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Jonathon Simmons (wrist) could see his minutes limited early on in the season.

Simmons had offseason wrist surgery and missed some time during the preseason for personal reasons, but will be ready to go on opening night. Coach Steve Clifford likes what he can do as a playmaker on offense and wants to play him at both guard spots. Simmons is still just a late-round flier, but could have a nice season.
Oct 14 - 2:16 PM

Terrence Ross (right foot contusion) is back to practice but could be on a minutes restriction in the Magic's season opener on Wednesday.

Ross has been dealing with a sore foot for the entire preseason, but did play in their finale on Friday. He might struggle to see time with a bunch of other wings on the roster and isn't worth a draft choice in most leagues.
Oct 14 - 2:09 PM

Mo Bamba (wrist) missed a bit of time in the preseason and had an MRI on his wrist, but is set to make his NBA debut on Wednesday.

Jonathon Simmons, Jonathan Isaac, and Terrence Ross all missed time during the preseason for various reasons, but are practicing and expected to available on Wednesday for the Magic's season opener. Bamba remains a great flier to take late in drafts due to his upside.
Oct 14 - 1:43 PM

Jerian Grant scored six points vs. the Spurs on Friday with three assists, two rebounds, one steal and a triple in 21 minutes.

Barring a late change, Grant will open the season as D.J. Augustin's backup, but he'll have to hold off Isaiah Briscoe as well. Through five preseason games he put up 8.6 points, 2.8 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 0.8 triples. Augustin is the point guard to own in Orlando right now.
Oct 12 - 10:25 PM

Terrence Ross (right foot contusion) returned to action for Friday's preseason finale, scoring four points on 2-of-6 shots in 16 minutes.

He was sidelined for over a week with the contusion and a sore toe, but barring a setback he will be ready for the opener. Ross added three rebounds, one assist and a steal, but he could really struggle to find playing time in a wing rotation that includes Jonathan Isaac, Jonathon Simmons and Evan Fournier.
Oct 12 - 10:19 PM

Mo Bamba (wrist) returned to action in Friday's preseason loss to Orlando, scoring 15 points with nine rebounds, one block and one triple in 23 minutes.

Even with a logjam in the frontcourt, the Magic are committed to finding as many minutes as possible for Bamba -- they even used him alongside Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. He's got excellent upside in blocks, rebounds and triples and looks like a solid late-round target that should become more valuable as the season progresses.
Oct 12 - 10:12 PM

Mo Bamba (wrist), Jonathon Simmons (personal), Terrence Ross (foot) and Timofey Mozgov will be available or Friday night.

They are going to have a minutes restriction as the Magic roll out their expected opening-night lineup of D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. Bamba's wrist injury is not considered serious and this doesn't sound like it'll affect him heading into the regular season. He's a strong target at the back end of your draft.
Oct 12 - 5:26 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said Mo Bamba (wrist bruise), Terrence Ross (foot bruise) and Jonathon Simmons (family matter) all practiced Friday morning, but he’s not sure if they will play Friday night vs. the Spurs.

Bamba had an MRI on his wrist earlier in the week and the results were negative. It seems it simply a minor bruise. Even if he doesn't play in the preseason finale on Friday, he should be ready to rock for the regular season opener next week.
Oct 12 - 11:38 AM

Jonathan Isaac (ankle) was terrific during Wednesday's win vs. Memphis, posting 15 points (4-of-5 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) with eight rebounds, two steals, one block and a pair of 3-pointers.

Isaac had an awkward fall in the second quarter when JaMychal Green took out his legs, but fortunately he didn't miss a beat. He had four fouls in his first seven minutes on the court, but that's the only negative here -- he looks much more confident offensively, and his defensive upside is massive with per-36 averages of 2.2 steals and 2.0 blocks. Despite a history of ankle issues and concerns about his percentages, he's a breakthrough candidate in the middle rounds.
Oct 10 - 10:03 PM

D.J. Augustin scored seven points with six dimes and three rebounds on Wednesday, adding a pair of 3-pointers in 22 minutes of action.

D.J. is a career 86.3% shooter from the line but he's a combined 7-of-13 this preseason -- that's why it's called the preseason. Orlando's sheer lack of depth at point guard gives Augustin a clear path to playing time, and the starting gig is his to lose, but there's not much fantasy upside here. He's best viewed as a safe late-round option if you're in need of guard-specific stats.
Oct 10 - 10:01 PM

Evan Fournier had another lackluster game on Wednesday with eight points on 3-of-10 shooting, four assists, one rebound and one block in 24 minutes.

Jonathon Simmons (personal) and Terrence Ross (bruised foot) were both absent for this exhibition, but Fournier still couldn't find his footing. He's playing much more SG this season and some hiccups are understandable, but having nearly twice as many shot attempts (37) as points (20) in the preseason? Not good. Despite the poor start, he's still worth a look in the later rounds.
Oct 10 - 10:00 PM

Mo Bamba (right wrist) had an MRI on his wrist and the results were negative.

It was just a precaution and Bamba didn't sound concerned. "I wasn’t really worried. Every time I go into something like that I’m like, `There’s nothing wrong with me,’" Bamba said. This hopefully won't affect his status for the opener and he should be looking at around 20 minutes to start his career. He's worth a pick in drafts for his late-season potential.
Oct 10 - 6:25 PM

D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic will start against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

He was finally a full participant in practice on Tuesday, but the Magic were taking it easy on him before that. Given his ankle injury history, expect the Magic to have some limits on him today. We'll let you know how he fares this evening.
Oct 10 - 5:24 PM

Jonathon Simmons (personal) is out for Wednesday.

Hopefully everything is OK with Simmons and his family. It took him a long time to get over his wrist injury, and the Magic did have some restrictions on him during preseason action. With him out, there could be more minutes for Jerian Grant and Wes Iwundu tonight.
Oct 10 - 5:20 PM

Mo Bamba (right wrist) will not play Wednesday.

It's called a contusion and there's no word on how serious this injury is. Bamba has been terrific so far this preseason and he's already been able to get on the court next to Nikola Vucevic. He may not need much playing time to have fantasy value, so he's a solid pick in the later rounds.
Oct 10 - 5:18 PM


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