Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

Coach Frank Vogel said he likes the idea of Nikola Vucevic shooting 3-pointers.

"I won't put that on him if he's not comfortable," Vogel said about Vucevic shooting treys. The 25-year-old big man has made a grand total of seven 3-pointers in his career, so this idea is uncharted territory. Vucevic is a terrific midrange shooter and his low-post game will be very important to the Orlando offense. Even with possible trade rumors, Vooch is still an early-round target.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 12:31 AM

Von Wafer took to Twitter to beg for another opportunity to get back into the NBA.

"I'm not ashamed to get on social media and beg for an opportunity back in the NBA," Wafer posted to his Twitter account. "I don't care about nothing, just give me an opportunity." Wafer hasn't played at the NBA level since the 2011-12 season, and he's been trying to make it back ever since. Odds are his plea will fall upon deaf ears.
Jul 28 - 6:16 PM

Nikola Vucevic reiterated his belief that he'll be "the starter, the best player on the team" for the Magic this season.

"I'm not taking anything away from Bismack [Biyombo]," Vucevic said. "I just believe I should start." Magic GM Rob Hennigan called Vuc shortly after the Biyombo signing but didn't state which big man would start, something coach Frank Vogel will hopefully clarify during training camp. The team reportedly isn't looking to trade Vucevic, which is less than ideal for his fantasy value, but he's still a tantalizing top-30 target.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 9:02 PM

The Magic are not currently shopping Nikola Vucevic, according to sources of Zach Lowe of ESPN.

Lowe argues that the Magic may need Vucevic's low-post game and particularly his passing ability for the team to function, as both Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo are limited in both those categories. Head coach Frank Vogel has said that he'll "explore" playing Biyombo and Vucevic alongside one another, although he acknowledged it's a strategy that "won't work against a lot of teams," and he's still yet to name his starting center. If someone in Orlando is traded, Vucevic will be the most likely to go, and that would more than likely improve his fantasy outlook.
Source: ESPN
Jul 27 - 11:23 AM

Frank Vogel said that he intends to put the ball in Aaron Gordon's hands "a lot," and he intends to use Gordon like he utilized Paul George in Indiana.

"If Serge Ibaka weren't here, Gordon would be my power forward," Vogel said. "But Serge is here. Aaron is going to be playing [small forward]. We are going to put the ball in his hands a lot. We're going to use him like Paul George." PG-13 posted a usage rate of 30.1 last season, but George is a substantially better ball-handler than Gordon. AG will start the year as the team's small forward, but it'll be interesting to see just how long that experiment lasts, as it will provide very little spacing for Orlando. Turnovers could be an issue for Gordon, but he could also be in for a career-year.
Source: ESPN
Jul 27 - 11:05 AM

Tyler Harvey signed a deal to play for Auxilium Pallacanestro Torino in Italy.

He was the 51st pick in the 2015 Draft and spent last season in the D-League with the Erie BayHawks.
Jul 22 - 10:41 AM

Jodie Meeks (foot) underwent a procedure to repair his further stabilize the fifth metatarsal in his right foot on Tuesday.

Meeks will be out indefinitely and his return date will depend on how his foot responds to rehab. The 28-year-old still has a chance to return during 2016-17 season, but he won't have much fantasy value when healthy. Any absence will present an opportunity for Mario Hezonja to earn more minutes for himself.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 19 - 12:33 PM

Aaron Gordon said coach Frank Vogel is looking for him to play some point forward.

Gordon said he's talked to his new coach a couple times with Vogel sending him some clips of Gordon. The No. 4 pick of the 2014 draft hasn't really done much as a ball-handler, but the Magic are really going to need someone to make plays with Victor Oladipo on the Thunder. Gordon is expected to start at small forward, so he might have some decent value.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 16 - 7:42 PM

Nikola Vucevic stated during a recent interview that he believes he'll be the starting center for the Magic next season.

"I was starting. I don’t expect that to change," said Vucevic. "I think I have proven I am definitely a starter in this league and I believe one of the best centers in this league. I don’t believe there is any reason for me to come off the bench." Bismack Biyombo was reportedly brought to Orlando "to start," but that report has not been confirmed or denied by the Orlando coaching staff. If Vucevic wants to start next season, he may need to change uniforms.
Jul 15 - 11:37 AM

The Magic will acquire C.J. Wilcox in a trade.

The Clippers thought they were taking the best player left on the board in the draft back in 2014, but the 28th pick never really panned out. He's not expected to get minutes with his new team.
Jul 14 - 10:40 PM

Evan Fournier did not make the final cut for Team France's Olympic roster.

While Fournier will not be suiting up for his national team at the Olympic Games, he's going to be stepping into the largest role of his career next year with the Magic as one of Orlando's primary weapons on offense. Fournier put up solid mid-round value last year behind averages of 15.4 points, 1.2 steals and 2.0 triples per contest, and he'll likely up his output in the scoring column this upcoming season.
Jul 13 - 1:47 PM

Magic GM Rob Hennigan said that Aaron Gordon can play both small forward and power forward.

"We see Aaron as an extremely important piece to what we're doing," he said. "It's about his versatility...he can really impact the game in a lot of different ways." Hennigan specifically mentioned Gordon's "defensive range and athleticism," and he's expected to start the season as Orlando's starting SF while also backing up Serge Ibaka at PF.
Jul 11 - 2:41 PM

The Magic officially signed Stephen Zimmerman on Thursday.

With Nikola Vucevic, Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo on the roster, Zimmerman will spend most of his rookie season picking up DNP-CDs.
Jul 7 - 5:14 PM

Frank Vogel said that he expects Aaron Gordon to start at small forward for the Magic and play "a lot at the backup four" this upcoming season.

This is excellent news for Gordon as his fantasy value was headed in the wrong direction upon the arrival of Serge Ibaka. It sounds like Vogel would like to give Gordon a significant role during his third NBA season, and he'll make for an intriguing late mid-round selection on draft day after putting in averages of 12.0 points, 7.3 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game after the break last season. This news, however, isn't great for Mario Hezonja's outlook.
Jul 7 - 5:09 PM

Frank Vogel said that both Nikola Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo will play center for Orlando, although he would not say who would start.

Vogel added that he currently has two starting centers on the roster, but with reports coming that Vucevic's name has been thrown around in trade talks, it seem much more likely that Vucevic will be wearing a different jersey by the time the 2016-17 season rolls around. However, if Vucevic does wind up remaining in Orlando, his fantasy value will take a massive hit as he gets locked into a timeshare with Biyombo.
Jul 7 - 5:03 PM


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