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Evan Fournier hasn't decided if he will play for France at Eurobasket this summer.

"Soon I will meet coach Collet and then we’ll see," Fournier said in an interview with L'Equipe. "I will soon see a wrist specialist. And my summer will depend on what he will tell me. My experience with France is not over. I did not put a cross on it. I am not retiring internationally." The big takeaway here is that he's seeing a wrist specialist, so we'll look for an update on that front in the coming days. For what it's worth, Fournier has missed some time in each of the last two seasons with a sore right wrist.
Source: L'Equipe
Apr 16 - 11:51 AM

Evan Fournier said there could be a lot of changes in Orlando this offseason.

`When you lose, that’s really when things shake up and teams make a lot of changes," Fournier said. "So, yeah, everyone is fully aware [that changes could come]. I’m not the type of guy who is concerned by that sort of thing." Fournier is under contract for at least three more seasons with a player option in 2020-21, so it's tough to see the Magic moving on from him at this point. Fournier didn't live up the expectations of his new deal this season, averaging 17.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting with 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.9 triples.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 13 - 11:28 AM

The Magic have fired GM Rob Hennigan according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The Magic aren't wasting any time here. Hennigan has made some puzzling trades and questionable signings for the Magic, and the writing has been on the wall for some time. Hennigan traded away Tobias Harris for Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings in 2015-16, he moved Victor Oladipo and their 2016 first-round pick (Domantas Sabonis) for Serge Ibaka in June of 2016, and then he accepted defeat by acquiring Terrence Ross from the Raptors in exchange for Ibaka during this year's deadline -- the Magic feared that Ibaka would walk for nothing as a free agent this summer. Matt Lloyd will take over as the interim GM and could be a candidate to keep the job.
Apr 13 - 10:18 AM

Elfrid Payton scored 21 points in Wednesday's 113-109 win over the Pistons, adding 13 assists, five rebounds and one triple in 31 minutes.

He finished 10-of-18 from the field and really had a strong finish to the season, returning top-50 value in standard leagues since the All-Star break with averages of 13.5 points, 8.4 assists, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 blocks and 2.5 turnover. He also showed a lot of improvement as a shooter and really excelled in Orlando's small-ball lineup. However, the Magic have a 29.1 percent chance of landing a pick in the top three of a draft that is loaded with quality PGs, so Payton could have some fresh competition next season.
Apr 13 - 12:29 AM

Aaron Gordon finished the season with a bang on Wednesday vs. Detroit, racking up 32 points, 12 rebounds, one steal, two blocks and three triples in 35 minutes.

Coach Frank Vogel was supposed to limit the minutes of the first unit tonight, but he didn't want to take Gordon off the floor. The forward finished 11-of-20 from the field and hit all seven of his free throws as he continues to thrive as a small-ball PF. Gordon showcased his upside after the All-Star break with averages of 16.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.9 triples on 50.5 percent shooting, returning top-45 value in standard leagues in that span. There's a lot to be excited about for next season.
Apr 13 - 12:18 AM

C.J. Watson is inactive for Wednesday.

We'll see some younger Magic players today.
Apr 12 - 7:18 PM

Frank Vogel indicated that he'll give meaningful minutes to Patricio Garino, Marcus Georges-Hunt and Stephen Zimmerman for Wednesday's regular-season finale vs. Detroit.

Vogel hinted after shootaround that he would not stick with his usual rotation on Wednesday night in order to get a better look at some of the younger guys on the roster, so meaningful minutes for the aforementioned players will likely come at the expense of Evan Fournier, Terrence Ross and Nikola Vucevic.

Frank Vogel said he'll start with his regular lineup for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Pistons, and then, "play it by ear after that."

It sounds like Vogel would like to get an extended look at some of the younger guys on the roster tonight, so Mario Hezonja could see his minutes in the 30s again, and new additions Marcus Georges-Hunt and Patricio Garino could see some extended minutes in the rotation. If these guys do indeed earn significant minutes in the rotation tonight, Terrence Ross might only see his minutes in the 20s.

Nikola Vucevic plans to improve 3-point shooting over the summer.

Vucevic attempted only 26 triples over his first five NBA seasons but launched 73 treys in 2016-17. He plans to spend the offseason improving his stroke, as he is shooting only 28.8 percent from downtown. "It's definitely something I want to add to my game. I think it’s going to help myself a lot as well as the team," said Vucevic. His coach, Frank Vogel, agrees. "If he carries the threat to the 3-point line, it improves everybody else on the floor," Vogel said. This is something to keep in mind on draft day next October.
Apr 11 - 9:51 AM

Nikola Vucevic finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot over 27 minutes in Monday's 122-75 loss at Chicago.

Vucevic moved past Shaquille O'Neal (3,691) for second place on the team's all-time rebounding list. He is finishing up strong and it's great news for fantasy owners who feared the Magic might shut him down at some point. He has 10 or more rebounds in each of his five April outings.
Apr 10 - 11:58 PM

Evan Fournier (calf) finished with 14 points, three assists and a blocked shot over 28 minutes in Monday's blowout loss at Chicago.

Fournier did not appear to show any after effects of his calf injury, and the only reason he didn't play more was likely due to the lopsided nature of the score and the fact he was returning from an ailment. It appears safe to get him back into the active lineup for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Pistons.
Apr 10 - 11:52 PM

Evan Fournier (calf) is starting on Monday vs. the Bulls.

Fournier was listed as questionable in the game notes with a strained left calf, so his sore left wrist from last week is likely behind him. Feel free to deploy him in season-long lineups, but his minutes might be monitored with the Magic playing for lottery balls.
Apr 10 - 7:26 PM

Evan Fournier (calf) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Monday's contest vs. the Bulls.

He missed a game on Apr. 6 with a sore left wrist, but now he's dealing with a strained left calf. The Magic are tied with Philly for the 4th worst record in the NBA, so they have some incentive to hold Fournier out. If he sits, the Magic could give his minutes to Jodie Meeks or take a look at some of their younger players.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 9 - 1:32 PM

Terrence Ross scored a season-high 29 points during a 127-112 loss to the Pacers on Saturday, adding four rebounds, two assists, two steals and six 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

That's his fourth 20-point game with the Magic after posting just five with the Raptors before the trade. The Magic were expected to limit him on Thursday to look at their younger guys, so there's a chance they do it again on Monday against Chicago. It'll be really tough to trust him the rest of the way.
Apr 8 - 8:49 PM

Evan Fournier scored 23 points with two rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

He only had soreness in his wrist and needed just one game off. The Magic have hinted they will play their younger guys more often, but that didn't happen today. That plan may change on Monday in Chicago. Feel free to keep firing up Fournier unless we hear otherwise.
Apr 8 - 8:43 PM


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