Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

Andrew Nicholson is keeping the bigger picture in mind when it comes to his role with the Magic.

"You know, whatever it takes for us to be successful as a team, as a whole. I mean, people remember the wins as a team, not the individual stats and stuff. So as long as we keep winning, we're good," he said. A once intriguing fantasy commodity, Nicholson has fallen off a cliff now that he's been buried in Orlando's rotation. A trade is his best chance at resuscitating any value.
Source: TSN
Aug 31 - 10:37 AM

The Orlando Magic will invite undrafted guard Jordan Sibert to training camp.

Sibert averaged 16.1 points, 3.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.2 3-pointers for Dayton last season, but he is very unlikely to make the final roster for Orlando.
Aug 29 - 11:51 AM

Elfrid Payton said that he has been working hard with shooting coach Dave Love this summer.

"I think my shot will be better this year," Payton said. "Picking my spots, knowing when to take my shot. That's the biggest thing that will be better. Just having experience, understanding the game more, will help as well." Last season Payton shot just 42.5 percent from the field, 26.2 percent from 3-point range and 55.1 percent from the charity stripe, so it's great to see that he is addressing his weaknesses. His ceiling in standard leagues would rise dramatically with some improved shooting percentages.
Aug 29 - 10:47 AM

Mario Hezonja dropped 24 points with six boards and two assists in Croatia's win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Magic prospect looked like a stud and hit 5-of-6 shots from the the 3-point line. Confidence won't be an issue for the rookie early on, but Magic head coach Scott Skiles has a bad history of bringing rookies along slowly. Hezonja is projected to come off the bench behind Tobias Harris, but feel to give him a look at the end of your drafts.
Source: Gigantes
Aug 28 - 9:18 AM

Evan Fournier is reportedly considering signing an extension with the Magic.

According to sources of Steve Kyler, both sides are talking the same valuation and a deal could be finalized before the end of training camp. Fournier started the 2014-15 season strong with Victor Oladipo sidelined, but he really fell off towards the end of the year, averaging just 8.7 points, 2.7 assists and 1.1 three-pointers per game during the month of February. He's not someone to target in standard leagues on draft day.
Aug 26 - 10:59 AM

The market for Ben Gordon has been slow to develop, according to Michael Scott of SheridanHoops.

Gordon was paid $4.5 million by the Magic last season, but Scotto reports the veteran hasn't received any offers close to his 2014-15 salary. There's a chance a team could bring in Gordon as a bench option, but he can be ignored by fantasy owners no matter where he lands.
Aug 25 - 1:20 PM

Tobias Harris said that he is looking forward to going to war with Victor Oladipo this season.

"He's a guy on this team that I'll go to war with any single day just by his attitude and how much work he puts in," Harris said of Oladipo. "He knows this, and I know it. We're just going to both embrace that this whole season and on forward." Both players are expected to take on leadership roles this season and it's clear that they are tired of losing, so the Magic could be an exciting team to watch in the East with an interesting collection of young prospects.
Aug 15 - 11:55 AM

Peyton Siva has signed with Juvecaserta of Italy.

Siva spent last season with the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League and averaged 13.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists. The 24-year-old spent some time with the Pistons during his rookie season in 2013-14, but he doesn't have any fantasy value playing overseas.
Source: Sportando
Aug 13 - 9:55 AM

Tobias Harris said that he wants to be a franchise player for the Magic.

"I definitely do," said Harris when asked if he wants to be viewed as a franchise cornerstone. "That’s my goal. I’ve always wanted to have that type of load. At the same time, our team has to take steps in the right direction. We have to crank it up a notch this upcoming season." Harris inked a four-year, $64 million deal with Orlando this offseason, and he'll be one of the Magic's go-to guys on offense this upcoming season. He posted averages of 17.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.3 three-pointers and 1.0 steal per game last season, so he'll be worth a mid-round selection on draft day.
Aug 12 - 9:36 AM

Tobias Harris’ initial asking price on a contract last September and October was almost $16 million per season.

He basically met that with his four-year, $64 million deal from July, which is pretty solid for the Magic considering Harris had himself a nice 2015-16 season. Harris was surprisingly efficient after the break last season, posting a 56.1 true shooting percentage. The only other forwards to match that number and play 34 minutes per game were Trevor Ariza, Rudy Gay and LeBron James. Expect Harris to get even better in his age-23 season.
Aug 8 - 3:50 PM

The Magic have officially signed F Melvin Ejim.

The deal is basically a training camp invitation for Ejim, and while it's possible that he could make Orlando's regular season roster, it's more likely that he ends up in the D-League. Owners in standard leagues can watch this situation from a distance.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 5 - 9:05 AM

The Orlando Magic have invited Melvin Ejim to training camp.

Ejim's invitation will reportedly include some guaranteed cash, so there's a chance that the Iowa State product could hook on with that Magic. While dynasty owners will want to monitor Ejim's progress, fantasy owners in standard leagues can feel free to ignore the 24-year-old.
Aug 4 - 10:32 AM

Dewayne Dedmon's $947k salary for the 2015-16 season is now fully guaranteed, as the Magic did not waive him by Aug. 1.

The deadline passed without incident, giving Dedmon some security as he battles for backup minutes in Orlando's frontcourt. He's not a fantasy asset with Nikola Vucevic, Channing Frye, Aaron Gordon, Andrew Nicholson and Jason Smith all crowding the PF/C spots.
Aug 2 - 3:13 PM

Nikola Vucevic said that he will help Mario Hezonja adjust to the NBA.

"He’s a very talented player and he’s going to help us a lot,’’ Vucevic said of Hezonja. "I saw that he did very well in the Summer League. I’ll try to help him as much as I can and always be there for him. With someone who is a familiar face and speaks the same language, I think that will help him out. I’ll try to be someone who helps him with stuff that he will need. He’ll be a great addition to our team.’’ Hezonja had some brilliant moments during the summer league, but he will have a tough time getting consistent minutes with Tobias Harris ahead of him on the depth chart.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 31 - 10:50 AM

Nikola Vucevic has been working hard on his game this summer and said that he would like to be a more versatile player next season.

"I’ve been doing a lot of weight-lifting and a lot of running, some basketball individual work and playing some individual games," Vucevic said. "I’m just trying to get ready for the year and get better. As far as what I’m trying to get better on, I’m just trying to improve on all of the areas that I can. I try to be as versatile as I can and hopefully I’ll have some new stuff to add to my game before the season starts.’’ Vucevic averaged 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists last season, and it will be interesting to see what he adds to his offensive arsenal next season.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 31 - 10:45 AM


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