Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

Victor Oladipo said that he is starting to realize just how good he can be in the NBA.

"I'm finally starting to realize how good I can be and what my potential is," Oladipo said. "So I'm definitely going to keep working on getting better so I can exhaust my potential." Oladipo had season averages of 17.9 points, 4.2 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.2 3-pointers this season, and he showed some serious improvement down the stretch. He also averaged 2.8 turnovers and shot just 43.6 percent from the field, but those numbers should improve if the Magic add some pieces around him this summer. He will likely be off the board in the first few rounds of drafts.
Source: Fox Sports
May 23 - 11:22 AM

Ben Gordon is unlikely to return to the Orlando Magic next season.

Gordon's contract is not guaranteed for 2015-16, so it's unlikely the team will bring the 32-year-old back for a third season. This news comes as no surprise as Gordon sat the team's last 10 games and only played 11 of their final 32. Gordon may have to weigh retirement as he's unlikely to get many offers as a free agent and he can be forgotten about by fantasy owners.
May 14 - 11:12 AM

According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic could look to trade Andrew Nicholson.

Nicholson had a terrible 2014-15 campaign, and he averaged just 4.9 points and 2.1 boards in 40 appearances on the season. The Magic have a ton of depth at the power forward position which includes Channing Frye, Tobias Harris, Aaron Gordon and Kyle O'Quinn, and they could also pursue another big via the draft or free agency. Nicholson doesn't really fit in with players such as Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo because he doesn't run the floor well, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him in a different uniform next season.
May 10 - 9:58 AM

Interim head coach James Borrego spoke highly of rookie Aaron Gordon, and he believes that he has a bright future in the NBA mainly because of his potential on the defensive end.

"Every good team, every championship team, has that type of player, and Aaron's one of those guys," Borrego said. "He absolutely believes he can be a top-level defender, a premier defender — someone we can put on our opponent's best player, whether it's a 1, 2, 3 or 4. And that's realistic for him. That's not us dreaming something up. That's a reality." Gordon showed flashes this season, and though he averaged just 5.2 points and 3.6 boards in 17.0 minutes per game, it should be noted that he was slowed down by a foot injury. Gordon isn't worth drafting in standard leagues just yet, but his play in the Orlando Summer League could change things.
May 6 - 10:06 AM

Kyle O'Quinn was not happy with the way he performed this season.

"Me personally, I don't think I played the way I should have," O'Quinn said. "It was too up-and-down for me." O'Quinn appeared in just 51 games this season after falling out of the rotation under interim head coach James Borrego and battling ankle injuries, but he is still just 25 years old and has plenty of potential. O'Quinn is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, but all signs point to him wearing a Magic uniform for the start of the 2015-16 season. As of right now, O'Quinn won't be a target in standard fantasy drafts.
Source: Fox Sports
May 3 - 10:45 AM

Tobias Harris said that he is not worried about becoming a restricted free agent in the summer, as he knows the Magic will have the final say whether or not he will stay in Orlando.

"I don’t really worry. I trust in God and I know that He has the ultimate plan for me,’’ Harris said. "You get a little nervous at times, but I think everything is going to work out for me. I wanted to go out and have a successful year and a great year and I think I’ve put in the work. It’s in the teams hands with whatever wants to be done. All I can do is really sit back and be patient at this time." Harris is expected to draw some serious interest in July, most notably from the Knicks, and it will be interesting to see if the Magic are wiling to match any offer. We will be following this story very closely over the summer.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 19 - 9:54 AM

Elfrid Payton will head to Orlando Summer League in July.

He's probably going to be one of the best guards for that event. Payton will also spend plenty of time working on his jumper with shooting consultant Dave Love. If you're in a points league fantasy format, Payton is going to be highly coveted. He should be a top 75-100 pick in standard leagues for now.
Apr 17 - 6:39 PM

Aaron Gordon will take part in Orlando Summer League in July.

He was starting to come on and get minutes, but Gordon's offensive game is really raw. He potentially could be a fantasy stud and making his free throws this season was big for him. For now, Gordon isn't worth drafting in standard leagues yet and a lot will have to do with Tobias Harris.
Apr 17 - 6:36 PM

Orlando GM Rob Hennigan said that James Borrego will get an interview to be considered for the Magic's next head coaching job.

Despite the fact that the Orlando organization will be focusing primarily on candidates with extensive head coaching experience, Hennigan said that Borrego filled in admirably as the interim head coach this season, and he has earned himself the opportunity to be considered for the job. Scott Skiles, Michael Malone, and Tom Thibodeau have also been mentioned as potential candidates, and this is a story we’ll be following closely this offseason. Stay tuned.
Apr 17 - 8:30 AM

Evan Fournier said he thinks the Magic have the pieces in place to make a jump next season, but added that significant individual improvement is needed.

It's unclear if Fournier was talking about himself or each individual player on the team, but did add that he'd like to sign an extension with the Magic. He's eligible to sign an extension before November 1, but Fournier said he understood those usually go to stars. The 22-year-old has potential, but will be stuck playing behind Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo next season and is thus limited to more of a deep league fantasy option.
Apr 16 - 1:30 PM

Orlando guard Willie Green wants to play a couple more seasons before retiring and says he's open to coming back to the Magic.

He's a locker room guy at this point in his career and the veteran might be better served on a contender. Then again, that's exactly what the Magic could be next season if guys like Victor Oladipo, Nik Vucevic and Elfrid Payton continue to develop. And if the real Tobias Harris shows up.
Apr 16 - 11:46 AM

Luke Ridnour isn't sure if he will continue his playing career next season.

His family has given him the OK to keep playing in the NBA, but he's not certain that's what he wants to do right now. "I'll take a couple months and pray about it," he said. Let's just say that Ridnour's retirement plans won't be high priority for fantasy owners this summer, but he has carved out a nice career since being drafted out of Oregon in 2003.
Apr 16 - 11:07 AM

Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points on 12-of-21 shooting with 11 boards, five assists, one steal and one block in 40 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

Vucevic's owners will be thrilled that he played 40 minutes in such a meaningless game for the Magic. He certainly gave Brooklyn a scare, but he couldn't prevent the Nets from pulling away in the fourth quarter. Victor Oladipo played well with 19 points, three assist, two boards, two 3-pointers and a block, while Andrew Nicholson impressed by scoring 18 points with nine boards, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
Apr 16 - 1:22 AM

Andrew Nicholson will start next to Aaron Gordon at the forward spots against the Nets on Wednesday.

Nicholson has had some awful stretches and he's likely going to share minutes with Dewayne Dedmon. Unless you really need threes and boards from a PF, Nicholson isn't a great play.
Apr 15 - 6:54 PM

Evan Fournier (sore right hip) will not play against the Nets on Wednesday.

It'll be his third game out to close the season. The Magic will give more minutes to Willie Green tonight while Aaron Gordon also benefits slightly because of minutes opening up overall. Fournier won't have much fantasy value next season, especially with the Magic likely to have a high lottery pick.
Apr 15 - 6:29 PM


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