Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

Kelvin Sampson could be Orlando's prime target for their coaching vacancy, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

The Magic have been the quietest about their pursuit of a coach, so this is an interesting report from one of the best. Sampson has been coaching at the University of Houston, but he spent time in the NBA as an assistant with the Bucks and Rockets from 2008-14. He's been a head coach in the NCAA on and off since the 1980s, but this would be his first head coaching gig in the NBA.
May 16 - 4:03 PM

Aaron Gordon said a max contract would be his ideal scenario for free agency this summer.

"Ideal is max. That would be ideal," Gordon said. "Three letters. ... Definitely here." As a restricted free agent, the Magic can match all offers on Gordon after a career year in basically every category for counting stats. He started off on fire to start the season, but wasn't able to keep it going. Plus, he really needs to increase his performance at the charity stripe to be an early-round guy.
Apr 12 - 2:27 PM

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Magic have fired head coach Frank Vogel.

Vogel had a lot of success as the head coach for the Pacers, but his time with the Magic wa a different story. The Magic had a 54-110 during his two seasons at the helm, so they will move on to their fifth coach since firing Stan Van Gundy in 2012. This job opening will certainly have a lot of appeal, as the Magic have some nice young pieces in Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac to go with a likely top-5 pick in a strong draft.
Source: ESPN
Apr 12 - 9:10 AM

Nikola Vucevic scored two points with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 12 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday.

Besides not getting playing time in the second half, Vucevic wasn't affected by tanking too much. He only missed two games since returning from his wrist injury, so his fantasy owners should be fairly happy with the output late. Next year, he should still be with the Magic with the team almost a lock to take a point guard.
Apr 11 - 11:32 PM

Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon offered public support for coach Frank Vogel this week, but the Magic front office has been ominously silent about his future.

"I think he’s done the best job he could," Vucevic said. "Last year, he came in and he had a team that was just put together — a lot of new players. It didn’t work out. We just couldn’t get things together on the court at all. It looked good on paper. On the court, it never clicked." Gordon said his coach has been "great" but there's widespread speculation that his job will be vacant this summer. Stay tuned.
Apr 11 - 11:29 PM

Aaron Gordon was rested for the second half of Wednesday's game, finishing with 11 points, three rebounds and one block in 12 minutes.

That's a wrap for AG's 2017-18 season. He opened the game 3-of-3 from deep but Orlando has no incentive to play their key starters, so they quickly sat Gordon and Nikola Vucevic in favor of Khem Birch and Marreese Speights. Gordon couldn't maintain his torrid early-season production and he struggled as the focal point of defenses when Vuc was injured, but he's still finishing with middle-round value despite poor percentages (43.3% FGs, 69.8% FTs). That'll be an area to watch throughout the offseason.
Apr 11 - 11:28 PM

Khem Birch started the second half vs. the Wizards on Wednesday, scoring 13 points (3-of-3 FGs, 7-of-10 FTs) with nine rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 33 minutes.

Marreese Speights also started the second half, but he finished scoreless with one rebound and one steal in three minutes. Birch got extended run with Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon both resting, so this doesn't mean much, but he could carve out a bigger role next season. If nothing else, he's given Orlando some incentive to guarantee his $1.4 million salary.
Apr 11 - 11:27 PM

Marreese Speights was ejected for throwing an elbow at Marcin Gortat on Wednesday night.

Gortat wasn't happy with Speights after a hard foul on Tomas Satoransky, which caused the altercation. Speights has been out of the rotation for the most part in the second half of the season.
Apr 11 - 9:34 PM

Terrence Ross (rest) will play in Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Bulls.

Ross was rested on Monday, but he'll be out there for limited minutes tonight. He's not a fantasy target, though.
Apr 11 - 12:40 PM

Head coach Frank Vogel said that D.J. Augustin, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic will not play "big minutes" on Wednesday.

In other words, the vets will have their minutes limited as Orlando tanks away the final game of their season, making these guys tough to trust in DFS. This is good news for Mario Hezonja and Khem Birch, though.

Evan Fournier (knee), Jonathan Isaac (ankle) and Jonathon Simmons (wrist) will miss Orlando's regular-season finale against Washington.

Fournier never got back to the court after going down with a knee sprain on March 8, and both Isaac and Simmons have been out for a while now. Mario Hezonja will continue to log big minutes with all these guys out, and he's on the radar in DFS with what should be an uptempo matchup against the Wizards.

Jonathon Simmons (wrist) is listed as out for Wednesday's game vs. Washington.

Simmons will finish the season sidelined for the final 12 games. However, he put together a solid year before injuring his wrist. He tallied career-highs across the board, averaging 13.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 10 - 1:49 PM

Jonathan Isaac (ankle) is listed as out for Wednesday's finale vs. Washington.

Isaac showed flashes of promise, especially on the defensive end, during his rookie campaign. However, foot/ankle injuries marred his season. Isaac will end the year appearing just 27 games.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 10 - 1:46 PM

Nikola Vucevic hit 8-of-17 shots for 17 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in 29 minutes of Monday's 102-86 loss to the Bucks.

Vuc has been playing well and while there was a chance he could have rested tonight, he was out there powering through it and playing well. We'll have to see if plays in Wednesday's finale against the Wizards, but if he's starting in that one, you'll want him in your fantasy lineup. Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja, Khem Birch and Bismack Biyombo all played decently for the Magic, but Vuc was the star in a meaningless game.
Apr 9 - 10:49 PM

Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon will be in the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with Milwaukee.

The Magic are on the second leg of a back-to-back set, so there was some fear that one of these guys could hit the sidelines, but that will not be the case. Joining these two in the starting five will be Mario Hezonja, D.J. Augustin and Wes Iwundu.


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