Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

Victor Oladipo did not participate in Monday's Summer League game vs. the Rockets.

He is not injured, this is just Summer League, and the Magic probably wanted to get a better look at their rookies. Move along.
Jul 7 - 7:09 PM

Victor Oladipo said that he's lost 20 pounds since the end of the 2013-14 season.

Oladipo, who is 6'4", reportedly weighed around 230 pounds at the end of his rookie season. "I’m still strong, and I feel more explosive," he said. "I just feel better out there. Last year, towards the end of the season, if you told me to pick up full [court defense] ... I would’ve looked at you like you were crazy. I’m just trying to become a great player." This is nothing but encouraging for his season outlook, and the Magic have cleared a path to the starting job by trading away Aaron Afflalo and waiving Jameer Nelson.
Jul 6 - 10:14 PM

Elfrid Payton played 18 minutes vs. the 76ers in Saturday's 83-77 win, scoring just two points with five assists and four turnovers.

He struggled today and shot just 1-of-4 from the field. The Magic seem like they're going to throw him into the fire now that they're lacking point guard depth, but he'll definitely have his fair share of bad offensive games. Payton is shaping up to be a risk-reward pick late in drafts.
Jul 5 - 3:13 PM

Victor Oladipo scored a team-high 18 points on Saturday with six boards, three assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and three turnovers.

He shot 6-of-11 from the field and was poised while running the offense. Oladipo didn't really work out as a point guard last season, but he may have more chances to create now that Jameer Nelson is no longer around. He'll be worth watching this summer and makes sense as a target in the middle rounds of drafts.
Jul 5 - 3:09 PM

Aaron Gordon scored seven points vs. the 76ers on Saturday with five boards, one assist, one block and four turnovers.

He looked a bit out of place and was careless while handling the ball. Gordon would probably work better as a power forward, but the Magic did give him some run at both forward spots today. He shot 1-of-2 from the line and missed both shots from deep. Owners in standard leagues can probably pass on him while he likely has some growing pains.
Jul 5 - 3:06 PM

The Pelicans are interested in signing Jameer Nelson.

Nelson was contacted by general manager Dell Demps this week. The Pelicans decided not to put in a qualifying offer to Brian Roberts and will need a backup point guard behind Jrue Holiday. Nelson would lose a lot of fantasy value as a backup and would not be worth drafting in most leagues.
Source: NOLA.com
Jul 5 - 1:50 PM

Victor Oladipo is ready to take on more of a leadership role with the Magic.

"[Leading] was something that I had to learn and I want to be a leader of this team," said Oladipo. "I want to help this team, so leadership is something that I need to work on." Oladipo showed flashes during his rookie season, he had two 30-point games, twelve 20-point games, and a triple-double back in December. With Aaron Afflalo gone to Denver, Oladipo is going to get all the minutes he can handle, and with Elfrid Payton looking to take a bit of the ball handling pressure off Oladipo, his turnovers could be trending down.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 4 - 1:44 PM

The Magic have waived veteran forward Jason Maxiell.

His contract, worth $2.5 million, was set to become guaranteed on July 10, so this was an expected move. Maxiell has career averages of 5.9 points, and 4.3 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game; he is not a fantasy option in any format.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 4 - 10:51 AM

Magic waive G Ronnie Price.

The Magic had one of the more shocking moves so far in free agency, signing Ben Gordon to a three-year deal. Price joins Doron Lamb as players who have been waived by the Magic in the past week. He might catch on with another team as a third-string point guard.
Jul 2 - 4:56 PM

The Magic officially signed overall No. 4 pick Aaron Gordon on Wednesday.

Gordon averaged 12.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in his freshman season with the Arizona Wildcats, earning himself Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors. He's a phenomenal athlete and a terrific defender, and shouldn't have trouble carving out minutes despite the presence of Moe Harkless, Tobias Harris and Andrew Nicholson at the SF and PF spots.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 2 - 1:50 PM

Magic rookie Elfrid Payton officially signed his first NBA contract on Wednesday.

Payton, the No. 10 pick in the draft, was acquired by Orlando in a deal that sent two future draft picks and No. 12 pick Dario Saric to the 76ers. The Magic wouldn't give up so many assets without viewing Payton as the PG of their future, and they're decision not to keep Jameer Nelson bodes well for Payton's playing time as a rookie. He played three seasons in the NCAA and will have a chance to contribute enough points, assists and steals to make an impression in fantasy leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 2 - 1:46 PM

The Magic have agreed to sign Ben Gordon on a two-year, $9 million contract, according to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gordon just hit the lottery. The 31-year-old shot 34.3 percent with the Bobcats last year, including 27.6 percent from downtown, and he wound up appearing in just 19 games all season. Why the Magic thought that was worth $4.5 million annually is anyone's guess. The second year isn't guaranteed according to TNT's David Aldridge, but it's still an atrocious amount of money for a player who peaked in 2008-09. With Victor Oladipo locked into the SG job in Orlando, there's no reason to touch Gordon for fantasy purposes.
Jul 2 - 1:10 PM

Victor Oladipo is expected to play in a couple Orlando Pro Summer League games.

He has been in Los Angeles for his offseason training and will head back to check on some of his new teammates. Oladipo looked great in summer league last year and even hit a clutch game winner, but he probably won't be the focal point. The Magic will likely not ask him to handle the ball as much with rookie Elfrid Payton expected to handle most of the point guard duties.
Jul 1 - 12:53 PM

The Magic claimed Willie Green off waivers on Monday.

Green is a good locker-room guy, and he will bring veteran leadership to a young Orlando roster. Green averaged 5.0 points, 1.4 rebounds, and not much else in 15 minutes off the bench for the Clippers last season, and he's not likely to have much value in Orlando despite the increased opportunity.
Jun 30 - 6:15 PM

The Magic have decided to waive Jameer Nelson.

Wow. The move will save Orlando $6 million, and it looks like newly drafted point guard Elfrid Payton is now slotted in as the starting point guard. Jameer has struggled to stay healthy as he's missed an average of 21.7 games over the past three seasons. However, at 32 years of age, Nelson still has some gas left in the tank, and he will likely look to latch on to a contender as he enters the final years of his career. Nelson averaged 12.1 points, 7.0 assists, and 2.0 three-pointers on 39.4 percent shooting during the 2013-14 season.
Jun 30 - 4:40 PM


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