Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

Victor Oladipo is working out in Indiana with Dwyane Wade, Tyler Zeller, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem and Josh McRoberts.

Oladipo, Zeller and Wade all had the same college coach, Indiana head coach Tom Crean, and Wade has been very close to coach Crean since his Marquette days. Oladipo was compared to Wade coming out of the draft and figures to play much more shooting guard this season. He could have a breakout season and is worth a look any time after Round 3 in standard fantasy drafts.
Aug 18 - 11:43 AM

Anthony Randolph signed with Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia.

The Magic waived him back on July 15 after they acquired his contract in a trade, and he'll finally be headed overseas. Randolph has been a fantasy marvel in the past five years or so and he always seemed to get our attention for his random big stat lines.
Source: Sportando
Aug 18 - 9:29 AM

Tobias Harris is looking for a new deal and the Magic will talk to him about it this summer.

He'll be a restricted free agent after this season, but the Magic may want to lock him up before he gets a big offer sheet next summer. Harris may be playing more small forward after coach Jacque Vaughn liked to keep him as his primary bench forward last season, so he's a mid-late round pick with a high ceiling in fantasy leagues.
Aug 15 - 9:10 AM

Free agent guard E'Twaun Moore is expected to sign with the Chicago Bulls, according to Magic insider Mary Stevens.

There were strong indications that Moore would be headed to the Cavaliers, a free-agent hot spot this offseason. But Stevens calls those reports "false" and says that Moore will sign with Chicago in the next few days. He will likely be competing for minutes with backup veteran guard Aaron Brooks and does not hold any significant fantasy value heading into next season.
Aug 14 - 7:01 PM

Unrestricted free agent E'Twaun Moore is reportedly in strong consideration to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Moore is at the top of the Cav's list once the Kevin Love trade is finalized, according to David Pick of Eurobasket. The 25-year-old would compete with Matthew Dellavedova for the backup point guard job behind Kyrie Irving, but wouldn't hold a lot of fantasy value coming off a 2013-14 season during which he averaged 6.3 points and 1.4 assists.
Aug 7 - 11:37 AM

Tobias Harris stated in a recent interview that he was playing at "about 75 percent" healthy last season.

Harris missed the first 12 games of the season due to a high ankle sprain, returned for one game, and then went on to miss an additional nine. His numbers also regressed a bit as he averaged 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 0.5 three-pointers a game. However, Harris is now fully recovered and is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, so it's possible we see a bit of a bounce back effort from the former waiver wire phenom.
Aug 4 - 3:17 PM

Victor Oladipo said Elfrid Payton is "perfect" for the Magic.

"He's a pass-first point guard, and he plays 'D,' " Oladipo said. Payton is fully expected to become the starter for the Magic right off the bat, and he's going to enter the season with some momentum after an impressive summer league. He's worth a look in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Aug 4 - 12:50 PM

Tobias Harris is participating in Basketball without Borders Africa activities this week in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He's working on putting on weight this offseason, which suggests he'll play a little more power forward. Although, the addition of Channing Frye makes small forward a bigger hole, so Harris could see plenty of time there, as well. Harris is a high-ceiling guy in the later rounds of drafts.
Aug 4 - 11:20 AM

Victor Oladipo learned a lot from his experience with USA Basketball's select team, and he will bring that knowledge with him to Orlando.

"The biggest thing was just the intensity everybody played with," said Oladipo. "It was amazing, and I could definitely learn from that... Going up against the best in the world every day, for three days straight, was crazy. It definitely helped me realize where I was at and what I need to work on and what I need to get better at. And it gave me a little bit of confidence as well. I’m just going to try to carry it over to the team, and I’m looking forward to bringing the same intensity that was there every day to the Orlando Magic as well." With Aaron Afflalo gone, Oladipo has no competition for minutes, and he is primed to have a solid sophomore season with the Magic.
Aug 1 - 5:24 PM

Tobias Harris is bulking up this summer in anticipation of playing more minutes at power forward next season.

"It’s definitely going to help me a lot," Harris said of the added muscle. "Going into the offseason a focus was on being able to guard those stronger guys. I’ve put my time in the weight room and I can definitely feel it." Harris shot 46.4 percent from the field last season with nearly half his attempts coming within eight feet of the hoop, and his aggressive style should benefit from his offseason strength-training regimen.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 30 - 10:14 AM

The Magic have agreed to terms with free agent PG Peyton Siva, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Siva was waived by the Pistons last week and he's unlikely to have fantasy relevance in Orlando's backcourt. Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo will start in the backcourt, with Devyn Marble, Luke Ridnour, Willie Green, Ben Gordon and Siva competing for reserve minutes.
Jul 29 - 6:33 PM

Maurice Harkless will not play with Puerto Rico in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball this summer.

Harkless had been set to suit up for Team Puerto Rico, but has decided to concentrate on preparing for the 2014-15 season instead. "He wants to focus on the Magic and getting ready for his most important season to date," Harkless' agent Happy Walters said. Harkless only averaged 7.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 24.4 minutes per game during the 2013-14 season, so his fantasy value is limited to the deepest of fantasy leagues at this point.
Jul 29 - 1:56 PM

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said that he can see that Nikola Vucevic is becoming more comfortable on the basketball court.

"He’s feeling more comfortable on the floor," Vaughn said. "Even when he gets the ball in the post, the comfort level of seeing cutters and passing out of the post. I just think he’s more comfortable." Vucevic's rebounding has been a constant, but he'll need to work on establishing himself as a consistent scorer during his third season in Orlando. If Vucevic can stay healthy (he only made it through 57 games last season), while taking another step-up in the scoring department, he can be a very rewarding early-mid-round selection.
Jul 28 - 4:32 PM

The Magic officially signed Luke Ridnour on Friday.

"We’re extremely excited to welcome Luke [Ridnour] and his family to Orlando," said Magic GM Rob Hennigan. "Luke is a proven player in this league who is well-respected as a teammate and competitor. The depth and veteran experience he will provide to our backcourt will help our team continue to grow." Ridnour will likely backup Elfrid Payton in Orlando, and his minutes will be in the low 20s, which takes him out of the conversation in standard leagues.
Jul 25 - 5:04 PM

The Orlando Magic have agreed on a three-year contract with second-round pick Devyn Marble.

The three-year deal will fully guarantee Marble's rookie season, while his second and third year will become guaranteed after specific trigger dates. Marble posted solid stats during five Summer League games, but will is more of a project and won't find enough minutes in 2014-15 to provide much fantasy value.
Jul 24 - 12:12 PM


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