Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Magic coach Steve Clifford said it's too early to discuss what Timofey Mozgov's role will be.

"I think with Timofey Mozgov he’s, again, an experienced player," Clifford said. "He’s very bright. He’s a big body, and he’s a much better athlete than people give him credit for. So we’ll see. We’ll bring them in and start to get to know them." The Magic have Nikola Vucevic and Mo Bamba competing for the starting job, while Khem Birch proved last season that he's a rotation player in the NBA. Barring a surprise, Mozgov will likely be the fourth center on the depth chart.
Jul 12 - 10:11 AM

Shooting coach Drew Hanlen said Mo Bamba is "up there with the most improved guys that I’ve ever worked with" during their time spent this offseason.

This is noteworthy because Hanlen has worked with dozens of NBA players. "I’ve been quoted as saying that he came longer in three months than any pre-draft guy I have had,’’ Hanlen added. "That wasn’t a marketing strategy; that the truth because he has come so far. He’s in a good place and he’s still got a long way to go in getting better.’’ Bamba's offense has been a big story in Vegas, including some 3-pointers, post-up moves, and scoring as a screener. With Bismack Biyombo gone, the Magic clearly want to get him minutes right away.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 11 - 6:50 PM

Isaiah Briscoe (shin contusion) will not play on Thursday against the Jazz.

Briscoe has fared well in his trip to Vegas, and he'll almost certainly make the final 15 in October. Briscoe could even compete with Jerian Grant for the backup PG role.
Jul 11 - 4:40 PM

The Magic have signed Troy Caupain to a two-way contract.

With the two-way deal in place, Caupain will be allowed to spend 45 days on the active roster with the Magic, with the rest of his time coming with Orlando's G-League affiliate. In other words, he'll be a non-factor in fantasy hoops while the team is healthy.
Jul 11 - 9:26 AM

Melvin Frazier scored three points (0-of-6 FG, 3-of-4 FT) and had one rebound, one assist, three steals and four turnovers in Orlando's summer league loss to Pheonix on Monday.

For someone who shot 55.6 percent from the field in college, this was not his best performance. He also had more turnovers than points which is never a good look. It's unlikely that Frazier will be a big player for the Magic this season and will probably spend some time in the G-League. As far as fantasy, he doesn't have much of any value until proven otherwise.
Jul 10 - 12:14 AM

Mo Bamba picked up 11 points, five rebounds and one block in just 15 minutes during Sunday's blowout win in Vegas.

Bamba hit a nice catch-and-shoot 3-pointer in the first quarter (check out his shooting form via the link below) and would have had a bigger line if he played more minutes. The best news for Bamba may have come on Saturday, when a three-team trade sent Bismack Biyombo to the Hornets. The same deal brought Timofey Mozgov to Orlando, but he's a buyout candidate -- barring competition from Khem Birch, the rookie should be a lock for Nikola Vucevic's backup minutes.
Jul 9 - 12:02 AM

Jonathan Isaac piled up 12 points, seven rebounds (four offensive), two assists, two steals, five blocks and just one turnover in 24 minutes vs. Memphis on Sunday.

Defensive stats are the bedrock of Isaac's fantasy appeal -- on a per-36-minute basis last season, he notched 2.2 steals and 2.0 blocks. He also shot 38.2% from the field and went 4-of-11 tonight, which is the biggest caveat for his fantasy potential, but he's showing some improved off-the-dribble scoring ability. He projects as a high-upside gamble in the late rounds and is simply a cut above most players in Vegas.
Jul 8 - 11:58 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said he likes the size Jerian Grant will bring to Orlando's perimeter defense.

For now, Grant is likely going to be the backup point guard behind D.J. Augustin. Perhaps Isaiah Briscoe can jump him for the backup minutes, as well. Grant is not someone to draft in fantasy yet.
Jul 8 - 2:15 PM

Khem Birch (rest) will not play on Sunday against the Grizzlies.

He played for Canada's national team recently, so he's just getting the day off to start a back-to-back set. This clears the runway for Mo Bamba, who only played 19 minutes on Friday. Yep, we'll be getting more Jaren Jackson Jr. vs. the Bamba and Jonathan Isaac duo.
Jul 8 - 2:06 PM

Coach Steve Clifford suggested that D.J. Augustin is still the Magic's starting point guard.

"D.J. Augustin is a very good player, a professional player," Clifford said. "He’s proven he can play against starters." With the Magic trading for Jerian Grant, it still sounds like DJA is going to be the lead man on a team with arguably the worst PG depth in the NBA. Behind Augustin, we'll see if Isaiah Briscoe can beat out Grant.
Jul 8 - 1:54 PM

Timofey Mozgov is headed to Orlando in a three-team deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

He was traded to Charlotte in the Dwight Howard deal, and he's on the move again for another bad center contract. Mozgov will be a candidate to be bought out.
Jul 7 - 8:54 PM

Chicago is trading Jerian Grant to Orlando as part of a three-team deal, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls shopped Grant in February, and it's fairly obvious he wasn't part of their plans. Grant enters what is easily the worst PG situation in the NBA, and he'll compete with D.J. Augustin and Isaiah Briscoe for minutes. Still, Grant may not even be able to beat these two guys out for playing time.
Jul 7 - 8:52 PM

Jonathan Isaac showed some impressive growth against the Nets on Friday during an 86-80 win, scoring 20 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one block, one steal, no turnovers and no fouls in 29 minutes.

He was a sight to behold with a slew of scoring off the bounce, a good amount of ball-handling to run the offense, and tremendous defense. Isaac even ran some pick-and-pop plays with Mo Bamba, and the duo's length made it tough to score. Isaac has said he is much more comfortable at Vegas this year and it shows in a big way. He will be one of our favorite bench players to target in drafts.
Jul 6 - 7:10 PM

Mo Bamba made his pro debut against the Nets on Friday, scoring 11 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

He hit a 3-pointer on a pick-and-pop play with Jonathan Isaac, and the Magic clearly gave him a green light to take as many jumpers as they want. Bamba worked on his jumper for months, including time with Drew Hanlen. Obviously his defense will get some headlines, but coach Steve Clifford said that he's expecting Bamba to make a major offensive impact right away. So far, so good for the No. 6 pick.
Jul 6 - 7:08 PM


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