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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: Evan Fournier underwent an MRI, and that exam revealed the UCL sprain in his right (shooting) elbow. Fournier's elbow is swollen from the injury. "As a layman, I would say it could be a little bit [before he plays again]," coach Steve Clifford said.
Josh Robbins: An MRI has determined Evan Fournier has a sprained left MCL and will not play Friday night in Sacramento, a Magic official said.
FOX Sports Magic: Left knee sprain for Evan Fournier, he will NOT return. Evan already missed 8 games this year due to a sprained ankle.
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: Jonathan Isaac's ankle responded well to practice yesterday, but the Magic are going to hold him out tonight as a precaution. ... Also, Arron Afflalo won't play tonight because of back spasms. Mario Hezonja will start on the wing in Afflalo's place with Evan Fournier also out.
An MRI has confirmed that Orlando Magic swingman Evan Fournier sprained his right ankle, team officials said. Although no one has disclosed the severity of the sprain, it seems likely the Magic will be without their second-leading scorer for the foreseeable future, jeopardizing the Magic’s hopes of piling up wins over their relatively soft schedule the remainder of this month.
Fournier did not play when the Magic hosted the Denver Nuggets on Friday and will not make the trip to Atlanta for Saturday night’s matchup against the Atlanta Hawks. “It shouldn’t be too long, honestly,” Fournier said before tipoff Friday. “I don’t know what it’s going to be like. It’s going to be day-to-day, obviously. I’m pretty positive.”
John Denton: MRI confirms that @Orlando Magic F Evan Fournier has a sprained right ankle. He is OUT tonight vs. @Denver Nuggets and won’t travel to Atlanta for Saturday’s rematch against the @Jaryd Wilson. His return will depend on how his ankle responds to treatment.
Josh Robbins: Evan Fournier hasn't had yet had an MRI on his injured right ankle, I'm told. But in its initial injury report, the team has listed him as out for tomorrow night's game against the Denver Nuggets at Amway Center, as expected.
Josh Robbins: Evan Fournier put the Magic ahead on a driving floater with 4:46 to go in overtime, but Fournier rolled his right ankle badly when he landed on Nikola Vucevic's heel. Fournier is going to the locker room now.
Josh Robbins: Payton, Gordon & Biyombo will get the night off tonight. Fournier (ankle) and Ross (hamstring) won't play but their injuries aren't serious.
Evan Fournier will play when the Magic host the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night at Amway Center, Fournier and Vogel said. The French swingman sat out the Magic’s 115-107 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night. Team officials said Fournier had a sore right wrist.
Evan Fournier will play when the Magic host the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night at Amway Center, Fournier and Vogel said. The French swingman sat out the Magic’s 115-107 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night. Team officials said Fournier had a sore right wrist.
However, Fournier felt lingering soreness in his foot on Saturday night and Sunday morning, causing him to be scratched from the game against the Raptors. Fournier, who missed five games at the end of December and the beginning of January before returning for five mostly hobbled games, is walking the fine line of wanting to be back as soon as possible and not wanting to return too soon as to re-aggravate the injury. ``I definitely don’t want to do the same thing that I did two or three weeks ago and if I’m going to come back, I want to come for good and not just for a week or two,’’ said Fournier, whose foot was wrapped in ice following Saturday’s two-hour practice. ``To be honest, it’s not that complicated because I just have to listen to my body. If I’m sore I’ll tell the training staff and we’ll go from there. It’s all about listening to my body.’’
Evan Fournier, Orlando’s leading scorer, practiced with his teammates Saturday for the first time since he aggravated a stubborn right-heel injury. “I was probably as fast as my grandma today,” Fournier joked after the workout at the Air Canada Centre. “I’m getting better, man, heading to the right direction. Obviously, [I had] a lack of rhythm today in practice, but that’s normal.”
Magic coach Frank Vogel said there is a temptation to get Fournier back on the floor as soon as possible, but the team also wants him to fully recover from his injury this time around. Vogel started veteran C.J. Watson a second consecutive game in place of the injured Fournier on Sunday. ``It’s a fine line and (Fournier’s desire to return) probably does work against him,’’ Vogel said. ``We want this to be put behind him. We don’t want him to play a couple and then have to sit another two weeks, play a couple and have to sit. Hopefully when we get him back this time it’s behind him.’’
The Orlando Magic will be without their leading scorer, Evan Fournier, for the foreseeable future. Fournier aggravated the same right-heel bruise that forced him to miss five consecutive games from Dec. 23-Jan. 2, and he did not play when the Magic faced the Utah Jazz on Saturday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Although there is no timetable for Fournier’s return, it seems highly unlikely that he will play in either of the remaining games on the Magic’s road trip, which ends on Wednesday. “I was compensating a lot, so now it’s more than just the heel,” Fournier said. “It’s just the bottom of the foot, period. It’s frustrating, man. I could probably keep playing like this, but it’s not getting any better and I’m playing [at] like 60 percent [of my ability].”
Brian Schmitz: Coach Scott Skiles says Evan Fournier is out vs. Dallas tonight
Josh Robbins: Evan Fournier (wrist) has been deactivated for tonight, and Mario Hezonja will receive his first NBA start.
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NBA players want equity in teams

Speaking at a SporticoLive event on Tuesday, Roberts said that while players share in the passion for the game, and in the responsibility of growing the NBA’s multi-billion-dollar enterprise, “what we don’t share is having an equity stake in the teams.” “We’ve got a collective bargaining agreement that says we can’t [own stakes], and hopefully down the road we’ll make some changes,” she said. “The players will be the last to suggest that we want to see the game’s value, or teams’ values, in any way diminish, but it sure would be nice to be able to go to the party.”
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The league is also making changes to make it easier to attract minority investors. Last year it greenlit Dyal Homecourt to raise money for a fund that could invest in multiple teams. Now it’s discussing an expansion of that program, where other institutional investors could gain the same right. “If [private equity investment] happens,” Roberts said, “I will have players complain bitterly that, ‘Wow, we helped create this wealth, we helped create this value, and some private equity guy can come in and I can’t?’”
One suggestion: Instead of giving equity to players themselves, give it to the union. That wouldn’t necessarily result in checks to individual athletes, but it would give the NBPA more resources to support players and their communities. Another suggestion: a structure similar to employee stock options, which are common in other some businesses. “There’s a way, in other words, for players to enjoy equity in these teams that may be non-traditional,” Roberts said. “It may be a little different from the way we do it on the private side, but I still think there’s an opportunity for us to talk about, think about and ultimately resolve what I believe to be an inequity in the system.”
“That means a lot, Reg,” Curry said. “I appreciate it. Like you said, I know I have a lot more in the tank. But try to live out all those — that competitive juice, the work that goes in, the appreciation of every game I get to play and to shoot the ball at this level, obviously doing a lot of other things, but to follow in your footsteps in that regard, it means a lot, so I appreciate the support. You and Ray have been — if I’m chasing any record, to have two guys that have reached back and encouraged me the way that y’all have means a lot so I’ll pass that torch on as well, but I appreciate you man. And thanks for all the support. It means a lot.”
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