Cayleigh Griffin: #Magic injury report gets longer as Aaron Gordon is OUT (Left Hamstring; Injury Management) Aminu, Carter-Williams, Fultz, Isaac, and Okeke are also out. Fournier is questionable (Back; Low spasms)
Josh Robbins: Due to his left hamstring strain, Aaron Gordon has left the NBA bubble, a Magic official said. Gordon sustained the injury on August 5 and hasn’t played since.
Marc Stein: The Magic have ruled Aaron Gordon (hamstring) and Michael Carter-Williams (foot) out of today's Game 4 against Milwaukee
Roy Parry: Steve Clifford on Aaron Gordon's status: “They’re going to try to do more today. Again, it’ll be the same thing. He’ll work out today. He did a lot yesterday and he felt better, and then we’ll see how he feels when he gets up tomorrow morning.”
Roy Parry: Magic coach Steve Clifford on Aaron Gordon: "He’s doing a lot better. He just wouldn’t be able to get up and down the floor, frankly. He’s made good progress and he’ll do his work today and tomorrow and then we’re hoping maybe there’s a chance (he can play) by Monday."
JD Shaw: Magic forward Aaron Gordon was diagnosed with a strained left hamstring following his MRI, team says. He is doubtful to play on Friday against the Sixers.
Shams Charania: Tests on Magic forward Aaron Gordon showed no serious damage to his left hamstring and he will be re-evaluated in several days, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Josh Robbins: The Magic didn’t do much contact in practice today, but Aaron Gordon participated fully after missing last night’s game, Steve Clifford said. Gary Clark (knee irritation) did not participate in practice today.
Josh Robbins: In his postgame comments to reporters tonight in Milwaukee, Aaron Gordon said his left Achilles' tendon has been bothering him for "a while." This, perhaps, was the discomfort he was cryptic about following the Dec. 18 loss in Denver.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon will start tonight after he missed three consecutive games with an ankle injury, Magic officials said.
Josh Robbins: Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon will miss the remainder of tonight's game with right ankle sprains, team officials said.
Roy Parry: The Magic will play the rest of the game without Aaron Gordon. He is out with a jaw contusion, according to a team spokesman. Gordon had 5 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 8 minutes.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon (sore ribs) and Wes Iwundu (toe) did not practice today. Steve Clifford said the team will see how they feel tomorrow. The Magic will face the Wizards tomorrow night in Washington.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon went through his entire pregame shooting routine and will start tonight against the Hawks despite his back-first fall onto the court last night in Milwaukee.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon, who won't play today, answering a question about his back: “It’s still pretty sore. It’s still kind of moving slow. It’s starting to feel a little bit better, but I’ve just to be slow with this. I don’t want to go out there and re-do it and be out for longer.”
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon will not play tonight against the Bucks because of a sore lower back he hurt last night, Magic officials said.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon is doubtful to return to tonight's game because he has lower-back tightness, team officials said. The same issue caused him to miss much of the second half during the Magic's loss to the Warriors in Oakland. His absence in that game was critical.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon, bothered recently by a sprained left ankle, is available to play tonight against the Knicks, a team official said. Gordon was questionable for last night's game and wound up playing 29 minutes.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon (sprained left ankle) will try to warm up tonight and see if he can play, Steve Clifford said.
John Denton: As stated earlier, @Orlando Magic will start Jarell Martin at PF in place of the injured Aaron Gordon (left ankle sprain). Coach Steve Clifford plans to use Mo Bamba some at PF and he said the team will utilize small lineups some out of necessity.
John Denton: Already without F Jonathan Isaac (sprained R ankle), @Orlando Magic could be without F Aaron Gordon (sprained L ankle) tonight vs. @New York Knicks. Gordon suffered the injury in the 3rd Q of Friday’s defeat of WASH. AG gutted his way through that injury, playing 42 min & scoring 20 pts
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon, when asked about his sprained left ankle: "It feels like I don't have a lot of movement in it right now. It feels a little swollen. But I'm going to go back to the hotel, get a little bit more treatment on it and we'll see about tonight."
