Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

Aaron Gordon tweeted that he wants everyone to buy his jersey for his 19th birthday.

After being drafted, he said he picked No. 00 because it represents how wide he wants the fans' eyes to be when they see the Magic play. Gordon is an athletic freak, but he'll really have to work on his shooting before he becomes a reliable fantasy factor in standard leagues.
Sep 20 - 10:23 AM

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel projects Elfrid Payton to score 5.5 points per game with 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals.

The steals are nice and would be enough to put him in the standard-league conversation, but he's not likely to make many treys and figures to be a detriment to fantasy teams' percentages. Payton was very good at Orlando Pro Summer League, averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.4 triples. Despite the somewhat low projections, he's worth a flier late in fantasy drafts.
Sep 19 - 9:59 AM

Tobias Harris is eligible for a contract extension, and he'd like to remain with the Magic

"Obviously, I want to be here. … I love the fans, the city of Orlando and the guys. Management knows I want to be here. It’s the perfect situation for me," said Harris. If the Magic do not sign Harris to an extension by the October 31 deadline, he will become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. Harris averaged 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 0.7 steals, and 0.4 blocks while shooting 80.7 percent from the line last season with the Magic, and he profiles as a mid-late round pick with some upside.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 15 - 2:39 PM

Pat Garrity is set to join the Detroit Pistons as their new director of strategic planning, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Garrity retired from the NBA in 2008 after 10 seasons with the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic and was a high-ranking officer in the NBA Player's Association for eight years. He's had a successful post-NBA career in the financial industry and will now attempt to continue that success as part of Stan Van Gundy's front office in Detroit.
Sep 9 - 10:00 AM

Justin Harper is finalizing a deal with Scandone Avellino of the Italian League.

Harper averaged 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game with Hapoel Tel Aviv last season and will now join Scandone Avellino in the Italian League. While still just 25 years old, Harper hasn't played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season and doesn't hold any fantasy value going forward.
Source: Sportando
Sep 2 - 1:10 PM

Nikola Vucevic said that he'll play for Montenegro's national team in the future, but only if they replace current head coach Luka Pavicevic.

Vucevic had a small role during EuroBasket 2013, which could be the root of his problems with coach Pavicevic. Montenegro failed to qualify for next year's European Championship and their program could certainly use a player of Vuc's caliber -- he's coming off a strong NBA season in which he averaged a career-high 14.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.8 blocks per game.
Source: Vijesti
Aug 31 - 5:36 PM

Victor Oladipo said he is still adjusting to traveling life in the NBA.

"It's tough," Oladipo said. "You get into the hotel at 1 or 2 in the morning. It's 24 hour room service. You can get whatever you want. I mean, anything you want. I don't have to explain that." The 22-year-old is coming off a rookie season during which he averaged 13.8 points, 0.9 three-pointers, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.6 steals and should be on fantasy owners' short lists as a breakout player in 2014-15.
Aug 28 - 11:58 AM

Hakim Warrick has been invited to work out with the Spurs.

He was over in China last season and was hoping to join an NBA team after the Chinese season ended. That didn't happened, so Warrick has been out of the NBA since the Magic waived him back on Feb. 21, 2013. He was athletic and covered ground pretty well in his prime, but it's going to be tough for the 32-year-old forward to get back in the NBA.
Aug 23 - 10:28 AM

Victor Oladipo is working out in Indiana with Dwyane Wade, Tyler Zeller, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem and Josh McRoberts.

Oladipo, Zeller and Wade all had the same college coach, Indiana head coach Tom Crean, and Wade has been very close to coach Crean since his Marquette days. Oladipo was compared to Wade coming out of the draft and figures to play much more shooting guard this season. He could have a breakout season and is worth a look any time after Round 3 in standard fantasy drafts.
Aug 18 - 11:43 AM

Anthony Randolph signed with Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia.

The Magic waived him back on July 15 after they acquired his contract in a trade, and he'll finally be headed overseas. Randolph has been a fantasy marvel in the past five years or so and he always seemed to get our attention for his random big stat lines.
Source: Sportando
Aug 18 - 9:29 AM

Tobias Harris is looking for a new deal and the Magic will talk to him about it this summer.

He'll be a restricted free agent after this season, but the Magic may want to lock him up before he gets a big offer sheet next summer. Harris may be playing more small forward after coach Jacque Vaughn liked to keep him as his primary bench forward last season, so he's a mid-late round pick with a high ceiling in fantasy leagues.
Aug 15 - 9:10 AM

Tobias Harris stated in a recent interview that he was playing at "about 75 percent" healthy last season.

Harris missed the first 12 games of the season due to a high ankle sprain, returned for one game, and then went on to miss an additional nine. His numbers also regressed a bit as he averaged 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 0.5 three-pointers a game. However, Harris is now fully recovered and is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, so it's possible we see a bit of a bounce back effort from the former waiver wire phenom.
Aug 4 - 3:17 PM

Victor Oladipo said Elfrid Payton is "perfect" for the Magic.

"He's a pass-first point guard, and he plays 'D,' " Oladipo said. Payton is fully expected to become the starter for the Magic right off the bat, and he's going to enter the season with some momentum after an impressive summer league. He's worth a look in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Aug 4 - 12:50 PM

Tobias Harris is participating in Basketball without Borders Africa activities this week in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He's working on putting on weight this offseason, which suggests he'll play a little more power forward. Although, the addition of Channing Frye makes small forward a bigger hole, so Harris could see plenty of time there, as well. Harris is a high-ceiling guy in the later rounds of drafts.
Aug 4 - 11:20 AM

Victor Oladipo learned a lot from his experience with USA Basketball's select team, and he will bring that knowledge with him to Orlando.

"The biggest thing was just the intensity everybody played with," said Oladipo. "It was amazing, and I could definitely learn from that... Going up against the best in the world every day, for three days straight, was crazy. It definitely helped me realize where I was at and what I need to work on and what I need to get better at. And it gave me a little bit of confidence as well. I’m just going to try to carry it over to the team, and I’m looking forward to bringing the same intensity that was there every day to the Orlando Magic as well." With Aaron Afflalo gone, Oladipo has no competition for minutes, and he is primed to have a solid sophomore season with the Magic.
Aug 1 - 5:24 PM

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