Player News - Magic

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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

Pistons waive G Peyton Siva.

He had almost no chance to make the team when the Pistons brought on D.J. Augustin, and they also drafted Spencer Dinwiddie. Siva may have a tough time making any NBA team next year due to his smaller size and lack of a jumper.
Jul 22 - 11:16 PM

Magic PF Andrew Nicholson said he is "going back to basics" this summer, following a disappointing sophomore season.

Nicholson's FG percentage plummetted from 52.7 percent as a rookie to just 42.9 percent last year, and his shot charts explain the problem. As a rookie, 47.3 percent of his attempts came in the paint and he didn't attempt a single 3-pointer. In his second season, 27.6 percent of his attempts came in the paint and he launched 89 triples (connecting on only 28 of them). Getting back into the paint could do him a world of favors.
Jul 22 - 6:07 PM

Channing Frye let it be known that he is not a fan of the notion that athletes should take a hometown discount in a recent interview.

"[The idea that athletes should take a hometown discount] it’s just absolutely ridiculous. Because the thing that happens is someone takes a discount. Let’s say the market says they’re worth $10 million and they take $5 million. The next day they get traded, so they’re like ‘well dang, why did I take $5 million if you’re just going to trade me?’" Because Frye went to school at the University of Arizona, and attended high school in Phoenix, it was generally believed that he was going to return with the Suns for the 2014-15 season. However, the two sides were apparently far apart from a contract standpoint, and he elected to go with the highest bidder. Basketball is a business, and Frye makes a valid point.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 18 - 9:26 AM

The Magic will sign Luke Ridnour.

This move will help offset losing Jameer Nelson, but the Magic are clearly going into a rebuilding mode. Elfrid Payton's minutes should be safe and Ridnour will likely see time in the low 20s this season.
Jul 16 - 2:53 PM

Fran Vazquez has signed a contract extension with Unicaja Malaga.

The length of the extension has yet to be announced, but it's starting to sound like the 11th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft may never play in the NBA. Vazquez is 31 years old and only averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds with Unicaja Malaga last season anyway, so his fantasy prospects would be limited even if he hadn't signed this extension.
Source: Sportando
Jul 15 - 11:33 AM

The Magic have acquired the contract of Anthony Randolph, two future second-round draft picks (2015, 2016), and cash considerations from the Bulls in exchange for the draft rights to forward Milovan Rakovic.

Randolph's had a busy summer, first being sent from the Nuggets to the Bulls, and is now on his way to Orlando, although it sounds like he'll be cut before he ever sniffs a Magic jersey or the locker room. Randolph will land somewhere and play a small role off the bench, but his fantasy promise is officially at an all-time low - which is saying something.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 14 - 6:41 PM

The Magic are expected to discuss a contract extension with Tobias Harris around Labor Day.

Orlando has until November 1 to negotiate an extension, after which they'll have to wait until the end of the season. Harris' role shrunk last season but he still averaged 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 30 minutes per game. The bigger issue is that he missed 21 games, and has missed an average of 24 games per season in his three-year NBA career.
Jul 12 - 10:21 AM

Ben Gordon officially signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the Magic on Friday.

The second year is a team option, which mitigates the risk for Orlando, but they're still taking a gamble that the 31-year-old guard will bounce back after a career-worst season in Charlotte. The Magic are deep at SG with Victor Oladipo, Evan Fournier, Doron Lamb and Willie Green all in the mix, which gives Gordon even less upside for fantasy purposes.
Jul 11 - 11:12 AM

The Magic have signed No. 56 pick Devyn Marble to a rookie-scale contract.

Marble averaged 9.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals for Orlando's Summer League team, but he shot only 37.2 percent and was 5-of-16 from downtown. The Magic used the 6'6" swingman at multiple positions and he may carve out a bench role as a rookie, but fantasy owners should look elsewhere for rookie-class value.
Jul 11 - 10:41 AM


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