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  • Aaron Gordon
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Aaron Gordon struggled with his shot (3-for-12 shooting) to finish with seven points and five rebounds as the Magic fell 108-97 on Thursday.

    We've seen this a bit too often from Gordon over the last couple seasons, especially as Jonathan Isaac has developed his game. It's hard to count on both him and Isaac (eight points in this game) on a nightly basis, so it'll be frustrating to own either of those guys from day to day.

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mo Bamba made the most of his 17 minutes of action, scoring 14 points, adding three triples and blocking a shot.

    Bamba was efficient offensively in this game and showed some flashes of the potential we've been sitting on. Unfortunately for him, Nikola Vucevic is entrenched as a star for this team and until the path to minutes becomes clearer, it won't be a big fantasy profile.

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Both Nikola Vučević (ankle) and Terrence Ross (ankle) will play Thursday against the Heat with no minute restrictions.

    This is a preseason game so don't expect the starters to play their typical amount of minutes. It would be safe to assume that they will play somewhere around 25 minutes in this preseason finale. Ross will be worth drafting while Vuč will be trying to sustain the first-round value that we saw from him last season.

    Source: Magic PR on Twitter

  • Evan Fournier
    SF, Orlando Magic

    Evan Fournier (back spasms) will play Thursday vs. Heat along with teammate Wes Iwundu (general soreness).

    The Magic appear to be at full strength ahead of the regular season. Fournier is someone to look at towards the end of drafts in the hopes that he will have a bounce-back season. Iwundu will likely not produce fantasy value outside of very deep leagues as he is a deep rotation piece.

    Source: Magic PR on Twitter

  • Evan Fournier
    SF, Orlando Magic

    Coach Steve Clifford hasn't decided whether Evan Fournier (back spams) will play in the preseason finale Thursday night.

    He adds that even if Fournier plays, he'll be on limited minutes. Back spasms are always a concern because they tend to linger, but it looks like the Magic are just exercising caution with their starting shooting guard. Fournier is a low-ceiling option who should provide serviceable scoring, threes, and assists numbers in the back end of drafts.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Coach Steve Clifford says Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross are expected to play in the preseason finale against the Heat on Thursday.

    The two were dealing with mild ankle sprains, but should be good to go for tonight's final preseason game. Continue to draft Vucevic and Ross as you normally would.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Terrence Ross
    SG, Orlando Magic

    Terrence Ross, who was dealing with an ankle sprain, practiced on Wednesday.

    Ross could play in Thursday's preseason game as well. He was a solid reserve last season, scoring 15.1 points to go with 3.1 rebounds.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Nikola Vucevic, who had a left ankle sprain, practiced on Wednesday and could play Thursday against the Heat.

    This is positive news for Vucevic owners. He should be one of the first few centers selected in fantasy drafts.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Evan Fournier
    SF, Orlando Magic

    Evan Fournier (back spasms) participated in a portion of Tuesday's scrimmage.

    Fournier looks to be over his back issues and should be good to go for opening day next week. Fournier is a late-round target for assists and threes.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Markelle Fultz put up 12 points and five assists on 5-of-11 shooting in a 126-94 loss to the Sixers on Sunday.

    He added two steals to the stat sheet and made two of his three attempts from the stripe. He fouled out in 21 minutes and had a team-worst plus/minus of minus-18. Michael Carter-Williams put up nine points on 4-of-11 shooting, so Fultz outplayed him in this one. Fultz and Carter-Williams could be in competition for a spot in the rotation.

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mo Bamba played well in a start against the Sixers on Sunday as he had 12 points and three rebounds on 4-of-6 shooting in 19 minutes of action.

    He shot 2-of-3 from 3-point range and added two blocks to the box score, so he flashed his ability to be a 3-and-D center. He should have the backup job behind Nikola Vucevic, but he does not warrant a draft pick in fantasy as he will not have enough playing time. He can be a blocks specialist in deeper leagues.

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac scored an inefficient nine points in a loss to the Sixers on Sunday in 24 minutes of action.

    He shot 4-of-12 from the field and 0-of-4 from beyond to the arc to go along with six boards. He was able to flash his defensive skills as he added one steal and two blocks to the box score. He has top-50 potential in 9-cat leagues and can be taken in the later-middle rounds.

  • Terrence Ross
    SG, Orlando Magic

    Terrence Ross (right ankle sprain) will miss Sunday's preseason game versus the Sixers.

    He will join Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier on the bench as the three look to get healthy by the regular season. Ross is expecting to have a big role off of the bench this season and could provide valuable scoring and three-point attempts in deeper leagues.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Nikole Vucevic (left ankle sprain) will not play in Sunday's preseason game versus the Sixers.

    This will be the second straight game Vucevic will miss due to the ankle sprain, but it is still not believed to be serious. Look for Mo Bamba and Khem Birch to step up in his absence.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Tiwtter

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    It is unclear if Nikola Vucevic (left ankle sprain) will suit up for Sunday's game against the Sixers according to head coach Steve Clifford.

    Vucevic participated fully in Friday's practice but it was non-contact. The takeaway here is that even if he misses Sunday's game, he shouldn't be out much longer so this shouldn't affect his draft stock. Appearing in 80 games, he finished 5th overall in standard leagues last year and 11th in per-game value while his role isn't expected to change this season.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter