Player News - Magic

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Dewayne Dedmon will start against the Suns on Wednesday.

The Magic have really committed to defense since the firing of Jacque Vaughn and it has a little to do with Dedmon. He played 20 minutes on Sunday and will have a chance to log close to 24 minutes. Still, Dedmon's numbers don't look great this season, averaging 3.2 points, 4.0 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocks in 12.0 minutes per game. Unless you need blocks, he's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Mar 4 - 6:08 PM

Channing Frye will come off the bench on Wednesday with Dewayne Dedmon taking his place in Orlando's starting lineup.

Frye has posted the second-worst defensive efficiency rating of any Magic player under interim coach James Borrego, which is the root cause of the switch. "He's trying defensively," Borrego said. "Offensively ... he gives our guards space. He gives Nik [Vucevic] room and space to operate." Frye will still be a part of the frontcourt rotation but his already limited upside takes a hit with this move to the bench.
Mar 4 - 6:06 PM

Tobias Harris (knee) is questionable to play on Wednesday, according to Magic beat writer John Denton.

Harris was limited during Tuesday's practice and can't seem to shake this knee injury. He was originally expected to play on Wednesday so there's some cause for optimism, but his status may not be determined until pre-game warmups. If he doesn't play there will be more opportunities for guys like Aaron Gordon (ankle), Moe Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, and more shots available for Orlando's go-to scorers Nikola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo.
Mar 4 - 5:29 PM

Aaron Gordon (ankle) is available to play vs. Phoenix on Wednesday.

Gordon has missed the past two games and he's dealt with nagging injuries for most of his rookie season, so the Magic aren't likely to give him heavy minutes in his return. Andrew Nicholson loses the most with Gordon in the rotation, though Channing Frye may also see a slight dip in playing time.
Mar 4 - 5:20 PM

Evan Fournier (hip) and Luke Ridnour (hamstring) will not play against the Suns on Wednesday.

Fournier will miss his third game in a row and he is dealing with a day-to-day issue. Aaron Gordon is back and he should get some minutes for the Magic. Fournier is not worth owning in most leagues while Gordon is not worth owning either.
Mar 4 - 5:19 PM

Luke Ridnour (hamstring) will not play vs. the Suns on Wednesday.

His absence shifts a few more minutes to Elfrid Payton, Willie Green and Ben Gordon, though there are no big winners here since Ridnour is playing just 10.6 minutes over his past five games. He's also shooting 28.6 percent from the field during that span and his absence shouldn't hurt any fantasy owners.
Mar 4 - 5:19 PM

Devyn Marble (eye) will miss the next 4-6 weeks due to a detached retina in his left eye.

He could miss the rest of the season. Marble surpassed most expectations as far as playing time goes, averaging 2.3 points, 1.9 boards, 1.1 assists and 0.6 steals in 13.0 minutes per game in 16 outings. He can be cut in most leagues.
Mar 4 - 4:32 PM

Luke Ridnour (hamstring) is questionable to play against the Suns on Wednesday.

Ridnour is averaging just 13.7 minutes per game in a backup role behind rookie Elfrid Payton, so his absence wouldn't have many fantasy implications. It's safe to leave Ridnour on the wire in all but the deepest of leagues.
Mar 4 - 10:09 AM

Evan Fournier (hip) was limited at practice on Tuesday, and he remains questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Suns.

Fournier has missed the last two games and recently said that his hip is still giving him problems, so he is probably closer to doubtful for Wednesday. Fournier has averages of 11.9 points and 1.4 3-pointers this season, so his value is currently limited to deeper leagues at the moment. If Fournier remains sidelined, veteran Willie Green will continue to see an uptick in minutes off the bench.
Mar 4 - 10:08 AM

Aaron Gordon (ankle) was limited at practice on Tuesday, and he is considered questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Suns.

The rookie has missed the Magic's last two games, and they have absolutely no reason to rush him back before he is 100 percent. Gordon is averaging just 15.5 minutes per game this season, so he won't be a reliable option in almost any league until his role grows significantly. Leave Gordon on the wire and expect Channing Frye and Andrew Nicholson to soak up his minutes if he remains on the shelf for Wednesday's game.
Mar 4 - 10:06 AM

Tobias Harris (knee) was limited at practice on Tuesday, but he is expected to play against the Suns on Wednesday.

Harris collided with Victor Oladipo during Sunday's game vs. the Hornets, but he remained in the game and ended up playing 34 minutes. Harris may not be 100 percent, but he will continue to be a must-start option in all leagues as long as he is active.
Mar 4 - 10:05 AM

Evan Fournier is hoping that his sore right hip will continue to get better, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Suns.

"You don't want to mess too much with a muscle," Fournier said. "It's very important to take care of your body and make sure you feel good, because it can get worse." Fournier has been sidelined for the past two games, and the Magic have no reason to rush him back before he is 100 percent. If Fournier remains on the shelf for Wednesday's game, veteran Willie Green will continue to be the primary beneficiary off the bench. That being said, owners in standard leagues can ignore both Fournier and Green for now.
Mar 3 - 9:22 PM

Head coach James Borrego hinted that he is considering changing his starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Suns.

"We're looking at different ways to help that starting unit, Borrego said. "I'm open to all options right now. But we have to get off to better starts." Coach Borrego didn't mention any names, but Channing Frye certainly comes to mind as he has struggled in recent games and saw just 18 minutes vs. the Hornets on Sunday. Rookie Elfrid Payton also saw just 13 minutes vs. the Hornets, but the Magic will likely want to keep prioritizing his development in what has been a lost season. Check back after shootaround on Wednesday for the latest updates.
Mar 3 - 9:10 PM

Tobias Harris logged 34 minutes on Sunday, making 4-of-13 shots to finish a loss to the Hornets with one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers.

He was limping slightly at one point, which is a concern given his recent knee injury, but he continued to play and should be ready to go vs. Phoenix on Wednesday. He's shooting just 38.5 percent since returning four games ago, but he has too much upside to bench in fantasy leagues while he's healthy and starting for the woeful Magic.
Mar 1 - 9:09 PM

Nikola Vucevic struggled in Sunday's loss to the Hornets, scoring 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists and one block in 31 minutes.

He typically does well vs. Al Jefferson and company, having averaged 18.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 blocks in their three previous meetings this season. Vuc is one of the few rock-solid fantasy options in Orlando and he should fare much better vs. the Suns on Wednesday.
Mar 1 - 9:05 PM


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