Player News - Magic

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Moe Harkless got 38 minutes and had 14 points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Pacers.

Tobias Harris played just 10 minutes and had six points and one rebound, while Victor Oladipo played just 17 minutes and scored four points. We thought they'd give Oladipo more run in the final game of his rookie season, but the Magic were allocating minutes as if they were resting guys for the playoffs. Which couldn't be further from reality.
Apr 16 - 9:28 PM

Jameer Nelson (groin) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

His season ends with averages of 12.1 points, 3.4 boards, 7.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 triples. With Nelson out, guys like Doron Lamb and Andrew Nicholson have stepped up, but both are risky plays in fantasy leagues. Victor Oladipo will start again.
Apr 16 - 5:21 PM

The Magic reportedly haven't decided whether to pick up Jameer Nelson's partially-guaranteed final season, but he hopes to stay in Orlando long-term.

Nelson's $8 million salary is only guaranteed for $2 million, and the Magic could always try to re-negotiate a longer deal. "It's the team's option. I would like to still be here and finish my career here," Nelson said. "I have a lot more years left in me. Good years. I'm not sure what they have in store for me." He ranks eighth in the NBA with 7.0 assists per game despite the arrival of prized rookie guard Victor Oladipo.
Apr 16 - 10:13 AM

Kyle O'Quinn scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds and one block in Monday's loss to the Bulls.

O'Quinn has been great for the last two months and should be in all lineups. Victor Oladipo continued to play limited minutes (23) with 10 points, three rebounds, four assists, a steal and a three, and Dewayne Dedmon supplied some big-man stats with six points, nine boards and two blocks in 28 minutes.
Apr 14 - 11:02 PM

Andrew Nicholson scored 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting with three treys, four rebounds and one block in 21 minutes off the bench on Monday.

Nicholson's highly leveraged line including a career-high three treys is fluky, but we have seen mini-explosions from him in the past. Anything is possible during silly season, so give him a look if you're feeling lucky.
Apr 14 - 11:00 PM

Jameer Nelson (groin) will not play against the Bulls on Monday.

It will be his second consecutive have out of the lineup and the Magic have run some messy rotations without him this season. Victor Oladipo will start again and the team has also given more minutes to guys like Doron Lamb and E'Twaun Moore. Nelson can be cut in all leagues and is probably out on Wednesday.
Apr 14 - 6:40 PM

Victor Oladipo started Sunday's game with Jameer Nelson (groin) unavailable, and he finished with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, three 3-pointers, one assist, two steals and six turnovers.

Oladipo's assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.31 isn't great, to say the least, and his 41.9 percent shooting indicates another area for improvement. The Magic are dedicated to his development and they may not keep Jameer Nelson next season (his final year is only $2 million guaranteed), so Oladipo's outlook is as bright as ever in Orlando.
Apr 13 - 8:32 PM

Tobias Harris led the Magic on Sunday with 18 points in 27 minutes off the bench, while adding seven rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn spread playing time evenly across his 10-man rotation, with no player logging more than Harris' 27 minutes. That meant guys like Doron Lamb, E'Twaun Moore and Ronnie Price all cracked the 20-minute barrier, though none of them did enough to aid fantasy owners.
Apr 13 - 8:30 PM

Victor Oladipo will start against the Nets on Sunday.

Jameer Nelson (groin) could miss the rest of the season with his groin strain and Oladipo gets a chance to redeem himself. He actually wasn't the first person off the bench on Friday -- Doron Lamb was -- and he should get plenty of chances tonight.
Apr 13 - 5:12 PM

Nikola Vucevic (Achilles) has been ruled out for the season by the team.

It's a strange story for Vucevic and his injury suddenly popped up on Apr. 4. He was ruled out minutes before that game tipped and it will cost him the final seven games of the year. He built off his breakout 2012-13 with averages of 14.2 points, 11.0 boards and 0.8 blocks in 2013-14, so the Magic probably won't be looking to replace him in the draft. Vucevic be a No. 1 center option in fantasy leagues next season. Kyle O'Quinn is still a must-start player while Tobias Harris also gets some added value.
Apr 13 - 4:47 PM

Jameer Nelson (groin strain) will not play against the Nets on Sunday.

He is dealing with soreness in his groin and this is the first we've heard of his injury. Nelson played 34 minutes on Friday night and may have been playing through the strain, but there's certainly a chance for the Magic to rule him out for the season even if it's minor. Fantasy owners have little incentive to keep him on their rosters. Victor Oladipo will get another chance as the starter at point guard.
Apr 13 - 4:41 PM

Kyle O'Quinn played well in his 25 minutes of action on Friday during a 96-86 loss to the Wizards, scoring 13 points with nine boards, one assist and three blocks.

He shot 6-of-9 from the field, but just 1-of-4 from the line. O'Quinn has been solid since Nikola Vuecvic went down and he's hit double-figure scoring in each of those four. He's a solid option in fantasy leagues thanks to 17 blocks in his last five games.
Apr 11 - 10:16 PM

Victor Oladipo scored just six points in 16 minutes vs. the Wizards on Friday with two boards, one assist and two steals.

He did suffer a minor knee injury and was able to play through it. His minutes were a bit low tonight and that was more about a different rotation from the Magic. Oladipo owners shouldn't panic and can keep him in their lineups for Sunday's game vs. the Nets.
Apr 11 - 10:09 PM

Doron Lamb scored 11 points with one board, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 19 minutes vs. the Wizards on Friday.

He was the first player off the bench for the Magic tonight and was a much bigger part of the offense. Lamb hasn't really done much before tonight's game and coach Jacque Vaughn may have just wanted to mix it up tonight. He's only on the radar in deep leagues.
Apr 11 - 10:02 PM

Nikola Vucevic (Achilles) will not play in Friday's game against the Wizards.

It will be Vucevic's fourth straight game on the sideline. The Magic aren't shutting him down though, as he will travel with the team for their Sunday/Monday road swing at Brooklyn and Chicago. Look for unappealing Dewayne Dedmon to draw another start at center Friday night.
Apr 11 - 10:26 AM


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