Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

Mario Hezonja hit 4-of-8 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs to finish Wednesday's loss to Serbia with 16 points, eight boards, two assists and one turnover in 27 minutes.

Hezonja offered a mixed bag throughout the Olympics, particularly on the defensive end, but he came through as his team's second-leading scorer tonight. The rebounds were also nice, but he didn't get double-digit rebounds once in the NBA last season. He's an intriguing flier pick, but could struggle to find big minutes with Evan Fournier starting at SG and Aaron Gordon at SF.
Aug 17 - 11:33 PM

Christian Eyenga is expected to sign with Pallacanestro Varese in Italy.

The 27-year-old forward has played a total of 51 games in the NBA with the Cavaliers and Lakers, but he will likely finish his career overseas. The deal is expected to be completed on Tuesday.
Source: Sportando
Aug 14 - 9:26 AM

Mario Hezonja struggled to stay on the court during Croatia's win over Brazil on Thursday, scoring just six points with two 3-pointers, two boards, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 25 minutes.

Hezonja really struggled on the defensive end, which forced head coach Aleksandar Petrović to leave him on the bench to begin the second half of action. Hezonja has had an up-and-down tournament, sandwiching his 16-point outing between two single-digit performances, and he could struggle with consistency this upcoming season coming off the bench in Orlando. Still, the upside is there to warrant taking him with a late-round selection on draft day.
Aug 11 - 3:19 PM

Nikola Vuveciv stated during a recent interview that he's growing more confident taking 3-pointers.

"My confidence from 3-point shot has been growing. I think it is something I can add to my game," said Vucevic. "Actually even here in practice with the national team, I have been stepping out and knocking down some threes." Magic head coach Frank Vogel said that he liked the idea of Vuvecic expanding his game beyond the arc, so it'll be interesting to see if this is something that becomes a thing next year. For what it's worth, through his first five years in the league, Vucevic has connected on just seven of his 26 3-point attempts.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 10 - 11:16 AM

Mario Hezonja scored 16 points vs. Argentina on Tuesday, adding three boards, one assist, one block and four 3-pointers.

He only had five points in his previous outing vs. Spain, but Hezonja's shooting kept Croatia in the game. Super Mario is an exciting prospect, but the Magic didn't do him any favors this offseason -- they re-signed Evan Fournier to a new deal and are expected to slide Aaron Gordon to small forward to accommodate Serge Ibaka. You can check out one of his highlights in the link below.
Aug 9 - 11:48 PM

The Golden State Warriors have hired Willie Green as an assistant coach.

Green will join Steve Kerr's staff and primarily focus on player development. Green's playing days are behind him and he'll now get a chance to join one of the best coaching staffs in the league.
Aug 9 - 12:44 PM

Updating a previous report, Orlando has extended a training camp invite to Damjan Rudez.

The camp invite was initially reported as a "deal," but Orlando won't be offering Rudez any guaranteed money or even a spot on the roster. The Magic have a wealth of depth at both forward spots, so it's tough to see Rudez winding up on Orlando's opening-night roster.
Aug 4 - 5:46 PM

Damjan Rudez has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Orlando Magic.

The terms of the deal are unclear at the moment, but Rudez appears poised to join the Magic for at least the 2016-17 season. While Rudez has had success overseas, he won't have a huge role with the Magic and isn't much of a fantasy option beyond deeper leagues.
Aug 4 - 12:37 PM

According to Doug Smith of the Toronto Star, Serge Ibaka could be a target for the Raptors next summer.

Ibaka can walk as an unrestricted free agent next summer, so the Magic took a huge gamble by moving Victor Oladipo in the deal. It's unclear if the interest is mutual, but it's no secret that the Raptors need an upgrade at power forward -- Toronto signed Jared Sullinger, but it's just a one-year deal. Regardless, the Magic must be confident that Ibaka will stay in Orlando and his fantasy value should get a nice boost with his new team.
Aug 2 - 10:50 PM

Elfrid Payton said he's spent the summer working on his jumper.

"This offseason I've spent time training between here and Orlando getting strong working on finishing, my jumper along with a list of other things," Payton said. Last season, Payton connected on just 30.9 percent of his jumpers outside of eight feet, and he also hit just 58.9 percent from the line. Floor spacing could be an issue for the Magic with a projected lineup of Payton, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic, so hopefully we will see an improved jumper from the third-year PG. Scott Skiles wasn't a fan of EP, so a fresh start under coach Frank Vogel should help.
Jul 31 - 12:43 PM

Willie Green will join the Golden State staff as an assistant coach.

He played in the NBA for 12 seasons, averaging averaging 8.3 points per game in his career. Green's last season was with the Magic in 2014-15.
Jul 29 - 7:26 PM

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


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