Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

Wesley Iwundu is inactive for Wednesday against the Heat.

He is listed as inactive for a coach's decision, so he looks to be over his hamstring injury. Iwundu had a decent summer league and saw first-half minutes during the preseason.
Oct 18 - 5:27 PM

Elfrid Payton, Terrence Ross, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic will start against the Heat on Wednesday.

Ross has been expected to start for most of the day despite an injured hamstring and Jonathon Simmons going off late in the preseason. Ross could find himself getting minutes at both wing spots, but it'll definitely be worth watching to see if Simmons can push him for the lion's share of minutes.
Oct 18 - 5:20 PM

Terrence Ross (hamstring) is expected to start at shooting guard in Wednesday's season opener against the Heat.

Ross got through shootaround without any issues, so he should be looking at a full complement of minutes tonight as Orlando's starting two-man. He was a top-90 guy with the Magic last season, posting averages of 12.2 points, 1.9 triples and 1.4 steals per contest on 43.2 percent shooting, and he'll look to build on those numbers in his first full year in Orlando.
Oct 18 - 11:22 AM

Coach Frank Vogel said Terrence Ross (hamstring) practiced on Tuesday and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday, but hopes to play in the season opener vs. Miami.

After being considered questionable earlier in the week, it appears Ross is trending in the right direction. However, we'll have to wait for an update after shootaround on Wednesday. This could come down to a game-time decision. If Ross is unable to play, Jonathon Simmons would likely draw the start and would be an intriguing DFS play.
Oct 17 - 1:06 PM

Terrence Ross (hamstring) could miss Wednesday's season opener vs. Miami.

Ross had a hamstring issue last week and missed some preseason action, so it sounds like he tweaked it again. He wasn't able to practice on Monday and Magic beat writer John Denton said his status is in doubt, though Ross himself was a little more optimistic. If Ross is unable to play, Jonathon Simmons will likely be the biggest beneficiary and is coming off a phenomenal preseason, while Jonathan Isaac could also get a bump. Coach Frank Vogel is hopeful that Ross will practice on Tuesday, so that's when his owners can expect another update.
Oct 16 - 1:25 PM

The Magic have signed Jamel Artis to a two-way contract.

The two-way deal means that Artis will primarily be suiting up for Orlando's G-League affiliate this season.
Oct 15 - 2:11 PM

The Magic have decided to keep Khem Birch on their regular-season roster.

"[Birch] understands the rolling-big offensive plan," said coach Frank Vogel. "But he also has a good feel for passing, catching the pocket pass and making the extra [pass] ... He really showed a surprising level of understanding of what’s expected of our centers defensively." Birch will spend plenty of time in the G-League this season, and he's not a fantasy asset while Nikola Vucevic, Bismack Biyombo and Marreese Speights are all healthy.
Oct 15 - 9:55 AM

Terrence Ross was back at practice on Saturday.

He missed Thursday's workout and he did not play due to an illness. Jonathon Simmons may have gained some ground on Ross to help the identity of how the Magic want to play. Plus, now that both Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic are shooting treys, they don't need Ross for spacing as much. Still, Ross is a decent last-round flier in deeper leagues.
Oct 14 - 2:48 PM

Aaron Gordon went off yet again on Friday with 21 points, seven rebounds and three 3-pointers against the Cavs on Friday.

The Aaron Gordon hype train is going so fast the Magic's jersey sponsor, Disney, may have to cast Keanu Reeves for another Speed movie. Gordon spent a lot of time with a sports psychology company called Lucid, and maybe that's part of the reason he's had such confidence in his jumper. Even with all the hype last month, he's gone off in each of the last four games and the Magic broadcast said AG could "easily" score 22 per game after putting up 12.7 points per game last year. We're buying and he's now moved into the early-round territory of competitive leagues.
Oct 13 - 9:47 PM

Jonathon Simmons started for Terrence Ross (illness) on Friday with 12 points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

He had a really strong week and he continues to show he meshes nicely with the first unit. He can play with pace, break down defenses, and coach Frank Vogel has to like his perimeter defense. Simmons is very likely to come off the bench, but it's possible he can unseat Ross for the starting job.
Oct 13 - 9:35 PM

Mario Hezonja played 16 minutes on Friday with three points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

It wasn't a great offseason for Hezonja. The Magic changed their front office, he had a tendon injury, and the team added Jonathon Simmons and Arron Afflalo as competition. In his third year, Super Mario 3 is probably going to need more than a warp flute to make moves this year.
Oct 13 - 9:29 PM

Wesley Iwundu (hamstring) did not play on Friday.

He's been dealing with a hammy issue, but it doesn't sound serious. The Magic actually gave him some first half minutes in the preseason, but he's likely out of the rotation while the team is healthy. He's looked NBA ready at times.
Oct 13 - 9:22 PM

Jonathon Simmons is starting for Terrence Ross (illness) on Friday night.

This should be very interesting to see how Juice fits in with the other starters Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. Simmons has been outstanding in the preseason and it's not a wild idea to think he could eventually take the starting job from Ross.
Oct 13 - 5:27 PM

Evan Fournier (right ankle) went through practice on Thursday and is expected to play against the Cavs on Friday.

He did not play on Monday or Tuesday, which has helped guys like Jonathon Simmons and Jonathan Isaac to showcase their talents. Fournier will be starting and playing minutes around 30, so he'll be a solid late-mid round pick in standard drafts.
Oct 12 - 2:55 PM

Terrence Ross (illness) is not expected to play against the Cavs on Friday.

He had a minor hamstring injury earlier in the preseason, but it sounds like Ross is over his leg ailment. Jonathon Simmons has shined in the second unit and perhaps coach Frank Vogel will go with a defense-first approach in certain spots this season. Ross is really just a last-round flier.
Oct 12 - 2:52 PM


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