Player News - Magic

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Evan Fournier has impressed new Magic coach Steve Clifford with his work this summer.

"We’ve had a bunch of guys coming in here all the time in September and are in a really good place right now – none better than Evan," Clifford gushed. "It’s the shooting, his basketball IQ, his ability to play off screens is terrific and he’s bigger than I realized.’’ Fournier saw his season cut short due to a knee sprain but is eager to put that behind him. He’s posted almost identical stat lines the last two years and figures to do so again, making him a value pick in the later-rounds of drafts.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 20 - 5:26 PM

Mo Bamba said he changed his diet from his college days.

This isn't necessarily big news, but it's a positive for young players to change their diet to help keep them in shape. For now, Bamba is expected to come off the bench, but the team dealing Bismack Biyombo away suggests they want him on the court to start his NBA career. Given his upside for blocks and his early growth as a shooter, Bamba is worth a look in the later rounds.
Sep 19 - 4:43 PM

Evan Fournier has fully recovered from his March knee sprain and will not have any limitations at training camp.

Fournier looked fine at the Africa Games, and he'll enter the year as one the primary options in Orlando's offense. At the very least, he should be able to match last year's numbers of 17.8 points, 2.2 triples, 2.9 assists and 1.7 turnovers per contest, which was good enough for sixth-round value in 9-cat leagues. He'll be a nice value-pick towards the later rounds.
Source: NBA
Sep 18 - 5:22 PM

According to Magic official team reporter John Denton, Jonathan Isaac "will resemble a small forward on offense and a power forward defensively" this season.

Denton has worked for the Magic for years, and he adds that Aaron Gordon will be more of a small forward on defense and a power forward on offense. Of course, offensive positions can be viewed as arbitrary assignments, but this makes sense after we saw how much Isaac handled the ball on the wing in Las Vegas. If his offensive game is even halfway decent, Isaac could have a breakout season based on his per-minute output in defensive stats.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 13 - 12:00 PM

Aaron Gordon said he's had as many sit-down talks with coach Steve Clifford as he's has with his previous four coaches combined.

Orlando is basically Gordon's team now with some trade rumors swirling around some of their veterans, and Gordon now signed for the next four years. D.J. Augustin isn't a ball-dominant guy, so Gordon should have a big chance to produce offense. If he can up his percentage, AG could wind up as a top-25 player.
Sep 8 - 5:38 PM

Rashad Vaughn worked out for the Timberwolves earlier this week.

Vaugh appeared in 28 games for three teams (Bucks, Nets and the Magic) during the 2017-18 season. He was waived by Orlando in early March after injuring his knee. He is still looking for a training camp contract at this point. He was joined in this week's workout by Marcus Georges-Hunt and John Jenkins.
Sep 8 - 1:03 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said Terrence Ross has "really committed himself" this offseason.

Ross' first season in Orlando was basically a lost cause due to a sprain to his MCL and a tibial plateau fracture, missing 57 games. After earning a starting spot to open last season, the 27-year-old may be squeezed out of minutes this season with the Magic wanting to look at more of the Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac forward combo. Based on his work in the offseason, it would appear Ross knows what's at stake, but he doesn't have fantasy value in most leagues yet.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 29 - 3:19 PM

Nikola Vucevic is "is expected to be available on the trade market," according to a report in The Athletic.

Vucevic has just one year left on his contract and will be paid $12.75 million, which is a comparatively affordable deal. It makes sense that the Magic would like to trade Vucevic before he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer. Orlando drafted center Mo Bamba with the sixth overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft and, as a result, are unlikely to commit major money to re-sign Vooch. The Magic likely view their future frontline as Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon and Bamba.
Aug 28 - 1:31 PM

The Fujian Sturgeons of the CBA announced Saturday that they have signed Andrew Nicholson and Russ Smith.

Nicholson spent last season with the Guangdong Tigers, where he averaged 22.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Selected by Orlando with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the 28-year old Nicholson's most recent NBA action came during the 2016-17 season.
Aug 11 - 2:51 PM

Andrew Nicholson is reportedly expected to remain in China next season.

After the Blazers waived Nicholson last summer, he signed with the Guangdong Tigers for the 2017-18 season. He is expected to ink a deal with the Fujian Sturgeons for the 2018-19 campaign.
Aug 10 - 12:19 PM

Mo Bamba has been working out at the Amway Center approximately four hours a day, including "spending time in the weight room [and] doing on-court drill work."

He's also playing pickup games with Nikola Vucevic, Timofey Mozgov and Aaron Gordon, as Orlando's existing frontcourt has readily embraced the No. 6 pick. Adding muscle will also be crucial for the 7'0", 225-pounder to develop as a force in the paint. He should be a per-minute blocks machine and has shown much-improved offensive skills all summer, drawing high praise from shooting coach Drew Hanlen. It wouldn't be surprising if he earned the backup-center minutes right out of the gate.
Aug 1 - 6:32 PM

Adreian Payne is reportedly expected to sign a deal to play in China next season.

Payne was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 draft by Atlanta. However, he never lived up to expectations, averaging just 4.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.1 minutes over 107 career games in the NBA. He waived by the Magic last January.
Jul 31 - 12:08 PM

The Orlando Magic and Amile Jefferson have agreed to a two-way deal.

He led the Las Vegas Summer League in rebounds with 12.6 per game, adding averages of 8.6 points, 1.0 dimes and 1.4 blocks in those five outings. The Duke product is 25 years old and is likely to stay in the G League while Orlando has a healthy roster.
Jul 27 - 6:37 PM

Jarell Martin has been traded to the Magic in exchange for Dakari Johnson and cash considerations.

As long as Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac and Khem Birch are healthy, it'll be tough for Martin to find meaningful minutes with the Magic.
Jul 23 - 4:29 PM

Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba will not play on Thursday.

It's just rest for the two top-10 picks in the last two NBA drafts. They have been running in 5-on-5 practices since July 3, and they already played in three outings in Vegas. Isaac has been awesome on the ball as a scorer, and he's shown he can defend in space. Isaac is going to be a high-demand target in the middle rounds of drafts.
Jul 12 - 10:10 PM


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