Player News - Magic

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Nikola Vucevic racked up 20 points, 13 rebounds (four offensive), five assists, two blocks and one steal vs. the Spurs on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to avoid another home loss.

The Magic have been struggling at the Amway Center lately, and they're now just 14-13 at home on the season. Vuc logged 37 minutes tonight and the 22 shot attempts were his most in nearly a month -- he's a top-30 roto value through Orlando's first 49 games, and there's no reason to think he'll slip down the stretch.
Feb 10 - 11:19 PM

Elfrid Payton continued to play well on Wednesday, chipping in 13 points, six rebounds, seven assists and two steals while hitting 5-of-11 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs.

We often give Payton a hard time for poor shooting, so it's only fair to praise him when he's doing well -- over the past three games he's shooting 50.0 percent from the field, including a 4-of-9 mark from downtown. If he can keep this up after the All-Star break, he should emerge as a reliable roto option -- he's already posting late-round value in most points leagues.
Feb 10 - 11:19 PM

Evan Fournier drained 10-of-20 shots including three 3-pointers to finish Wednesday's game with a team-high 28 points, five assists, two rebounds and only one turnover in 42 minutes.

Tobias Harris (ankle) was out again tonight which shifted more opportunities to Fournier, who made the most of the situation with his highest-scoring game since Nov. 18. He drained a key 3-pointer to tie the game at 96-96 after blowing a big fourth-quarter lead, but the Magic couldn't answer a Kawhi Leonard jumper with less than a second on the clock. It's a tough way to head into the All-Star break.
Feb 10 - 11:18 PM

Aaron Gordon finished Wednesday's tough loss to the Spurs with four points (1-of-6 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), a game-high 14 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 30 minutes.

AG's shot wasn't falling but he stayed aggressive and had a few impressive defensive sequences, which will go a long way to keeping him in Scott Skiles' good graces. Gordon has double-digit rebounds in three straight games, with at least three assists, one steal and one block in those games -- he's a solid 'hold' for rest-of-season value.
Feb 10 - 11:17 PM

Dewayne Dedmon chipped in two points, nine rebounds, two assists and one block in 11 minutes vs. the Spurs on Wednesday.

Jason Smith was out with back spasms and Dedmon took advantage of an expanded role, giving Orlando a solid paint presence during the short stints Nikola Vucevic spent on the bench. Dedmon is barely worth a glance in the deepest leagues.
Feb 10 - 11:16 PM

Jason Smith (back spasms) will miss Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

With Smith and Tobias Harris (ankle) out Wednesday, Aaron Gordon is going to get all the run he can handle with guys like Channing Frye and Andrew Nicholson seeing some extended time off the bench. Frye and Nicholson can't be considered viable targets in almost any setting.

C.J. Watson (calf) will not play against the Spurs on Wednesday.

There was a chance he was going to play, but the Magic will just keep him out through the break. Watson can be ignored in all leagues.
Feb 10 - 5:47 PM

Tobias Harris (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Wednesday.

He has soreness in his left ankle and the team will allow him to sit out for close to two weeks. With Harris out tonight, Evan Fournier will get a start while Aaron Gordon is very appealing to use in all leagues tonight. Harris is also reportedly on the trade block for next week's deadline.
Feb 10 - 5:24 PM

Tobias Harris (ankle) did not participate during shootaround and will likely be a game-time decision for Wednesday's matchup with the Spurs.

Harris will test his ankle during pregame warmups, and given that Scott Skiles hasn't yet ruled him out, there's a chance he takes the court tonight. If Harris is able to give it a go, Evan Fournier will likely return to the bench, and his value will take a slight hit with the return to the second-unit. Stay tuned.
Feb 10 - 11:28 AM

C.J. Watson (calf) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

Watson has been sidelined since November 9 with the calf injury, so he'll more than likely be brought along very slowly following such a lengthy absence. There's no reason to pick him up in most leagues, but Watson will likely take away most of Shabazz Napier's minutes once he's fully up to speed.
Feb 10 - 11:25 AM

The Magic are reportedly "swinging for the fences," and are looking to make a major move at the trade deadline.

Atlanta, Boston, Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Clippers have been mentioned as potential trade partners for Orlando, with the Magic are reportedly looking to land a star-type player such as Greg Monroe, Jeff Teague, Al Horford, David Lee or Blake Griffin. Orlando could also look to clear some cap room in order to chase a big name free agent this offseason, but it needs to be said that these reports are currently just in the rumor stage.

Nikola Vucevic scored 28 points against the Hawks during a 117-110 overtime win on Monday, adding 13 rebounds, six assists and one block.

The Hawks are probably glad they won't see Vucevic for a while after he beat them for a game-winner on Sunday. Vooch is playing really well again over his last five, averaging 19.8 points, 8.8 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks on 51.7 percent from the field. He's sitting on third-round value on the season.
Feb 9 - 12:02 AM

Elfrid Payton scored 20 points with four rebounds, seven assists, one block, three steals and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

It's just his fifth 20-point game on the season. Payton has played well in his last two games with a 12-point, 12-dime coming on Sunday against these Hawks. It looks like he'll stick in the starting lineup and hopefully he can finish on a high note like he did last year.
Feb 8 - 11:57 PM

Mario Hezonja scored 14 points with nine rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

It was a little surprising to see him only play 14 minutes on Sunday, but Mario picked up his second game with more than 30 minutes tonight. Tobias Harris (ankle) could be back for Wednesday, so Hezonja is only a 16-team asset right now.
Feb 8 - 11:52 PM

Jason Smith scored 14 points with one assist, two steals and four blocks in 22 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

Coach Scott Skiles loves Jason Smith and made a quick substitution at 8:15 left in the first quarter. Smith is only going to get significant minutes when guys are in the doghouse, so he's not an add.
Feb 8 - 11:47 PM


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