Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

D.J. Augustin scored 10 points with eight assists, two rebounds and a 3-pointer in 28 minutes in Friday's win over the Bucks.

With Jodie Meeks (thumb) and Evan Fournier (heel, foot) out, we could see a lot more two-PG lineups going forward. That means a boost in minutes for Augustin (28), Elfrid Payton (37) and C.J. Watson (31). Augustin doesn't have great upside and finished just 3-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, but he's a decent pickup in deeper leagues if you need short-term value.
Jan 20 - 10:52 PM

Aaron Gordon scored 17 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 32 minutes vs. the Bucks on Friday.

He played 32 minutes tonight and his playing time has been steady since the Magic shook up their lineup. Gordon hit 7-of-16 from the field tonight, but only hit 3-of-6 from the line and that has been one of his biggest weaknesses this season -- he's now shooting a career-low 61.6 percent from the line. He's still worth owning and could have a big finish to the season.
Jan 20 - 10:43 PM

Bismack Biyombo double-doubled vs. the Bucks on Friday with 13 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and one steal.

He played 25 minutes off the bench compared to 23 for starting center Nikola Vucevic. Biyombo hit 5-of-6 from the field and finished one block shy of his season high. Vucevic's name popped up in another trade rumor on Friday which linked him to the Heat, so keep in mind that Biyombo could be back in the starting lineup if Vooch is moved. If you don't mind his awful FT percentage, Biyombo is worth keeping an eye on if you're in need of rebounds and blocks.
Jan 20 - 10:35 PM

Jeff Green scored 18 points off the bench on Friday vs. the Bucks on 6-of-13 shooting from the field.

The Magic were coming into this one riding a three-game losing streak and Green urged his teammates to show up "mad" tonight. The forward led by example in one of his best games of the season and added seven rebounds with two assists, one steal, two blocks and one triple in 27 minutes. He also finished 5-of-5 from the line. There are a lot of touches up for grabs in Orlando and the Magic are playing more small ball these days, so Green is trending up in deeper leagues with both Evan Fournier (heel, foot) and Jodie Meeks (thumb) out.
Jan 20 - 10:27 PM

Mario Hezonja played just 13 minutes on Friday vs. the Bucks with three points (a triple), four rebounds and one block.

Jodie Meeks (right thumb) is going to miss several weeks and Evan Fournier's (heel, foot) return isn't "imminent," so it was disappointing to see this small of a workload for Super Mario. Hezonja belongs on the wire in most leagues until coach Frank Vogel starts to trust him.
Jan 20 - 10:21 PM

Elfrid Payton scored 20 points with six assists, four rebounds, three steals and two triples in Friday's 112-96 win over the Bucks.

Payton logged a team-high 37 minutes and the Magic used a lot of two-PG lineups with Jodie Meeks (right thumb) and Evan Fournier (heel, foot) both out -- C.J. Watson played 31 minutes and D.J. Augustin played 28. Payton is going to be a workhorse going forward and finished 6-of-11 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. The Magic have been linked to Goran Dragic, so Payton's owners will obviously be hoping for a quiet trade deadline.
Jan 20 - 10:17 PM

C.J. Watson started at shooting guard on Friday vs. the Bucks, but scored five points on 2-of-8 shooting in 31 minutes.

He might be one of the least exciting starters in the league right now. The workload was surprising and it looks like Mario Hezonja (13 minutes) is still in the doghouse. Watson added five rebounds, two assists and a triple, but isn't worth picking up in most leagues even with Evan Fournier (foot, heel) and Jodie Meeks (thumb) out.
Jan 20 - 10:09 PM

C.J. Watson will start at shooting guard against the Bucks on Friday.

