Player News - Magic

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Nikola Vucevic scored 28 points against the Hawks during a 117-110 overtime win on Monday, adding 13 rebounds, six assists and one block.

The Hawks are probably glad they won't see Vucevic for a while after he beat them for a game-winner on Sunday. Vooch is playing really well again over his last five, averaging 19.8 points, 8.8 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks on 51.7 percent from the field. He's sitting on third-round value on the season.
Feb 9 - 12:02 AM

Elfrid Payton scored 20 points with four rebounds, seven assists, one block, three steals and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

It's just his fifth 20-point game on the season. Payton has played well in his last two games with a 12-point, 12-dime coming on Sunday against these Hawks. It looks like he'll stick in the starting lineup and hopefully he can finish on a high note like he did last year.
Feb 8 - 11:57 PM

Mario Hezonja scored 14 points with nine rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

It was a little surprising to see him only play 14 minutes on Sunday, but Mario picked up his second game with more than 30 minutes tonight. Tobias Harris (ankle) could be back for Wednesday, so Hezonja is only a 16-team asset right now.
Feb 8 - 11:52 PM

Jason Smith scored 14 points with one assist, two steals and four blocks in 22 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

Coach Scott Skiles loves Jason Smith and made a quick substitution at 8:15 left in the first quarter. Smith is only going to get significant minutes when guys are in the doghouse, so he's not an add.
Feb 8 - 11:47 PM

Victor Oladipo scored nine points with four rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

He went to the locker room after being hit in the face, but he returned and looked fine. Oladipo has a couple face injuries in his career, including a fracture last year to start the season. He'll be fine for Wednesday and is playing well right now.
Feb 8 - 11:44 PM

Tobias Harris (ankle) will not play against the Hawks on Monday.

He did not play against the on Sunday, which led to huge output for Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier. Both guys are in play for DFS and should be owned in all leagues. Harris did warm up for this one, so he has a good chance to play no Wednesday.
Feb 8 - 6:33 PM

Keith Appling's second 10-day contract with the Magic has expired.

The Magic would have had to sign him for the remainder of the season, so Orlando will instead allow him to return to the D-League.
Feb 8 - 11:42 AM

The Magic "aren't discouraging" trade offers for Tobias Harris, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

You could really say this about almost any player in the NBA beyond obvious franchise building blocks, but we digress. Harris was re-signed to a 4-year, $64M deal in the offseason, but the Magic are (rightfully) looking into his market with Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja in the fold. It wouldn't be surprising if Harris is moved, but we would have said the same thing prior to this report, as well. A potential offseason trade seems more likely than a drastic midseason shakeup.
Feb 8 - 10:01 AM

Aaron Gordon hit just 3-of-11 shots on Sunday, but rounded out his stat line with 11 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals, four blocks and zero turnovers through 34 minutes of work.

Since entering the starting five, Gordon has produced steady late-round value behind averages of 10.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.0 block per game on 42.5 percent shooting. He has mid-round upside, and needs to be owned in all leagues.
Feb 7 - 5:07 PM

Evan Fournier returned to the starting lineup on Sunday with Tobias Harris (ankle) sidelined and went off for 21 points, five boards, three 3-pointers, two steals, one assist and three turnovers in 43 minutes.

If Harris is forced to miss any more time with the ankle injury, Fournier should continue to get some heavy run for Orlando, and he could easily flirt with mid-round value in the process. Mario Hezonja didn't do much with the increased opportunity today, missing all five of his shots through 14 minutes of action, so Fournier is obviously the primary beneficiary sans Tobias.
Feb 7 - 4:58 PM

Elfrid Payton double-doubled with 12 points and 12 assists on Sunday, adding four rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal, one block and three turnovers through 32 minutes of action.

Payton managed to shoot 5-of-10 from the field in this one, which was a nice surprise for a guy knocking down just 42.0 percent of his shots on the season. The assists were a season-high, but these types of outings have been few and far between for a guy currently ranked well outside the top-150 in standard leagues. Payton's game translates much better to points formats.
Feb 7 - 4:51 PM

Victor Oladipo drained 9-of-13 shots during Sunday's win over the Hawks, on his way to 19 points, five boards, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 44 minutes of action.

Oladipo has been scorching through the month of February, owning averages of 23.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.5 three-pointers, 2.0 steals, 0.5 swats and 2.8 turnovers per game on 55.0 percent shooting from the field and 95.5 percent from the stripe. That's been good enough for top-8 value in standard leagues, and while he's not likely to be this hot for the remainder of the year, he should have no trouble putting up early-round value as long as he's in the starting lineup.
Feb 7 - 4:41 PM

Nikola Vucevic scored 22 points on 11-of-19 shooting (including a game-winning, turnaround jumper) on Sunday, to go with nine boards, two assists, two steals and an unfortunate six turnovers in 35 minutes.

Vucevic's value has dipped to fifth-round status over the past month, largely due to the fact that he's been shooting just 43.5 percent from the field, so tonight's 57.8 percent shooting performance was a welcome sight for his owners. As a career 51.0 percent shooter, Vuc should get the shooting sorted out soon enough, so now would be a good time to float out some buy-low offers. The video of the buzzer-beating shot can be viewed in the video below.
Feb 7 - 4:30 PM

Evan Fournier will start in place of Tobias Harris (ankle) on Sunday vs. the Hawks.

Harris is day-to-day with a sore left ankle, so this will be a temporary move for the Magic. Harris is averaging 32.9 minutes per game this season, so Fournier should see a heavy dose of playing time which makes him a solid play in fantasy leagues this afternoon. Mario Hezonja and Aaron Gordon get a slight boost as well.
Feb 7 - 11:25 AM

Tobias Harris (sore left ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Hawks.

He was initially dealing with a cut above his eye and was expected to play, but he was held out of practice on Saturday due to soreness in his left ankle. Harris does have a history of ankle issues, so the Magic might just be exercising some caution here. With Harris on the shelf, we can expect to see a lot of Aaron Gordon today, while Mario Hezonja should see more playing time as well.
Feb 7 - 11:14 AM


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