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Jul 15 2016

Shabazz Napier

Update: N/A

Analysis: After acquiring Napier on July 5, the Trail Blazers wanted him to pick up plenty of run in the summer league so that he could distinguish himself as the team's top reserve point guard, but that never came to fruition. After sitting out the Blazers' summer league opener, Napier made his debut Sunday against the Spurs, but exited early after suffering a scalp laceration. He was deemed good to go in advance of Tuesday's contest, but was only on the court for 15 minutes before suffering a more serious injury. Napier is expected to be ready to go for training camp, where he may need to make more of a splash than originally thought if he hopes to maintain a roster spot.

Injury: YES

Injury Status: Day-to-Day

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Jul 14 2016

Nikola Vucevic

Update: N/A

Analysis: During his tenure with the Pacers, new Magic coach Frank Vogel prioritized defensive prowess first and foremost with his starting centers, and while Vucevic is a more skilled low-post threat than the likes of Roy Hibbert and Ian Mahinmi, his shortcomings on the other side of the court could make him an ill fit on a retooled Orlando roster. The team's decision to sign Bismack Biyombo, a relentless rebounder and rim-protecting center, to a four-year, $72 million contract this offseason would seem to suggest that even if he continues to start for the Magic, Vucevic will almost certainly see a decline in the 31.3 minutes per game he averaged a season ago. As one of the top-scoring centers in the league both of the past two seasons, Vucevic would still have plenty of appeal around the league, so it's conceivable the Magic could explore trading him in order to calibrate the roster according to Vogel's preferences.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jul 14 2016

Aaron Gordon

Update: N/A

Analysis: The Magic gave up a small fortune to acquire Serge Ibaka on draft day, so it's no surprise that he'll be at the top of the depth chart at power forward, which had been almost exclusively Gordon's domain following last season's move at the trade deadline that sent Tobias Harris to the Pistons. Though the more well-rounded Ibaka amounts to an upgrade at power forward, it doesn't appear that Gordon, one of the NBA's top physical specimens, is going to see his role marginalized as he enters his third season. In fact, Vogel stated that in addition to starting at small forward, Gordon would still see plenty of minutes at power forward when Ibaka is off the floor or used as a small-ball center. With the Magic also bringing in high-volume rebounder Bismack Biyombo this offseason, it's clear that the team is prioritizing defensive improvement, and on paper, the physically gifted, long-limbed trio of Gordon, Ibaka and Biyombo figure to terrorize opposing wings and big men. Gordon will need to show increased reliability on the offensive end -- particularly from three-point range, where he shot just 29.6 percent last season -- for his fantasy value to truly take off, but his ability to lock down both perimeter and frontcourt players defensively should at least guarantee him plenty of court time in 2016-17.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jul 10 2016

Shabazz Napier

Update: N/A

Analysis: Napier took a knee to the back of his head and had to leave the game. He is questionable to return, and could have a possible concussion. It's not clear how serious his injury is, however there will likely be further updates if it's serious enough to cause him to miss more games.

Injury: YES

Injury Status: Day-to-Day

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Jul 10 2016

Shabazz Napier

Update: N/A

Analysis: Napier missed the Blazers' team opener on Saturday but will be on the court come Sunday night. The 24-year-old was traded from the Magic to the Trail Blazers earlier in the week in exchange for cash considerations. Heading into his third season, Napier should be a likely candidate to see major minutes over the course of Summer League, as he has a chance to be the main backup at point guard behind All-Star Damian Lillard.

Injury: YES

Injury Status: Day-to-Day

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Jun 28 2016

Ersan Ilyasova

Update: N/A

Analysis: Though Victor Oladipo and No. 11 overall draft pick Domantas Sabonis were the main prizes in last Thursday's four-player trade that sent Serge Ibaka to the Magic, Ilyasova isn't being viewed as a mere throw-in to the deal. It appears the Thunder believe that Ilyasova's ability to stretch the floor and contribute on the boards will make him a viable rotation option, especially if Sabonis is unable to crack the rotation as a rookie. With Ibaka out of town, Ilyasova currently tops the depth chart at power forward, but the Thunder could very well sign a free agent this offseason who would bump Ilyasova to a reserve gig.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jun 23 2016

Ersan Ilyasova

Update: N/A

Analysis: The Magic gave up a lot of youth and upside in the form of Oladipo and Sabonis in order to acquire Ibaka, but ridding themselves of Ilyasova's $8.4 million cap hit for the 2016-17 season likely made the organization feel better about the deal. Ilyasova has now been with four organizations in just over a year, but still possesses some usefulness as a power forward who can stretch the floor while providing good energy on the glass. It's unclear if the Thunder view Ilyasova as a viable starting option entering the upcoming season, however, after he struggled for much of the 2015-16 campaign with the Pistons and Magic, averaging 10.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game while shooting 42.4 percent from the floor and 37.1 percent from three-point range.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jun 23 2016

Victor Oladipo

Update: N/A

Analysis: Oladipo is the headliner of the Thunder's three-player haul, as the former No. 2 overall pick provides the team with a scoring combo guard who is capable on the defensive end. Russell Westbrook's presence at the point guard spots ensures that Oladipo will spend most of his time off the ball, but he could immediately become the Thunder's secondary scoring option if unrestricted free agent Kevin Durant heads elsewhere this offseason. At the very least, Oladipo's acquisition appears to signal that the Thunder aren't looking to retain restricted free agent Dion Waiters, leaving an opening for Oladipo to step in as the team's sixth man or starting shooting guard. Oladipo averaged 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.6 steals in 33.0 minutes per game with the Magic last season.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Apr 14 2016

Brandon Jennings

Update: N/A

Analysis: Jennings concluded the season with a string of four straight DNP-CDs, which did not appear to be injury-related. It's unclear if something was going on behind the scenes, but coach Scott Skiles chose to go with Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson as his two point guards down the stretch. The 26-year-old Jennings, who came to Orlando in a deadline deal with Detroit, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Apr 14 2016

Evan Fournier

Update: N/A

Analysis: Fournier ended 2015-16 scoring in double figures during the last 15 games, with five of the last eight being 21-point minimums. April wound up being Fournier's best month of the season, as he averaged 19.9 points (48.5 FG, 34.2 3Pt, 90.9 FT), 3.7 assists to 2.7 turnovers, 3.4 rebounds, and one steal in 36 minutes. As a result, it's safe to say that the soon-to-be restricted free agent has likely earned himself a healthy contract this summer.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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