Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

Elfrid Payton scored four points with five rebounds, five assists and one steal in 20 minutes against the Mavericks on Saturday during a 108-93 loss.

He did have a minor knee injury today, but he didn't leave the game. Payton is starting to put up better numbers with double-digit points in his three previous games, but his percentages are back down. He won't have a high ceiling in standard fantasy leagues.
Jan 31 - 10:33 PM

Aaron Gordon played 30 minutes against the Mavericks on Saturday with 11 points, five rebounds and two 3-pointers.

It was a career high in minutes and he took advantage of Kyle O'Quinn not playing. Gordon has some potential for his ability to add defensive stats and the occasional trey, but the woeful foul shooting could be a bugaboo to his fantasy value. Give him a look in deep leagues.
Jan 31 - 10:29 PM

Tobias Harris started for the first time since his ankle injury from earlier this month, playing 30 minutes for eight points, three rebounds, five assists and one steal.

He didn't have a great game and made just 2-of-8 from the field. Harris was on a roll before his injury, but he's been extremely quiet in the past five games, averaging 8.6 points, 3.8 boards, 1.8 assists and 0.2 triples on 28.6 percent from the field. Get those buy-low offers ready.
Jan 31 - 10:26 PM

Kyle O'Quinn was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

Coach Jacque Vaughn doesn't like O'Quinn, but that should be irrelevant soon. If you're looking for a high-upside stash in a deep league, give him a look.
Jan 31 - 10:21 PM

Evan Fournier drew the start in place of Victor Oladipo (Achilles) on Saturday, scoring 15 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

Oladipo's injury doesn't sound serious, but there's a chance he misses additional time. Fournier will be worth starting in standard leagues while VO is out, but fantasy owners shouldn't add him as anything more than a stop-gap asset.
Jan 31 - 10:18 PM

Tobias Harris will start in place of Channing Frye on Saturday against the Mavs.

It's been a long time coming for Harris and he should play minutes close to 30 even with a bruise on his leg. Harris should be in all standard lineups tonight in what should be an up-tempo game. Frye is not worth owning in most leagues.
Jan 31 - 5:58 PM

Evan Fournier will start in place of Victor Oladipo (Achilles) against the Mavs on Saturday.

In his 27 starts at guard, Fournier averaged 14.7 points, 2.7 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.7 triples. Fantasy owners can give him a look tonight as a spot-start guy.
Jan 31 - 5:55 PM

Victor Oladipo (Achilles) will not play against the Mavericks on Saturday.

There is no word on the severity of the issue, but it doesn't sound serious. Oladipo hasn't had any noteworthy Achilles issues in his NBA career and hopefully this is just a one-time thing. Evan Fournier will get the start and is worth a long look as a spot starter.
Jan 31 - 5:53 PM

Tobias Harris (quad) will be available to play against the Mavericks on Saturday.

It was originally thought to be a knee injury, but we have now learned that Harris simply suffered a bruised lower right quad during Thursday's game against the Bucks. This is obviously great news for Harris, and it doesn't look like he will be in danger of missing any time. Harris is still coming off the bench for the time being, but with head coach Jacque Vaughn's job in jeopardy, Harris should be in line for more playing time moving forward.
Jan 31 - 10:58 AM

Updating a previous report, Jacque Vaughn could be fired as early as Monday.

According to sources of Yahoo! Sports, while Vaughn will remain the head coach of the Magic for Saturday's game vs. Dallas, his job security beyond Orlando's two-game road trip (which begins on Monday) is uncertain at this point. When Vaughn is eventually fired, it'll be interesting to see how Kyle O'Quinn and Aaron Gordon are incorporated into the rotation under their new coach. Scott Skiles name has been mentioned as a potential replacement, but that is purely speculation at this point.
Jan 30 - 10:50 AM

The Magic are reportedly very close to firing head coach Jacque Vaughn, and it's gotten to the point that it's not if, but when.

Currently, the only reason Vaughn remains the head coach of the Magic is the lack of a natural candidate to promote to interim head coach from a young, inexperienced staff of assistants. While Vaughn has been successful in creating an environment of player development and hard work in the post-Dwight Howard era, the Magic's continued struggles on the defensive end and unimpressive play at home have some calling for his job.
Jan 30 - 9:00 AM

Victor Oladipo played 34 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday during a 115-100 loss with 21 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers.

He was 6-of-17 from the field tonight and he missed all nine of his shots from beyond four feet. That's been a problem for Oladipo and he really needs to stop settling for jumpers. The second-year guard was taking a Tyreke Evans-like approach, attacking the rim throughout the month and it led to some improved shooting. His arrow is pointing up and he could be a top-25 guy in eight-category leagues the rest of the way.
Jan 29 - 11:00 PM

Tobias Harris said he hurt right knee on Thursday night.

Towards the end of the third quarter, Harris was walking off the court slowly before a timeout. He stayed in the game for a bit and didn't seem to be bothered by it much before he went to the locker room. This doesn't sound like a serious injury, but he should be considered questionable to play on Saturday against the Mavs. If he's out, Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and Kyle O'Quinn may benefit.
Jan 29 - 10:51 PM

Aaron Gordon scored four points in 20 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday with five rebounds.

He was 2-of-4 from the line and that's expected to be a problem for Gordon. The rookie is shooting the ball well from the field at 59.4 percent on the season and he could be a nice contributor in blocks, steals and treys, so owners in deeper leagues should keep their eyes on him. He's a better player to own in head-to-head formats. Plus, Gordon would gain more value if Tobias Harris (knee) needs to miss time.
Jan 29 - 10:46 PM

Kyle O'Quinn picked up some extra run in garbage time against the Bucks on Thursday with seven points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

While O'Quinn has lost a lot of playing time in the past month, there's some new hope. Coach Jacque Vaughn is believed to be on the hot seat, so maybe the potential replacement wants to play KOQ. The Magic's biggest issue has been rim protection, so getting O'Quinn out there more often makes sense. There is upside and fantasy owners can give him a look as a speculative add in deeper leagues.
Jan 29 - 10:42 PM

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