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic will not play tonight, Frank Vogel said. Team officials say Gordon has a sore calf and Vucevic has lower-back tightness. The team, obviously, has little incentive to play them with lottery odds at stake.
Michael Gallagher: Aaron Gordon is officially out. Broadcast said he didn't pass the last test on protocol.
John Denton: .@OrlandoMagic have appealed to the NBA to have Aaron Gordon cleared from the concussion protocol because he is symptom free. Could be cleared to play tonight vs. @celtics, but it’s not likely to come prior to tipoff.
Josh Robbins: Gordon is symptom-free, Magic officials said. The team also is consulting with the league's independent neurologist.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon has not passed the NBA concussion protocol. Therefore, he will not play tonight against the Celtics.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon remains in the NBA concussion protocol and will not play tonight against the Bucks.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon went through the contact-practice phase of the NBA concussion protocol today, Frank Vogel said. There's a chance Gordon will play tomorrow night against the Spurs.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have placed Aaron Gordon in the concussion protocol, a team official said. Gordon collided with Julius Randle during last night's game and experienced concussion symptoms after the game.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have listed Aaron Gordon as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Raptors because he has a sore left hip. Gordon was icing the hip after Monday night's loss in Oklahoma City.
Aaron Gordon and center Nikola Vucevic are progressing in their returns from injuries, but both of them will miss Saturday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Amway Center, Vogel said.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon (strained left hip flexor) will miss his second game in a row tonight, team officials said.
Jonathan Feigen: Magic forward Aaron Gordon is out vs. Rockets tonight with a strained left hip flexor, team announces.
Josh Robbins: Jonathan Isaac will not play tonight against the Pistons because Isaac reaggravated his right ankle in Miami, Frank Vogel said. Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon will be gametime decisions, Vogel said.
Wednesday brought additional positive news. Gordon practiced fully with his teammates for the first time since he strained his right calf and suffered a bone bruise on Dec. 15. If his leg feels fine Thursday morning, he could play when the Magic host the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have listed Evan Fournier (ankle), Aaron Gordon (calf) and Jonathan Isaac (ankle) as questionable for tomorrow night's game in Miami. Terrence Ross and Nikola Vucevic are out because of their injuries.
Josh Robbins: Here's the Magic's injury report for Friday's game against the Pelicans: QUESTIONABLE: Jonathan Isaac (sore right ankle). DOUBTFUL: Evan Fournier (ankle), Aaron Gordon (calf). OUT: Terrence Ross (knee).
Josh Robbins: An MRI has confirmed that Aaron Gordon strained his right calf, a Magic official said. Gordon will not play against the Pistons, but he will join the Magic on their two-game road trip.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon will receive an MRI on his strained right calf on Saturday, team officials said.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon will receive an MRI on his strained right calf on Saturday, team officials said.
Josh Robbins: Magic officials said Aaron Gordon has suffered a right calf strain and will not return to the game.
John Denton: When asked if @Orlando Magic F Aaron Gordon would be on a minutes restriction tonight in his first game back following a concussion, coach Frank Vogel joked: "Just 48 (minutes)." Seriously, he said there is no restrictions and AG should play his normal minutes (33.7 min per game).
Josh Robbins: The Magic have listed Arron Afflalo (back spasms), Aaron Gordon (concussion) and Jonathan Isaac (ankle) as questionable for Friday night's game against the Trail Blazers. Evan Fournier (ankle) and Terrence Ross (knee) are listed as out.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon will not play tonight against the Clippers. He hasn't had any setbacks, and he remains in the NBA concussion protocol.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon said he hopes to complete the NBA's concussion protocol before the Magic play next, on Wednesday. "I'm showing no symptoms," Gordon said. "I feel good. So I'll leave up to the doctors."
Josh Robbins: Nikola Vucevic endured two concussions early in his Magic tenure. After the game ended, he advised Aaron Gordon to take his concussion seriously and not return until Gordon is fully healed.
John Denton: More @Orlando Magic C NVucevic to AGordon: "When it comes to an ankle, a shoulder or knee, you can play through it. With a concussion, you don’t play through that. That’s not something you wanna mess w/ b/c that’s your brain. I told him to make sure he’s 100% before coming back."
