Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

Romero Osby has signed with Nanterre of France.

Terms of Osby's deal are not clear, but the 25-year-old won't appear in the NBA this season. The Magic's 2014 second-round pick could still end up back in the NBA, but he can be ignored for 2015-16 fantasy purposes.
Jul 28 - 12:18 PM

Magic acquire G Shabazz Napier.

The move, which was reported on Sunday, is now official. Orlando will send a 2016 2nd round pick for Napier after Miami drafted him in the first round of the 2014 class.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 12:51 PM

Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo are expected to attend Team USA minicamp in August.

Harris is an intriguing potential candidate for the 2016 USA Olympics squad, but he'll face enormous competition in order to secure a final spot. Harris has plenty to prove this season after re-signing with the Magic for four years and $64 million. As for Oladipo, he'll have to absolutely wow the coaching staff with how loaded the roster's backcourt already stands.
Source: ESPN
Jul 27 - 8:47 AM

The Orlando Magic have acquired Shabazz Napier from the Heat in exchange for a protected future second-round pick.

The Heat have been shopping Napier around for a while due to a logjam in their backcourt, so it was just a matter of time before a deal was made. Napier will have a much easier time finding minutes in Orlando, but he still won't be a target in standard leagues while Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo are healthy. On a side note, this increases the likelihood that Tyler Johnson sees some minutes as a backup point guard in Miami next season, while it's also possible that the Heat could decide to keep Mario Chalmers.
Jul 26 - 1:19 PM

Canada's Andrew Nicholson scored 31 points in Friday's Pan-Am Games win over the United States, hitting 12-of-20 shots (including three triples) with 10 rebounds and one block.

Not to be outdone, Sim Bhullar scored five points with two rebounds and two blocks in 13 minutes. It has been a crazy Friday night.
Jul 24 - 9:05 PM

Anthony Randolph soared like an eagle in Friday's Pan-Am Games loss to Canada, scoring 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting (including three treys) with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

Like the bad guy in a scary movie, Ant-Rand's stat appeal just won't die. Randolph has been off the radar more than a stealth bomber, so fantasy owners can ignore him regardless of his output in boxscores.
Jul 24 - 9:01 PM

Keith Appling has reached an agreement on a partially-guaranteed contract with the Magic.

He had some success with the Magic in Orlando Summer League, averaging 15.6 points, 1.2 boards, 3.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 0.4 treys on 50.0 percent from the field. Appling is basically just a camp invite.
Jul 20 - 4:15 PM

According to the Miami Herald, the Heat have still been aggressive in trade talks regarding Shabazz Napier and Mario Chalmers.

The Heat would prefer to move Chalmers due to his $4.3 million salary, but their willingness to trade Napier suggests that they have a deep desire to open up some cap space. Napier was thoroughly disappointing during his rookie season, but he did look a lot better during summer league. Nothing is imminent right now, but we will let you know if trade talks involving these two players progress.
Jul 19 - 1:10 PM

Contrary to a previous report, Croatian head coach Velimir Perasovic released a statement saying that Mario Hezonja will play for him at Eurobasket this summer.

"In recent days there has been a lot of talk about a possible cancellation of performances by Mario Hezonja at EuroBasket 2015," Perasovic said. "There were no statements nor by HKS [the Croatian national team], nor of me as a coach, or from Mario Hezonja. The reason for this is a complicated situation in which Mario found himself in relation to his new club, Orlando Magic, and partly due to an injury sustained in the NBA Summer League in Orlando.The desire for Mario to play on the Croatian national team, as far as I was in contact with him, for me was never in doubt, and I never doubted it." It's unclear what injury Hezonja suffered during the summer league, but it's likely very minor if he is expected to play for Croatia this summer.
Source: Sportando
Jul 19 - 1:03 PM

Mario Hezonja will not play with Croatia at EuroBasket.

He's going to focus on his professional career with the Magic. If Hezonja's quotes are any indication, he's likely going to spend some extra time learning from his teammates and coaches to try and hit the ground running. He showed some nice improvements in off-ball play during Orlando Summer League and he has the physical tools to be a complete small forward. We'd still expect him to start somewhat slow, but he absolutely could be a strong asset in fantasy leagues at some point in the upcoming season.
Jul 18 - 2:57 PM

Heat assistant coach Dan Craig showered praise on Shabazz Napier for his performances during the summer league.

"That's a credit to him and all his hard work, from player development, but also just taking advantage of opportunities throughout the year and learning from them, getting better and applying them this summer league," Craig said. "He did a great job with his motor and his pace. He really got into the paint. We challenged him going into the summer, 'Can you collapse a defense? Can you get two feet into the paint?' The last game he played, he got into the paint 29 times, he shot 13 free throws, had 21 points." Napier made strides this summer and compiled averages of 17.0 points and 4.5 assists per game. He has a ton of competition for playing time next season, so he likely won't make an impact in fantasy leagues.
Jul 18 - 11:43 AM

Aaron Gordon had a surgical procedure to repair a fractured jaw on Tuesday.

He suffered the injury while with his family and was "horsing around with older brother," according to the team. Gordon should still be fine for training camp, but the team has not revealed a timetable. He was an absolute monster in Orlando Pro Summer League, averaging 21.7 points and 11.7 boards. We'll watch him closely in training camp.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 17 - 4:56 PM

Shabazz Napier scored 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with six rebounds, six assists and three steals in Monday's preseason loss to the Nuggets.

Napier did all this damage in 24 minutes and that's all one needs to know about the level of play in this game. He is fighting for the backup point guard job with Mario Chalmers, who has been dangled on the trading block for basically nothing according to reports. He'll need an injury to Goran Dragic to matter in fantasy leagues this season, but it's good to see him making the most of his Summer League so far.
Jul 13 - 10:18 PM

Anthony Randolph has decided to re-sign with Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia.

He was waived by the Magic last year, and it doesn't sound like he will be getting another shot at the NBA any time soon. We will continue to track his progress overseas, but he is safe to ignore in all leagues.
Jul 12 - 9:05 AM

The Magic officially signed Mario Hezonja on Friday.

Hezonja has been a human highlight reel during the summer league so far and the Magic have to be thrilled with their No. 5 pick in the draft. It's going to be a little tricky for Hezonja to find consistent minutes due to head coach Scott Skiles' reluctance to give rookies big minutes, but the upside is certainly there. We will keep a close eye on him leading up to the season opener.
Jul 10 - 3:05 PM


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