Player News - Magic

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The Magic have officially extended a qualifying offer to Evan Fournier, making him a restricted free agent.

The Magic will now be able to match any offer Fournier receives on the open market, and all indications are that the Orlando franchise will do everything they can to retain him. With Victor Oladipo no longer a part of the equation, Fournier will have a clear path to minutes as the team's unquestioned starting two-guard, and he'll likely take on a more proactive role on offense. As a starter last season, Fournier compiled averages of 15.6 points, 2.7 assists, 2.0 triples and 1.3 steals on 45.9 percent shooting.
Jun 29 - 11:28 AM

The Magic have submitted a qualifying offer to Dewayne Dedmon.

Dedmon is on the way to becoming a restricted free agent, meaning that the Magic will be able to match any offer he signs on the open market. Dedmon is nothing more than a backup big man, so his non-existent fantasy value will not change based on the jersey.
Jun 28 - 5:09 PM

Greg Stiemsma will suit up for the Clippers' summer league squad.

Stiemsma will try to showcase himself at summer league, but even if he does manage to secure a deal for the veteran's minimum, he'll be a non-factor in all fantasy leagues. The 30-year-old sat out the 2015-16 season and played in just 17 games for the Raptors during his 2014-15 campaign with all of his averages falling to the right side of the decimal point.
Jun 28 - 3:33 PM

The Magic will not extend a qualifying offer to Andrew Nicholson, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.

This doesn't register as a huge shock as the 26-year-old only averaged 14.7 minutes per game over 56 games last year. Nicholson may hook on with another NBA team this summer, but he won't carry any fantasy value into 2016-17.
Jun 28 - 11:25 AM

The Orlando Magic plan to match any offers restricted free agent Evan Fournier receives this summer, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

Magic GM Ryan Hennigan has said re-signing Fournier will be one of Orlando's top priorities this summer and the draft night trade of Victor Oladipo spoke volumes to that commitment. Fournier averaged 15.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals, and 2.0 treys last season and should be able to improve upon his fantasy value in 2016-17 with Oladipo now in Oklahoma City.
Jun 28 - 9:38 AM

According to multiple reports, issues existed between the Thunder and Serge Ibaka.

This followup shouldn't be considered shocking given Ibaka's agent, Andy Miller, went on the record to say that OKC promised a "larger role" for his client without ever delivering. Ken Berger of CBS Sports echoed Chris Mannix of The Vertical in reporting Ibaka had grown unhappy with his role on the Thunder, while ESPN's Royce Young wrote that Ibaka was never very close with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, citing that the two superstars "were often frustrated with Ibaka's mental mistakes." Now in Orlando, Ibaka will have a chance to reinvent himself as a player under Frank Vogel.
Source: PBT
Jun 27 - 12:16 PM

Serge Ibaka's agent, Andy Miller, said there was an expectation of a "larger role" for his client with the Thunder.

Back in March, Ibaka did mention his play on defense wasn't rewarded on the offensive end. Ibaka's usage rate has dropped in each of the last two seasons while he turned in career-low total rebounding and block percentages. Moving to Orlando, he should have much more opportunity now that two of the league's most used players, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, are not with him. After a really down 2015-16 season, Ibaka could be back to his top-20 status in standard leagues.
Jun 25 - 2:32 PM

Serge Ibaka will not play for Spain at the Olympics this summer.

Ibaka is entering a contract year, so he likely doesn't want to take any unnecessary risks. Luckily for Spain, Pau Gasol confirmed that he will play this summer, while we can expect to see Nikola Mirotic take on a larger role in Ibaka's absence.
Source: Sportando
Jun 25 - 9:39 AM

Orlando GM Rob Hennigan defended the Magic's trade for Serge Ibaka.

"We feel like we have a roster that is really well-balanced now, and it was important for us to balance it in a way that addressed a very glaring need and a very important need in today’s NBA," Hennigan said. "Serge’s ability to protect the basket, his ability to defend in a very versatile way, we feel, is really going to help fortify a major weakness for us." The Magic gave up a lot to acquire Ibaka and the 27-year-old big man can walk in free agency next summer, so re-signing him will likely be their top priority. Ibaka could be a nice fit next to Nikola Vucevic, but this trade could hurt Aaron Gordon's value.
Jun 24 - 9:42 AM

Kentucky F Alex Poythress is expected to play for the Magic during the Orlando Summer League.

Poythress tore an ACL during his junior year but he looked fully recovered as a senior, averaging 10.2 points and 6.0 boards in 23.6 minutes per game. He's a combo forward but his lack of true 3-point range (30.4 percent), combined with a questionable feel for the game, raise questions about his ability to succeed in the NBA. It's far from certain that he'll earn a guaranteed deal after Summer League.
Jun 24 - 12:40 AM

The Magic have selected Stephen Zimmerman with the 41st pick in the Draft.

Another pure center prospect with 59 percent of his shots during his sophomore season coming within three feet. The UNLV prospect was a highly-touted prospect coming out of high school due to his size as a seven-footer, and he showed some athleticism with a 35-inch max vertical at the combine. Zimmerman will give the Magic some depth behind Nikola Vucevic, but he's unlikely to make a big impact during his rookie season.
Jun 23 - 11:31 PM

Serge Ibaka has been traded to the Magic for a package that includes Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and No. 11 pick Domantas Sabonis.

OKC gets a major haul of talent in exchange for Ibaka, whom they were shopping lately, and Oladipo represents a big upgrade at the SG spot for OKC. A potential starting backcourt of Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo would be frightening for opposing guards, and the addition of Ilyasova and Sabonis helps beef up OKC's frontcourt depth. Ibaka's numbers have tailed off in recent seasons for the Thunder, but he should see an uptick in usage and fantasy value as a starter for the Magic. It remains to be seen how his arrival will impact Aaron Gordon's playing time, but it's hard to imagine Gordon not taking a hit.

The Thunder are reportedly shopping Serge Ibaka.

It's unclear exactly what OKC wants in return for Ibaka, but this report does make sense, as Ibaka's numbers have seen a steady decline over the past few years. Ibaka is still an elite rim protector, but drifting away from the hoop has aversely affected his production. For what it's worth, Sam Presti said that Ibaka was "absolutely" still a part of OKC's core, so it'll likely take a substantial offer to move him.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 3:28 PM

Keith Appling was arrested again on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

He was previously arrested at a strip club back in May with a loaded Ak-47, and this latest arrest comes days before he faces a hearing on weapons and drug charges for the first incident. His NBA days are likely over.
Source: Sportando
Jun 18 - 12:44 PM

Peyton Siva has signed with ALBA Berlin of Germany.

Siva last played in the NBA during the 2014-15 season and though he's still just 25, he'll provide no fantasy value while he's playing overseas.
Jun 16 - 12:20 PM


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