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The Pistons and Magic have discussed a trade that would send Jeff Green and D.J. Augustin to Detroit for Reggie Jackson, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Magic signed Green to a one-year, $15 million deal, so that expiring contract could help the Magic make a move. It is interesting to see they have talked about a Jackson deal to pick up a big contract despite a terrible season. Last year, we saw the Magic and Pistons pull the reverse on this with the Magic trading away Tobias Harris for the expiring deals of Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova -- Tobias has been good, though. Anyway, Jeff Green being dealt would open up minutes for Aaron Gordon and Mario Hezonja.
Feb 17 - 3:07 PM

The Pistons and Magic have discussed a trade that would send D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green to Detroit for Reggie Jackson, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

He was signed to a four-year, $29 million deal last year, so this wouldn't be about his contract. Everyone knows coach Stan Van Gundy likes his point guards to be able to shoot, so Augustin fits that bill. He could potentially get more minutes, but he's still not worth picking up unless you're cutting something you won't miss. DJA is 29 years old.
Feb 17 - 2:57 PM

Mario Hezonja had eight points on 4-of-10 shooting with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 25 bench minutes vs. the Spurs on Wednesday.

Serge Ibaka's departure shifts Aaron Gordon to more PF minutes, alleviating a time-crunch on the wings, which should work to Hezonja's benefit -- especially if the Magic go into full-on tank mode. Terrence Ross didn't play tonight, however, and he represents another threat to Hezonja in addition to coach Frank Vogel's reticence to deploy him. For now, he's just a luxury stash.
Feb 15 - 10:07 PM

Nikola Vucevic made 7-of-16 shots to finish Wednesday's game with 16 points, 10 rebounds and one block in 28 minutes.

Aaron Gordon doesn't space the court as well as Serge Ibaka, which could lead to some congestion in the paint, but overall the recent trade shouldn't hurt Vuc's fantasy appeal. He came in shooting 5-of-19 from the field in his previous two games, so it wasn't a bad return vs. the Spurs' defense tonight.
Feb 15 - 10:06 PM

Elfrid Payton struggled in 30 minutes vs. the Spurs, posting seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with three rebounds, three assists and three turnovers.

C.J. Watson even exited early with a sore Achilles, opening up more minutes, but Payton couldn't duplicate Monday's 20-point game. He's been shooting the ball better lately but was still a 12-team liability over Orlando's past dozen games. Maybe things will open up for him if the Magic commit to playing small-ball after the break.
Feb 15 - 10:05 PM

Bismack Biyombo played 16 minutes on Wednesday to finish with four points, three rebounds and one blocked shot.

Biyombo had played a combined seven minutes next to Nikola Vucevic since Orlando's lineup change in mid-January. He shared the court with Vuc for a short while tonight, but the absence of Serge Ibaka mostly resulted in more small-ball lineups. That's the way the Magic are trending, so as long as Vuc is around there's no reason to own Biyombo.
Feb 15 - 10:05 PM

Jeff Green moved into Orlando's starting unit on Wednesday and had 11 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

Green's start may be temporary, however, if the Magic eventually opt for a lineup that includes Terrence Ross alongside C.J. Watson (or another PG), Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Nik Vucevic. Even if the veteran Green does continue to start, he's been far too unreliable to own in standard leagues.
Feb 15 - 10:01 PM

Aaron Gordon started Wednesday's game and played 33 minutes, finishing with 11 points (3-of-9 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), six rebounds, two assists and one block.

Gordon will be playing more PF with Serge Ibaka out of town, but coach Frank Vogel is leery of throwing him into the fire due to concerns about his perimeter defense. It was Jeff Green defending LaMarcus Aldridge in the first quarter tonight, but that didn't work either as LA went off for 13 early points. No matter how you slice it, Gordon's outlook is considerably brighter with Orlando actively seeking ways to unlock his potential down the stretch.
Feb 15 - 10:00 PM

C.J. Watson (sore right Achilles) will not return on Wednesday against the Spurs.

It is just soreness for Watson and nothing really looked too bad during the game. He'll have the All-Star break to get right. Elfrid Payton started the third quarter for this game, but D.J. Augustin should play a lot with this game headed to garbage time. Watson finished with four points, three rebounds, four assists and one steal in 18 minutes.
Feb 15 - 8:23 PM

Terrence Ross will not play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

He's cleared his physical, and it sounds like Serge Ibaka did as well, but neither guy will be debuting for their new squad until after the All-Star break. Ross should have more opportunity in Orlando, but his production will be sporadic.
Feb 15 - 6:19 PM

Jeff Green will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

Orlando's first starting five sans Serge Ibaka will feature C.J. Watson, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Green and Nikola Vucevic. Head coach Frank Vogel said that he's hesitant to give Gordon major minutes at the four-spot due to concerns about the team's perimeter defense, so he'll continue to experiment with the 30-year-old Green at power forward.

Terrence Ross passed his physical, and the Magic are awaiting word on Serge Ibaka to see if Ross can play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

Ibaka wasn't dealing with any medical issues prior to the trade, so it's very likely that he'll clear his physical and both these guys will be in action for their new teams on Wednesday. Stay tuned.
Feb 15 - 5:24 PM

Terrence Ross was present during Orlando's shootaround on Wednesday morning.

Both Ross and Serge Ibaka will need to pass their physicals in order to play on Wednesday, but there's a good chance that will happen as Ibaka has also joined his new team in Toronto. Ross is going to have a lot more opportunity to produce with the Magic, but he's been pretty inconsistent throughout his career, so this is a wait-and-see situation in most leagues.
Feb 15 - 12:19 PM

Magic head coach Frank Vogel said that with the departure of Serge Ibaka, he'll be deploying more small ball lineups.

Assuming Vogel wants to keep his job, this should mean more minutes for Aaron Gordon at the four-spot, which will be a major boon to his value. It's plausible that the Magic could go with a starting five of Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Terrence Ross, Gordon and Nikola Vucevic, but Ross and Ibaka will need to clear their physicals before they can suit up for their new team.
Feb 15 - 12:14 PM

Magic GM Rob Hennigan said that Aaron Gordon will see some more minutes at the four-spot with Serge Ibaka no longer a part of the equation.

Per basketball-reference, Gordon has spent just four percent of his total playing time at the four-spot this season (down from 60 percent the previous year), and anyone who has watched Orlando games this year can see how uncomfortable Gordon feels running things at the three. Ultimately the decision of where Gordon logs most of his minutes will be made by Frank Vogel, but so far Vogel has shown an unhealthy infatuation with the 30-year-old Jeff Green. Hopefully, that trend stops now.
Feb 14 - 6:07 PM


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