Player News - Magic

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Elfrid Payton is not listed on the injury report despite tweaking his knee during Friday's game against the Knicks, and he will play on Sunday vs. the Pacers.

We have seen a lot of promising rookies suffer injuries this season, so it's great to see Payton dodge a bullet here. Over his last 10 games he has averaged 10.3 points, 6.9 assists, 4.3 boards and 2 steals per game, so owners can comfortably deploy him as usual.
Jan 24 - 12:17 PM

Tobias Harris is not thrilled about coming off the bench for the past two games, but wants to remain professional about it.

"Do I like it? No," Harris said. "But I'm a professional." It's interesting how he has remained on the bench despite rookie Devyn Marble's uninspiring play in the starting lineup, and one would almost have to start wondering if the reports that Harris wants to join the Knicks as a free agent has anything to do with it. While we still believe Harris will return to the starting lineup sooner rather than later, this is definitely something to keep an eye on going forward.
Jan 24 - 9:43 AM

Nikola Vucevic made 16-of-22 from the field for 34 points with 18 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block against the Knicks during a 113-106 loss on Friday.

He will not be denied on the stat sheet. In his last five, Vucevic averaged 23.8 points, 12.2 boards, 1.4 assists and 0.8 blocks on 55.3 percent from the field and 100 percent from the line. He's not really blocking shots, but the efficiency is enough to consider him as an early-round fantasy asset.
Jan 23 - 11:50 PM

Tobias Harris came off the bench against the Knicks on Friday with nine points, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

He came off the bench on Wednesday, as well. Coach Jacque Vaughn liked to bring Harris off the bench last season, but he's unlikely to do it again, especially since they lost both games. Tobias will be a must-start player soon and it could come as soon as Sunday against the Pacers.
Jan 23 - 11:45 PM

Elfrid Payton suffered some knee soreness late in the fourth quarter of Friday's game against the Knicks and did not return.

"I’m good — a little sore," Payton said. "The doctor came in and checked me out. No severe pain. No real pain. He said I’m really good." He also tweeted he's "good" following the game, so it sounds like he's good. Payton had a nice game at Madison Square Garden with nine points, three rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and one block. He's not going to have a high ceiling in standard leagues, but he's looking like a nice property in points formats.
Jan 23 - 11:43 PM

Tobias Harris may come off Orlando's bench again on Friday, according to beat writer John Denton.

It's surprising that Harris wouldn't overtake struggling starter Devyn Marble, but he should still get a healthy dose of minutes and shot attempts even if he's stuck in the second unit. Keep him active and check back prior to tip-off for updates on Orlando's starting lineup.
Jan 23 - 11:43 AM

Magic F Tobias Harris has the Knicks "atop [his] free agency list," according to NY Post writer Marc Berman.

The report from a Knicks beat writer cites an unnamed "close friend of Harris," who reportedly said, "He wants to win a championship with the Knicks." Take that for what it's worth. Harris has a $3.4 million qualifying offer this summer and the Magic can match any offer to retain him in free agency, so even if he wants to join the Knicks it may not happen. He returned from a sprained ankle on Wednesday with a 19-point game off the bench, and it's unclear if he'll be back in the starting lineup on Friday.
Jan 23 - 9:06 AM

Devyn Marble missed his lone shot attempt vs. Detroit on Wednesday, finishing scoreless with three rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes of action.

He started again with Tobias Harris (ankle) returning in a bench role, but all signs point to Marble being benched on Friday. His muted production while starting indicates his lack of upside, and he should be dropped by any owners who picked him up for short-term production.
Jan 21 - 10:29 PM

Tobias Harris (ankle) returned from a five-game absence on Wednesday, coming off Orlando's bench to score 19 points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes.

Harris shot 7-of-15 from the field and moved without obvious discomfort, and he should displace Devyn Marble in the starting lineup for Friday's game in New York. Harris has been a top-50 value on a season-long basis and he's safe to activate in all formats, while his return should put a dent in the expanded offensive roles Marble and Channing Frye have enjoyed in his absence.
Jan 21 - 10:20 PM

Channing Frye made 3-of-4 shots with two 3-pointers on Wednesday, scoring eight points with one rebound and one steal in 23 minutes vs. the Pistons.

His production predictably tailed off with Tobias Harris back in action -- he averaged 10.2 shots per game while Harris was sidelined, considerably higher than his 7.1 season average. Kyle O'Quinn is also a lurking threat to Frye's value, and 12-team owners shouldn't hesitate to cut him for a player with more rest-of-season upside.
Jan 21 - 10:19 PM

Nikola Vucevic scored a team-high 26 points with 15 rebounds and one block on Wednesday, making 11-of-23 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs in a high-scoring road loss in Detroit.

Vucevic's heady numbers over the past week should taper slightly with Tobias Harris back in action, but he's still an elite fantasy center with season averages of 18.8 points, 11.0 boards, 2.2 dimes, 0.7 steals, 0.8 blocks and solid percentages from the field (53.0) and from the FT line (74.6). Vuc's big night is worth remembering for matchup purposes, as Detroit is giving up the fifth-most points (20.2) and seventh-most rebounds (14.5) to opposing centers this season.
Jan 21 - 10:19 PM

Moe Harkless will be on Orlando's inactive list for Wednesday's game.

Tobias Harris is expected to return from his ankle injury, bumping Harkless out of the rotation, so Jacque Vaughn pulled him from the active roster. Given his string of DNP-CDs this year, there's no reason to own Harkless in any league.
Jan 21 - 6:18 PM

Tobias Harris (ankle) is expected to play and may come off the bench against the Pistons on Wednesday.

He is on track to play, but coach Jacque Vaughn said it's still possible Harris sits. After playing through an ankle roll on Jan. 9, Harris has missed his last five games. He was playing 35 minutes per night, but he might be a touch under 30 minutes tonight. Basically all the Magic players take a hit on offense with Channing Frye possibly taking the biggest loss. Harris is still a solid player to start in standard leagues.
Jan 21 - 6:06 PM

Head coach Jacque Vaughn said that Aaron Gordon's minutes will not increase markedly for the time being.

Gordon just recently returned to action from a serious foot injury, so the Magic are going to play it safe with their prized rookie. He should see more playing time later in the season, but Gordon is still off the radar in standard leagues until further notice.
Jan 21 - 10:52 AM

Tobias Harris (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

Harris has missed the Magic's last five games due to his ankle sprain, so his owners will be eager to get him back into their lineups. Check back before tip-off for the official word, and expect Channing Frye and rookie Devyn Marble to benefit the most should Harris sit out.
Jan 21 - 10:45 AM


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