idea of playing for the Lakeland Magic, saying he'd "be on a minute restriction thing," and it doesn't sound like he'll be active in NBA games immediately after the break.
Feb 14 - 10:32 PM

Jonathon Simmons came off the bench after halftime on Wednesday and had five points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 25 minutes.

Wesley Iwundu briefly took Simmons' spot with the starters, but that didn't last long -- Simmons was back in the game with 9:33 left in the third quarter. He committed five turnovers tonight, so maybe that raised coach Frank Vogel's ire, but either way it's not likely to have long-term implications.
Feb 14 - 10:29 PM

Mario Hezonja followed up Monday's huge game with 21 points on 10-of-20 shooting, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in a tough loss vs. Charlotte on Wednesday.

Hezonja piled up four steals and three blocks in an all-around game on Monday, and he's been soaring in an expanded role without Aaron Gordon (hip). There's no stated return date for Gordon but he'll have an extended rest over the break, so Hezonja's owners should prepare for leaner stats. To be clear, he's scored 20+ points in three straight games and should obviously be held while we see how his role evolves.
Feb 14 - 10:27 PM

Bismack Biyombo finished Wednesday's game with 11 points, 11 rebounds and one assist, without any defensive stats in 25 minutes.

The Hornets have Orlando's number, having now defeated them in 10 consecutive games. Aaron Gordon (hip) and Nikola Vucevic (hand) are both likely to return after the All-Star break, so this may have been Biyombo's last hurrah as the starting center. Don't hold him at the expense of a more promising rest-of-season pickup.
Feb 14 - 10:26 PM

Evan Fournier cooled off on Wednesday with 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting, adding two steals, one rebound and one assist in 30 minutes.

Fournier admitted that the Hornets have "kicked [Orlando's] ass the last few years," and his team wanted payback, but they fell short in a 104-102 home loss tonight. Fournier was cruising over his past five games with 19.2 points on 52.1% shooting, so we'll give him a pass for tonight's relative dud.
Feb 14 - 10:25 PM

Wesley Iwundu started the second half of Wednesday's game, finishing with four points, seven rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes.

It's unclear why coach Frank Vogel made the adjustment, but Iwundu finished with 20 minutes compared to 25 minutes for Jonathon Simmons. We're not reading into this rotational quirk and owners should leave Iwundu untouched unless it becomes a trend after the break.
Feb 14 - 10:25 PM

As expected, Aaron Gordon (hip) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. Charlotte.

This was a no-brainer for the Magic. Sitting Gordon, who has already withdrawn from the dunk contest during All-Star weekend, on Wednesday allows him an extra eight days of rest. In addition, the more losses the better for Orlando at this point, as they have a solid chance to land the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft. Mario Hezonja, who has scored 20-plus points in two straight games, will continue to see extended minutes on Wednesday.
Feb 14 - 11:15 AM

Coach Frank Vogel said that Aaron Gordon (hip) is unlikely to play Wednesday vs. the Hornets.

Gordon has missed eight straight games, and sitting him on Wednesday is an easy decision for Orlando. He's technically listed as 'questionable', but remaining out through the All-Star break would give Gordon an extra ten days of rest. Also, Orlando should be focused on improving its draft positioning at this point in the season. Mario Hezonja, who is playing the best ball of his career of late, will continue to soak up extra minutes with Gordon sidelined.
Feb 13 - 10:59 AM

Nikola Vucevic (hand) said he expects to return on February 22nd, Orlando's first game after the All-Star break.

Vucevic fractured his left hand on Dec. 23 and has missed each of the 22 games Orlando has played since. However, he plans on returning to game action next Thursday, when the Magic host the Knicks. "I expect to be back against the Knicks, so I’ll stay in Orlando during the break and keep working on my game," Vucevic said Monday night. Bismack Biyombo will start just one more game before he is bumped back to the bench. Khem Birch will also see his minutes reduced.
Feb 13 - 10:58 AM

Shelvin Mack scored five points with six assists, three rebounds and one steal vs. the Bulls on Monday.

He played 26 minutes compared to 22 for D.J. Augustin and nearly helped the Magic fight their way back from 18 points down. This was his second game in a row outplaying Augustin and he also closed this one, so he's worth keeping an eye on in case he steals the starting job.
Feb 12 - 11:18 PM

D.J. Augustin posted his second dud in a row on Monday vs. the Bulls, scoring five points with three assists, two rebounds and one triple in 22 minutes.

The Magic were getting run out of the building, but their second unit brought them back into the game and coach Frank Vogel stuck with Shelvin Mack down the stretch. Augustin has now had one really good game to go with two duds, so he'll be back on the waiver wire soon if he doesn't sort things out. His owners should probably give him another chance unless there's a really hot free agent available like a Mario Hezonja.
Feb 12 - 11:09 PM

Mario Hezonja went off again on Monday, scoring 24 points vs. the Bulls in a 105-101 loss.

The Magic clawed their way back from an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter only for Jonathon Simmons to turn the ball over on an inbounds pass on their second to last possession with the game tied. As for Hezonja, he was using cheat codes on Monday, racking up six rebounds, four steals, three blocks and three triples on 8-of-14 shooting. He's been a second-round value in standard leagues over the past two weeks with Aaron Gordon (hip) out, averaging 16.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.9 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.5 triples. The Magic are probably are kicking themselves for declining his player option.
Feb 12 - 11:04 PM

D.J. Augustin said he will embrace any role for the Magic going forward.

"I’ve started before," Augustin said. "I’ve been a backup before. I’ve been benched. I’ve been cut. I’ve been traded. I’ve been everything. So I know how to handle myself and how to be ready at all times, and that’s something I pride myself on: just being ready for whatever I need to do to help the team win." Augustin has made two starts since the Magic dumped Elfrid Payton, putting up one strong game with 18 points, nine assists, two steals and two 3-pointers and one dud with 11 points on 2-of-7 shooting. He'll get a great matchup vs. the Bulls on Monday, so look for him to bounce back.
Feb 12 - 11:35 AM


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