Player News - Magic

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The Fujian Sturgeons of the CBA announced Saturday that they have signed Andrew Nicholson and Russ Smith.

Nicholson spent last season with the Guangdong Tigers, where he averaged 22.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Selected by Orlando with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the 28-year old Nicholson's most recent NBA action came during the 2016-17 season.
Aug 11 - 2:51 PM

Andrew Nicholson is reportedly expected to remain in China next season.

After the Blazers waived Nicholson last summer, he signed with the Guangdong Tigers for the 2017-18 season. He is expected to ink a deal with the Fujian Sturgeons for the 2018-19 campaign.
Aug 10 - 12:19 PM

Mo Bamba has been working out at the Amway Center approximately four hours a day, including "spending time in the weight room [and] doing on-court drill work."

He's also playing pickup games with Nikola Vucevic, Timofey Mozgov and Aaron Gordon, as Orlando's existing frontcourt has readily embraced the No. 6 pick. Adding muscle will also be crucial for the 7'0", 225-pounder to develop as a force in the paint. He should be a per-minute blocks machine and has shown much-improved offensive skills all summer, drawing high praise from shooting coach Drew Hanlen. It wouldn't be surprising if he earned the backup-center minutes right out of the gate.
Aug 1 - 6:32 PM

Adreian Payne is reportedly expected to sign a deal to play in China next season.

Payne was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 draft by Atlanta. However, he never lived up to expectations, averaging just 4.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.1 minutes over 107 career games in the NBA. He waived by the Magic last January.
Jul 31 - 12:08 PM

The Orlando Magic and Amile Jefferson have agreed to a two-way deal.

He led the Las Vegas Summer League in rebounds with 12.6 per game, adding averages of 8.6 points, 1.0 dimes and 1.4 blocks in those five outings. The Duke product is 25 years old and is likely to stay in the G League while Orlando has a healthy roster.
Jul 27 - 6:37 PM

Jarell Martin has been traded to the Magic in exchange for Dakari Johnson and cash considerations.

As long as Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac and Khem Birch are healthy, it'll be tough for Martin to find meaningful minutes with the Magic.
Jul 23 - 4:29 PM

Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba will not play on Thursday.

It's just rest for the two top-10 picks in the last two NBA drafts. They have been running in 5-on-5 practices since July 3, and they already played in three outings in Vegas. Isaac has been awesome on the ball as a scorer, and he's shown he can defend in space. Isaac is going to be a high-demand target in the middle rounds of drafts.
Jul 12 - 10:10 PM

Magic coach Steve Clifford said it's too early to discuss what Timofey Mozgov's role will be.

"I think with Timofey Mozgov he’s, again, an experienced player," Clifford said. "He’s very bright. He’s a big body, and he’s a much better athlete than people give him credit for. So we’ll see. We’ll bring them in and start to get to know them." The Magic have Nikola Vucevic and Mo Bamba competing for the starting job, while Khem Birch proved last season that he's a rotation player in the NBA. Barring a surprise, Mozgov will likely be the fourth center on the depth chart.
Jul 12 - 10:11 AM

Shooting coach Drew Hanlen said Mo Bamba is "up there with the most improved guys that I’ve ever worked with" during their time spent this offseason.

This is noteworthy because Hanlen has worked with dozens of NBA players. "I’ve been quoted as saying that he came longer in three months than any pre-draft guy I have had,’’ Hanlen added. "That wasn’t a marketing strategy; that the truth because he has come so far. He’s in a good place and he’s still got a long way to go in getting better.’’ Bamba's offense has been a big story in Vegas, including some 3-pointers, post-up moves, and scoring as a screener. With Bismack Biyombo gone, the Magic clearly want to get him minutes right away.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 11 - 6:50 PM

Isaiah Briscoe (shin contusion) will not play on Thursday against the Jazz.

Briscoe has fared well in his trip to Vegas, and he'll almost certainly make the final 15 in October. Briscoe could even compete with Jerian Grant for the backup PG role.
Jul 11 - 4:40 PM

The Magic have signed Troy Caupain to a two-way contract.

With the two-way deal in place, Caupain will be allowed to spend 45 days on the active roster with the Magic, with the rest of his time coming with Orlando's G-League affiliate. In other words, he'll be a non-factor in fantasy hoops while the team is healthy.
Jul 11 - 9:26 AM

Melvin Frazier scored three points (0-of-6 FG, 3-of-4 FT) and had one rebound, one assist, three steals and four turnovers in Orlando's summer league loss to Pheonix on Monday.

For someone who shot 55.6 percent from the field in college, this was not his best performance. He also had more turnovers than points which is never a good look. It's unlikely that Frazier will be a big player for the Magic this season and will probably spend some time in the G-League. As far as fantasy, he doesn't have much of any value until proven otherwise.
Jul 10 - 12:14 AM

Mo Bamba picked up 11 points, five rebounds and one block in just 15 minutes during Sunday's blowout win in Vegas.

Bamba hit a nice catch-and-shoot 3-pointer in the first quarter (check out his shooting form via the link below) and would have had a bigger line if he played more minutes. The best news for Bamba may have come on Saturday, when a three-team trade sent Bismack Biyombo to the Hornets. The same deal brought Timofey Mozgov to Orlando, but he's a buyout candidate -- barring competition from Khem Birch, the rookie should be a lock for Nikola Vucevic's backup minutes.
Jul 9 - 12:02 AM

Jonathan Isaac piled up 12 points, seven rebounds (four offensive), two assists, two steals, five blocks and just one turnover in 24 minutes vs. Memphis on Sunday.

Defensive stats are the bedrock of Isaac's fantasy appeal -- on a per-36-minute basis last season, he notched 2.2 steals and 2.0 blocks. He also shot 38.2% from the field and went 4-of-11 tonight, which is the biggest caveat for his fantasy potential, but he's showing some improved off-the-dribble scoring ability. He projects as a high-upside gamble in the late rounds and is simply a cut above most players in Vegas.
Jul 8 - 11:58 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said he likes the size Jerian Grant will bring to Orlando's perimeter defense.

For now, Grant is likely going to be the backup point guard behind D.J. Augustin. Perhaps Isaiah Briscoe can jump him for the backup minutes, as well. Grant is not someone to draft in fantasy yet.
Jul 8 - 2:15 PM


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