SAN ANTONIO — Jacque Vaughn's top priority this month was for his Orlando Magic players to finish the preseason healthy.
The team might not reach that goal.
After combo forward Tobias Harris aggravated an already sore left ankle Sunday, Harris didn't make the road trip to Texas as his teammates faced the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night at AT&T Center.
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"I talked to him yesterday, and he was feeling OK," Vaughn said before tipoff. "He went to the doctor, so now he'll just go through rehab a little bit. He had a little swelling, but we'll get that out of there and hopefully he'll be OK soon."
NBA general managers are optimistic about Magic rookie guard Victor Oladipo.
In NBA.com's annual GM Survey, 80 percent of general managers predicted that Oladipo will win the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year award.
The GMs also were asked to name the rookie they think will be the best player five years from now. Oladipo received 40 percent of the vote, followed by Charlotte Bobcats big man Cody Zeller, who received about 13 percent of the vote.
All 30 general managers participated in the survey, which was released Tuesday. The GMs weren't allowed to vote for their own players, coaches or team.
The Magic made a few appearances in other areas of the survey.
When asked to name the player who is most likely to have a breakout season, at least one GM named Harris.
At least one GM named Magic center Nik Vucevic as the international player most likely to have a breakout season.
Also, assistant coach Wes Unseld Jr. received at least one vote as the best assistant coach in the NBA.
Ready to play
Swingman Arron Afflalo has reached the point where he's ready for the preseason to end.
Youngsters have received the bulk of the playing time this month.
"For me, personally, it's probably my first preseason of veteran's status, where I'm kind of getting limited minutes, so I'm ready to go," Afflalo said.
"I'm extremely motivated. I've had a quarter here or a quarter there within this preseason to kind of turn it up for a hot second. But I'm ready to see what I can do for a full game."
In the last 16 months, three Spurs assistant coaches have been hired away from San Antonio for head-coaching jobs. The Magic hired Vaughn before the 2012-13 season. This past summer. the Atlanta Hawks tapped Mike Budenholzer, while the Philadelphia 76ers brought aboard Brett Brown.
"It's been tough in a lot of ways," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I miss all of those guys. When you've been with them for a while, it's the way it is. There are a lot of talented people out there. Luckily, we have a veteran team. I think that helps us. A lot of the corporate knowledge is instilled in the players, so it's not like starting from scratch with new coaches."
Gift of Swimming
Jameer Nelson today will give $25,000 to The Gift of Swimming, an organization that teaches children how to swim in order to prevent drownings.
As the winner of the Magic's 2012-13 Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award, Nelson was given $50,000 to donate to charity. Nelson already has given $25,000 to Runway to Hope.
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