Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

Serge Ibaka said he's looking to stay in Orlando "forever."

General manager Rob Hennigan said the Magic "certainly" traded for Ibaka long term, which seems obvious after they traded away Victor "Mr. Feathery" Oladipo. Ibaka has talked about getting more shots, so he should get a chance here. After two down seasons, Ibaka might be a bargain in the fourth round.
Sep 26 - 6:24 PM

C.J. Wilcox will have some X-rays on his hand on Monday and could be cleared in time for training camp.

He broke his finger over the summer, but it sounds like the Magic are expecting good news. Jodie Meeks (foot) won't be ready for the season opener, so Wilcox will fight for minutes off the bench behind Evan Fournier. His role will be limited, at best.
Sep 26 - 12:32 PM

Aaron Gordon (ankle) will not participate in full-contact drills at the start of training camp.

He tweaked his ankle in a recent workout, but it's not believed to be serious. In fact, Magic GM Rob Hennigan said that Gordon is fully expected to play in the preseason games. Gordon is fine and this shouldn't dissuade owners from spending a mid-round pick on him.
Sep 26 - 12:28 PM

Magic GM Rob Hennigan said there should be enough minutes for Bismack Biyombo, Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic this season.

"We made it a priority this summer to ensure that we have competition at all positions across the board," Hennigan said. "We see that as a healthy dynamic and as something that will make all of our players better." The frontcourt is very crowded, and while Vucevic is a possible trade candidate, the good news for all three players is that Aaron Gordon will see the bulk of his minutes at SF. Biyombo should at least see minutes in the mid-20s considering the size of his paycheck, so he's worth a look for owners targeting boards and blocks.
Sep 24 - 11:55 AM

Orlando GM Rob Hennigan is expecting to see a lot of improvement from Elfrid Payton this season.

"Well, I’ll tell you that Elfrid had a great summer, a very productive summer," Hennigan said. "He put in a tremendous amount of work in all areas of his game. He’s gotten a lot stronger. So we’re expecting him to show a lot of improvement across the board." Hennigan added that he still really believes in Payton, and it's worth noting that new coach Frank Vogel is anticipating a "heck of a year" from the third-year PG. If his shooting has improved as much as the Magic say it has, he could have a big year in Orlando, assuming he outplays D.J. Augustin.
Sep 24 - 11:48 AM

Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said Aaron Gordon "tweaked" his ankle during a recent workout.

"It’s not serious, but he may be a partial participant in the early goings," Hennigan said. "But we’re not quite sure there yet." It sounds like he will be limited in the early stages of training camp, but the good news is that he's not expected to miss any preseason games. The injury doesn't sound serious and shouldn't discourage owners from taking him in the middle rounds.
Sep 23 - 11:12 AM

Frank Vogel said that Mario Hezonja is a "big part of what we're doing."

"He had a good Olympic showing. [There were] a couple of games where he didn't get involved a ton, but in the last game he played really well even though they lost," Vogel said. "He's a young talent. He's going to be somebody that's a big part of what we're doing." Jodie Meeks (foot) will be on the shelf for a while, so Hezonja could be the first wing off the bench in Orlando. He won't have a lot of value right out of the gate, but he's still a decent flier in deeper leagues for his upside in triples and steals.
Sep 22 - 1:39 PM

Frank Vogel indicated (again) that he wants to put the ball in Aaron Gordon's hands, a role that he gave Paul George in Indiana.

"Yeah. Let's see what he can do," Vogel said of Gordon. "I think he's more of a 4 than Paul was. Paul is more of a 2/3. Aaron's more of a 3/4. But I've seen a lot on tape that I think that he can do a lot of similar things." Gordon will be starting at small forward and will spend time at the four as well, so it sounds like his minutes are safe despite the arrival of Serge Ibaka. Gordon wants to be more of a scorer this season and will be running some pick-and-roll sets, so he's on the radar as a breakout candidate in the middle rounds.
Sep 22 - 1:32 PM

Frank Vogel said that Elfrid Payton strikes him "as a guy who's going to have a heck of a year."

Scott Skiles wasn't Payton's biggest fan last season, so a coaching chance could really benefit the third-year guard. "So he had some growing pains, like this whole team did," Vogel said. "But I think he's poised to have a great year." Payton has prioritized working on his shot this summer and Vogel's comments indicate that his starting role ahead of D.J. Augustin is safe. Give him a look if you're targeting steals and dimes.
Sep 22 - 1:24 PM

Magic head coach Frank Vogel said he intends to teach Nikola Vucevic the proper angles on defense and the "verticality rule."

"So I don't want to come in and say that Vooch is going to become Roy Hibbert," Vogel said. "But I think Vooch can be a lot better than he's been. And I think some of those lessons we learned with Roy will apply to Vooch and how we use him and what he's being asked to do." The Magic brought in Bismack Biyombo and Serge Ibaka to provide some rim protection, but Vucevic's outlook will significantly improve if he makes strides on the defensive end because he's already their top option on offense right now. We'd like him better if Biyombo wasn't around and he could be a trade candidate, but grabbing him in the early middle rounds still makes sense.
Sep 22 - 1:16 PM

Jodie Meeks (foot) is on track to return to the court in November.

He had surgery to stabilize the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in mid-July, but a team official told the Orlando Sentinel that he could play as soon as November. His exact return date will hinge on how well he continues to progress, but it's worth noting that Meeks will not be able to participate fully when training camp starts on September 27. When he does return he will have a limited role off the bench behind Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja, so he's not worth targeting in fantasy this season.
Sep 19 - 11:05 AM

Nikola Vucevic posted 17 points and eight rebounds during a loss to Georgia on Saturday.

Vucevic's Montenegro team already qualified for the Euro tournament, so the loss didn't hurt. He finished the tournament averaging 15.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists. It's going to be very interesting to see how Vooch fits in with the Magic adding Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo. He's still a fine pick in the early middle rounds.
Sep 17 - 11:05 PM

Nikola Vucevic finished Saturday's win over Slovakia with 17 points and five rebounds in just 20 minutes of action.

Most notably, Vooch made all three of his 3-point attempts and it's become clear that he's really putting an emphasis on letting it fly from distance. The big man will have to extend his range in a three-man rotation that also features Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo, and if Vucevic can start to connect from behind the arc on a regular basis it will only add to his fantasy value.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 10 - 3:45 PM

The Magic signed Kevin Murphy to a training camp deal.

He played 17 games with the Jazz back in 2012-13 and played with the Magic during the summer league, averaging 11.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. The Magic signed five other players to training camp deals including G Nick Johnson, so we don't like Murphy's chances of making the 15-man roster.
Sep 9 - 9:34 AM

The Magic officially signed Damjan Rudez to a training camp deal.

They agreed to a deal back in August, but made it official this week. There are two roster spots in Orlando up for grabs and Rudez will be competing with Cliff Alexander, Branden Dawson, Nick Johnson, Kevin Murphy and Arinze Onuaku.
Sep 9 - 9:30 AM


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