Player News - Magic

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Elfrid Payton played 20 minutes against the Thunder during a 73-65 loss on Monday, making 1-of-3 from the field for four points with one rebound, four assists, three steals and four turnovers.

He's not having a strong summer league based on his stats, but there's no reason to be alarmed. Payton is using his time at summer league to add a little more diversity to his game, so expect some growing pains this month. He should be a mid-round target, especially in leagues that don't count 3-pointers or free throw percentage.
Jul 6 - 5:15 PM

Aaron Gordon looked fantastic again on Monday against the Thunder, scoring 21 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer on 8-of-11 from the field.

Again, he struggled from the line, making just 4-of-8 from there. However, his mid-range game looks like it's from another world while he has been destroying his man off the dribble. Gordon has clearly put in the work and he's not ready to concede his minutes to the number of forwards on the Magic roster right now. He's becoming a late-round flier at this rate.
Jul 6 - 5:12 PM

Mario Hezonja put on a show again on Monday against the Thunder, scoring 14 points with three rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.

He had a one-handed tomahawk down the lane for a jam in traffic followed by a stare-down, had an a one-handed alley-oop slam, and he had the fist pump working after a 3-pointer. It's still unknown if coach Scott Skiles will change his ways from counting on rookies, but Hezonja is just too much fun right now.
Jul 6 - 4:53 PM

Tobias Harris reportedly turned down a max offer from the Sacramento Kings before deciding to re-sign with the Magic.

Similar to Monta Ellis and Wesley Matthews, Harris turned down more money from the Kings, so that says all you need to know about what is going on in Sacramento right now. Harris didn't really get a fair shot when he played for coach Scott Skiles in Milwaukee, so it will be interesting to see how they gel in Orlando now that Harris is fresh off a four-year, $64 million contract.
Jul 5 - 11:11 AM

Elfrid Payton struggled with his shot during a 75-74 overtime win over the Clippers on Saturday, making 3-of-10 from the field for seven points with two rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and five turnovers.

He's been working on his jumper a lot and it was looking good in practice, but it didn't translate today. Payton did have some confidence and he was on balance more often in this game. He's still a mid-round player to think about in standard leagues.
Jul 4 - 3:08 PM

Aaron Gordon started his summer league with a bang against the Clippers on Saturday, scoring 22 points with 18 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

The bad news here is he only made 4-of-10 from the line, so that continues to be a big problem for him. He had a lot of confidence in his mid-range jumper, which was a big question for him coming into this offseason. Gordon is an athletic freak and has length to defend, so an improved jumper would go a long way. That said, he's really in a tough spot for playing time with Tobias Harris coming back.
Jul 4 - 3:05 PM

Mario Hezonja hit a game-winning 3-pointer during overtime in his summer league debut, finishing with 12 points, two rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers.

His 3-pointer was from two feet behind the line and it was nothing but net. Hezonja plays with a lot of swagger and his first step was on full display. He also had a wrap-around pass and a no-look dish in transition. The rookie wasn't very active off the ball, but it'll come. He might be your favorite rookie in no time.
Jul 4 - 2:59 PM

C.J. Watson has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with the Orlando Magic.

The Magic got rid of Luke Ridnour and Ben Gordon this summer, so they finally were able to add some additional depth to their backcourt on Saturday. Watson is a solid combo guard who averaged 10.0 points, 3.6 assists, 2.9 boards, 1.0 steals and 1.2 3-pointers for the Pacers last season, and he could be one of the first players off the bench for the Magic next season. In terms of fantasy, Watson is only on the radar in deeper leagues.
Jul 4 - 9:56 AM

Tobias Harris said that he has a great relationship with head coach Scott Skiles.

"First off, me and Scott have a great relationship," Harris said. "What people don’t understand is that when he first coached me, I was 18 years old. And from 18 to being about to turn 23 now, I’m a completely different player. Even in Milwaukee, where I didn’t play as much, we still had a great dialogue. He just wanted me to work harder. He just said, ‘Your time is coming.’ So he was always encouraging for me." Harris just signed a four-year, $64 million contract, and it will be interesting to see what Skiles' plans are for Harris next season. For now, Harris will be a solid mid-round target.
Jul 4 - 9:52 AM

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Orlando Magic are close to signing C.J. Watson to bolster their backcourt.

The Magic just re-signed Tobias Harris on Friday, but their backcourt is still relatively weak behind Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo. Watson would be a solid addition to the Magic bench, but he wouldn't have a large enough role to warrant attention in fantasy leagues.
Jul 4 - 9:28 AM

Restricted free agent Tobias Harris has come to terms on a four-year, $64 million deal to stay with the Magic.

Harris had quite a bit of interest around the league and it genuinely seemed like he might not be back in Orlando next season. But after swinging and missing on Paul Millsap, it seems the Magic got back on the Harris bandwagon and he'll be in a nice position to improve after last season.
Source: Real GM
Jul 3 - 10:45 PM

Mario Hezonja is set to debut at summer league on Saturday.

He's on the Magic Blue team, so he'll be making his debut at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Plan your July 4th grilling session accordingly.
Jul 3 - 12:42 PM

The Wizards have shown interest in signing C.J. Watson, according to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post.

Watson can provide the Wizards with a quality backup behind John Wall, but he doesn't provide a ton of fantasy value after averaging 10.0 points, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.2 three-pointers in 57 games with the Pacers last season. We'll keep Watson's status updated as more information becomes available, but his destination won't affect fantasy owners in standard leagues.
Jul 2 - 11:52 AM

According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, the Magic are unlikely to match a max offer for Tobias Harris.

The Magic have two talented players in Aaron Gordon and Mario Hezonja who can play small forward, and their pursuit of Paul Millsap suggests that they may be willing to let Harris walk. The Celtics and Pistons are rumored to be interested in Harris, so it will be interesting to see how much teams are willing to give him with the cap set to rise in 2016.
Jul 1 - 1:21 PM

The Knicks have held preliminary discussions with veteran guard Willie Green.

Green would be a solid presence on the Knicks' bench, but he wouldn't have a significant role in New York. The Knicks have had multiple discussions with Green since free agency began, so a deal could be reached very soon.
Jul 1 - 10:48 AM

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