Player News - Magic

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Tobias Harris said that he is not worried about becoming a restricted free agent in the summer, as he knows the Magic will have the final say whether or not he will stay in Orlando.

"I don’t really worry. I trust in God and I know that He has the ultimate plan for me,’’ Harris said. "You get a little nervous at times, but I think everything is going to work out for me. I wanted to go out and have a successful year and a great year and I think I’ve put in the work. It’s in the teams hands with whatever wants to be done. All I can do is really sit back and be patient at this time." Harris is expected to draw some serious interest in July, most notably from the Knicks, and it will be interesting to see if the Magic are wiling to match any offer. We will be following this story very closely over the summer.
Apr 19 - 9:54 AM

Elfrid Payton will head to Orlando Summer League in July.

He's probably going to be one of the best guards for that event. Payton will also spend plenty of time working on his jumper with shooting consultant Dave Love. If you're in a points league fantasy format, Payton is going to be highly coveted. He should be a top 75-100 pick in standard leagues for now.
Apr 17 - 6:39 PM

Aaron Gordon will take part in Orlando Summer League in July.

He was starting to come on and get minutes, but Gordon's offensive game is really raw. He potentially could be a fantasy stud and making his free throws this season was big for him. For now, Gordon isn't worth drafting in standard leagues yet and a lot will have to do with Tobias Harris.
Apr 17 - 6:36 PM

Orlando GM Rob Hennigan said that James Borrego will get an interview to be considered for the Magic's next head coaching job.

Despite the fact that the Orlando organization will be focusing primarily on candidates with extensive head coaching experience, Hennigan said that Borrego filled in admirably as the interim head coach this season, and he has earned himself the opportunity to be considered for the job. Scott Skiles, Michael Malone, and Tom Thibodeau have also been mentioned as potential candidates, and this is a story we’ll be following closely this offseason. Stay tuned.
Apr 17 - 8:30 AM

Evan Fournier said he thinks the Magic have the pieces in place to make a jump next season, but added that significant individual improvement is needed.

It's unclear if Fournier was talking about himself or each individual player on the team, but did add that he'd like to sign an extension with the Magic. He's eligible to sign an extension before November 1, but Fournier said he understood those usually go to stars. The 22-year-old has potential, but will be stuck playing behind Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo next season and is thus limited to more of a deep league fantasy option.
Apr 16 - 1:30 PM

Orlando guard Willie Green wants to play a couple more seasons before retiring and says he's open to coming back to the Magic.

He's a locker room guy at this point in his career and the veteran might be better served on a contender. Then again, that's exactly what the Magic could be next season if guys like Victor Oladipo, Nik Vucevic and Elfrid Payton continue to develop. And if the real Tobias Harris shows up.
Apr 16 - 11:46 AM

Luke Ridnour isn't sure if he will continue his playing career next season.

His family has given him the OK to keep playing in the NBA, but he's not certain that's what he wants to do right now. "I'll take a couple months and pray about it," he said. Let's just say that Ridnour's retirement plans won't be high priority for fantasy owners this summer, but he has carved out a nice career since being drafted out of Oregon in 2003.
Apr 16 - 11:07 AM

Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points on 12-of-21 shooting with 11 boards, five assists, one steal and one block in 40 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

Vucevic's owners will be thrilled that he played 40 minutes in such a meaningless game for the Magic. He certainly gave Brooklyn a scare, but he couldn't prevent the Nets from pulling away in the fourth quarter. Victor Oladipo played well with 19 points, three assist, two boards, two 3-pointers and a block, while Andrew Nicholson impressed by scoring 18 points with nine boards, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
Apr 16 - 1:22 AM

Andrew Nicholson will start next to Aaron Gordon at the forward spots against the Nets on Wednesday.

Nicholson has had some awful stretches and he's likely going to share minutes with Dewayne Dedmon. Unless you really need threes and boards from a PF, Nicholson isn't a great play.
Apr 15 - 6:54 PM

Evan Fournier (sore right hip) will not play against the Nets on Wednesday.

It'll be his third game out to close the season. The Magic will give more minutes to Willie Green tonight while Aaron Gordon also benefits slightly because of minutes opening up overall. Fournier won't have much fantasy value next season, especially with the Magic likely to have a high lottery pick.
Apr 15 - 6:29 PM

Tobias Harris will not play on Wednesday due to a sore right Achilles.

This is the first we've heard of an Achilles injury for Harris and it sounds like a convenient excuse to rest him in a meaningless game, as the Magic can't move up or down the draft-lottery board. His absence shifts more playing time to Moe Harkless and Aaron Gordon.
Apr 15 - 6:28 PM

The Orlando Magic are reportedly planning on offering Kyle O'Quinn a qualifying offer after the 2014-15 season.

O'Quinn is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, but a qualifying offer would make him a restricted free agent and allow the Magic a chance to match any offer he receives. While O'Quinn has lost playing time under interim head coach James Borrego, he is still just 25 years old and could give the Magic (or other suitors) some depth for their second unit.
Apr 14 - 11:04 AM

Tobias Harris had 26 points, 12 boards, one assist and two 3-pointers during a 100-93 loss to the Heat on Monday.

The Magic are planning to re-sign Harris this summer and it's going to cost them quite a bit to do so. Harris played well over his last five, averaging 17.6 points, 7.6 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.6 treys on 50.0 percent from the field. He's going to be a mid-round target next season, assuming he stays in Orlando.
Apr 14 - 1:21 AM

Aaron Gordon made 2-of-14 from the field for five points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes against the Heat on Monday.

He got the start tonight and will likely start again vs. the Nets on Wednesday. Obviously the shooting line stinks, but the other stats and the usage rate are encouraging. Keep an eye on him on Wednesday and over the summer because he does have a nice upside.
Apr 14 - 1:18 AM

Victor Oladipo scored 30 points against the Heat on Monday with six boards, one assist, four steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

He's really stuffing the stat sheet and is gaining a ton of value for drafts next season. If you're in an eight-category league, you're going to have to pounce on 'Dipo in the second round. He's a third-round target in standard leagues for now.
Apr 14 - 1:14 AM

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