With Evan Fournier (foot, heel) and Jodie Meeks (thumb) out, the move makes sense as coach Frank Vogel sticks with his rotation. After the Meeks injury, the shooting guard minutes breakdown went 10 minutes for Watson, seven minutes for D.J. Augustin and three minutes for Mario Hezonja. Watson should get the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard, but he's a very risky DFS play or pickup in deep leagues. We'll see if Mario gets some SG minutes tonight, but he's not a pickup just yet.
Jan 20 - 5:22 PM

The Magic reportedly offered Nikola Vucevic and a future first-round pick for Goran Dragic, but the Heat had "no interest" in the offer, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Interesting. On the Heat side, they already have a max-deal center, so adding another high-cost big man in a smaller-ball system makes little sense. For Orlando, this is basically the Magic doubling down on what they did with Serge Ibaka, hoping the player they trade for will resign with them. Presumably, this future first is not for the 2017 draft because the Magic are not good and are likely to be lottery bound. Vucevic is in a great spot for his value right now, so a potential trade could hurt his fantasy stock.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 20 - 2:34 PM

C.J. Wilcox (knee tendinitis) will not play Friday vs. Milwaukee.

Wilcox is has played only spot minutes this season, averaging just 0.9 points and less than five minutes per game. However, with Evan Fournier (heel) and Jodie Meeks (thumb) both sidelined, Orlando could have used Wilcox this weekend. Instead, the Magic will rely on Mario Hezonja, C.J. Watson and D.J. Augustin.
Jan 20 - 11:26 AM

Evan Fournier (heel) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Bucks.

This news is certainly not surprising, as plugged-in, Magic beat writer Josh Robbins recently termed Fournier's return as "not imminent." Friday will be the fourth straight game Fournier has missed after aggravating a right-heel injury that also caused him to miss five games from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2. With Jodie Meeks (thumb) sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks, Orlando will have to lean heavily on Mario Hezonja and C.J. Watson to pick up the slack for Meeks and Fournier. D.J. Augustin will also likely see an uptick in minutes playing alongside Elfrid Payton in the backcourt.
Jan 20 - 11:12 AM

Evan Fournier (heel) is unlikely to play Friday vs. Milwaukee.

The Magic have yet to release their game notes for Friday's matchup with the Bucks, however, Fournier's return is "not imminent," according to Magic beat writer Josh Robbins. "It’s really, really frustrating," Fournier said. "I don’t sleep at night right now, and there’s nothing I can do. So my focus right now is on getting better because that’s the only thing I can control." With Jodie Meeks (thumb) expected to miss 4-6 weeks, Orlando is extremely shorthanded at shooting guard. Mario Hezonja and C.J. Watson will see a major uptick in minutes until Fournier returns. D.J. Augustin will also see additional time playing off the ball.
Jan 20 - 10:49 AM

Jodie Meeks (right thumb) will not need surgery and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

He suffered two sprained ligaments from the thumb dislocation on Wednesday night. The team added the return date will depend on the response to the treatment. Meeks has filled in for the injured Evan Fournier (heel, foot), so the Magic may have to turn to Mario Hezonja and C.J. Watson. Hezonja is only worth a look in deep leagues for now. Meeks' fantasy owners should probably cut him.
Jan 19 - 6:33 PM

Serge Ibaka tied his season high with five blocked shots during Wednesday's game, adding 11 points, seven boards, two assists, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers in 25 minutes.

The blocks are a terrific sight for Ibaka's fantasy owners, as he was averaging a mere 0.6 swats in his previous eight games. His recent shoulder injury hasn't been an issue since he returned on Jan. 13, and if the blocks keep coming his value would trend upward in a hurry.
Jan 18 - 11:45 PM

Aaron Gordon played 31 minutes on Wednesday, more than any other starter, finishing with 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

"We need every win right now," coach Frank Vogel said before the game, which concluded a six-game road trip. "We’re behind the 8-ball in the standings. Every win matters." The Magic lost again tonight, 118-98, but the fact that Gordon got 30+ minutes is a terrific sign. He's heating up lately and shouldn't be on your waiver wire.
Jan 18 - 11:45 PM


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