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon (ankle) is unlikely to play tonight. Elfrid Payton (hamstring) also is out, as disclosed previously.
Safid Deen: Aaron Gordon expected to play for the #Magic tonight in Miami. C.J. Watson will get his 3rd straight start at PG, Frank Vogel said pregame.
Oliver Maroney: According to a source, the NBA is putting in calls to find potential replacement for Aaron Gordon if he cannot go.
High-flying forward Aaron Gordon missed his second straight game on Saturday because of a bone bruise in his right foot, but the Orlando Magic still believe the injury to be minor and Gordon’s return to be imminent.
Josh Robbins: Frank Vogel said the team hopes Aaron Gordon (right foot bone bruise) will be able to play Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks.
Aaron Gordon’s right-foot bone bruise will prevent him from playing tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers and could force him to withdraw from the All-Star dunk contest on Feb. 18 if the injury doesn’t heal as quickly as Gordon and team officials hope it will heal. Asked if he’s concerned that the bone bruise will keep him out of the dunk contest, Gordon answered, “Maybe. I’m not sure. It’s day-to-day. If I can get back and play one of these games before the All-Star break, I’ll probably go ahead and just do the dunk contest, too.”
September 18, 2021 | 9:28 pm EDT Update
The Houston Rockets have waived forward Tyler Bey. This waiver was necessary to create the roster spot for Houston to re-sign Dante Exum. The Rockets signed Bey to a fully non-guaranteed training camp contract in late-August.
September 18, 2021 | 5:41 pm EDT Update
You’re here for at least the next five years now that you’ve signed an extension. Do you allow yourself to think – or dream – about what might come over that time span since you’ve talked openly about wanting to win a title in New York? Have you allowed yourself to think about how things might progress? Julius Randle: Obviously, it’s a process. Everything is a process. We’ve been building this from the ground up. But for me, personally, that is the expectation (winning a title in New York). That’s what I want to happen within that time frame. There’s a lot of things, factors that go into that. So obviously you’ve got to weigh that stuff in.
Julius Randle: But as far as myself, I know Thibs (Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau) is thinking (it as well), it’s just win at all costs. For me personally, that’s just how I prepare myself. I prepare myself to compete at the highest level of our game. Like I said, there’s a lot of factors (that go into winning an NBA title). But I trust Leon (Knicks president Leon Rose), I trust Thibs, Wes (Knicks vice president William Wesley), our coaches, Scott (Knicks GM Scott Perry) – all these guys, I trust. That was part of my process in thinking of signing the extension and that’s my goal, that’s our goal as a team and the guys that are around us. We want to be able to say that we won a championship here in New York. I don’t think there’s any better feeling than that.
Did you guys see the video clip of Trae Young at the Garden with WWE? Do you care about that stuff? Julius Randle: Yeah I see it. But honestly, I don’t care. Obviously, that’s (for) entertainment purposes and all that (stuff), so I let people enjoy it. For me, honestly, I don’t care. I honestly didn’t even watch it. Knicks fans, they’re going to make a big deal out of it – they didn’t like it (laughs). But it’s all fun and games and hopefully they enjoyed it.
September 18, 2021 | 12:10 pm EDT Update
The Rockets have officially re-signed guard Dante Exum and waived Tyler Bey to create a roster space for him, according to the NBA’s transactions log. Hoops Rumors’ JD Shaw was the first to report the Bey transaction (Twitter link). With John Wall not expected to play for the team this season as it seeks to trade him, the Rockets were in the market for another point guard. The Rockets’ interest in Exum surfaced on Tuesday.
When the Timberwolves traded up to get Leandro Bolmaro last November in the 2020 NBA Draft (yes, it was less than a year ago… it still feels weird), the question was would it be a year or two before Bolmaro came over from Barcelona to play in the NBA. The answer is one. Minnesota reached a deal and Bolmaro will be with the Timberwolves in training camp, the team announced Saturday. This is not a surprise; he was expected to come over this season. He will be playing on a rookie scale contract.