Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

Jonathan Isaac (ankle) is listed out for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

Isaac has missed 15 straight games since severely spraining his ankle last month. However, Isaac was able to do non-contact work on Tuesday, which would indicate he's at least moving in the right direction.
Dec 12 - 1:06 PM

Arron Afflalo (back spasms) missed practice on Tuesday and is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

Afflalo has started each of Orlando's two previous games in place of Evan Fournier (ankle). Fournier has already been ruled out of Wednesday's contest, so the Magic will be very shorthanded at shooting guard if Afflalo is unable to play. D.J. Augustin and Shelvin Mack would likely log extended minutes playing off the ball next to Elfrid Payton. Jonathon Simmons and Mario Hezonja would also log additional playing time on the wing.
Dec 12 - 12:10 PM

Evan Fournier (ankle) is listed as "out" on the injury report for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

Fournier, who has missed two straight games since rolling his ankle last week, has downplayed the severity of the sprain. We should have an update on his status following the Magic's shootaround Wednesday morning. Arron Afflalo (back) has started in place of Fournier in each of Orlando's last two games but is listed as questionable for Wednesday. D.J. Augustin and Shelvin Mack would likely see extended time at SG if Afflalo is ruled out.
Dec 12 - 11:43 AM

Aaron Gordon (concussion) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers

Gordon, who is dealing with a "mild" concussion, was able to do full-court sprint work on Monday and reportedly is hopeful he will able to play Wednesday night. However, Gordon still has to be cleared by team doctors and an independent physician in order to exit concussion protocol. If Gordon is able to suit up, Mario Hezonja would get bumped back to the bench.
Dec 12 - 11:42 AM

Aaron Gordon was able to do some full-court sprint work on Monday and is hopeful to play on Wednesday vs. the Clippers.

Gordon has a "mild" concussion and will have to pass a series of tests without symptoms before he can clear the protocol. "I'm showing no symptoms," Gordon said. "I feel good. So I'll leave up to the doctors." This is a great sign if he's already sprinting and it sounds like he has a really good shot of playing against Los Angeles.
Dec 11 - 1:13 PM

Evan Fournier (ankle) said he thinks he's day-to-day.

"It shouldn’t be too long, honestly," Fournier said over the weekend. "I don’t know what it’s going to be like. It’s going to be day-to-day, obviously. I’m pretty positive." An MRI confirmed that he has a sprained right ankle, but Fournier doesn't believe it will keep him out as long as Jonathan Isaac's ankle injury -- the rookie has missed 15 games and counting. Fournier's owners just need to keep him stashed at the end of their rosters or in an I.R. slot for the time being and hope for a speedy recovery.
Dec 11 - 10:05 AM

Nikola Vucevic turned in his first triple-double of his career during a 117-110 loss to the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 31 points with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

He becomes he first Magic center to turn in a trip-dub with dimes -- Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard did it Whiteside style with blocks. Just like the start of the season, Vooch is on a wild heater with averages of 23.6 points, 13.2 points, 4.8 boards, 2.6 blocks, 1.2 steals, 1.6 blocks, and 2.2 turnovers on 57.5 percent from the field and 100.0 percent from the line over his last five games. These explosions and playing 28 games so far have him as fantasy's No. 6 player thus far. He won't be this good, but he's been going to shatter his ADP price.
Dec 10 - 1:39 AM

Mario Hezonja made his first start of the season against the Hawks with seven points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

Aaron Gordon (concussion) did not play in this game and coach Frank Vogel went to his third-string PF. Hezonja played well enough to keep Marreese Speights on the bench and his move to PF has been moving as expected -- he started six games at shooting guard his rookie season. With the Magic off for three days, there's a good chance Gordon is back. Leave Mario on the wire in just about all leagues.
Dec 10 - 1:33 AM

Elfrid Payton scored 11 points with one rebound and three assists against the Hawks in his 24 minutes.

It's a little surprising that Payton has been really quiet in the last two games with this one and an 11/0/6 line on Friday. Evan Fournier (ankle) handles the ball a good amount, but that responsibility has gone to guys like Jonathon Simmons and even Nikola Vucevic, who had his first triple-double. Payton will get hot at some point, so just weather the storm of this slow start in December.
Dec 10 - 1:30 AM

Arron Afflalo scored four points with one turnover in 25 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

The Magic should probably just start Wes Iwundu next time out, assuming Evan Fournier (ankle) can't go. Afflalo needs a ridiculous amount of volume to have value in fantasy and he's almost certainly not going to get it.
Dec 10 - 1:28 AM

Shelvin Mack scored nine points with four rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers and a season-high nine assists in 26 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

Revenge game? Mack was terrific as he set up his teammates well all night as coach Frank Vogel went with the small lineup combinations he has all season due to so many injuries. Vogel may not be able to get away with that against the Clippers, so trusting Mack could be a gamble. Plus, that game isn't until Dec. 13. Leave him on the wire.
Dec 10 - 1:25 AM

D.J. Augustin (hamstring) scored eight points with two rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

He was called questionable for this game, but no word came down until he checked into the game. Augustin did get plenty of run off the bench, but Shelvin Mack played well enough to leapfrog him late. DJA could have some short-term value while Evan Fournier (ankle) and Aaron Gordon (concussion) are out because he may play minutes in the upper 20s.
Dec 10 - 1:22 AM

Marreese Speights was a DNP-CD against the Hawks on Saturday.

This is a surprise as coach Frank Vogel went small and really leaned on Mario Hezonja. That may change the next time out, but Aaron Gordon (concussion) isn't expected to be out long.
Dec 10 - 1:19 AM

Wesley Iwundu scored a career-high seven points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

He's probably going to stick in the rotation while Evan Fournier (ankle) is on the shelf. Iwundu hasn't really shown he can produce at the NBA level, but he's show some flashes in summer league, he was a great scorer at K State, and he's produced in the G League. He's a possible DFS punt option against a strong team with hopes of cleaning up in garbage time to go with minutes in the 20s.
Dec 10 - 1:17 AM

Jonathon Simmons scored a career-high 29 points with seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

He also matched his career high in dimes and rebounds in his best pro game. Due to some injuries, the Juice is loose in December, averaging 19.0 points, 5.5 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.2 treys on 49.0 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the line in those six. As you'd expect, he's crushed at the rim at 27-of-37 (73.0 percent) for 36.3 percent of his shot total, so he's been able to overcome some struggles with his jumper. Simmons should be owned in all standard leagues.
Dec 10 - 1:14 AM


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