Magic Rumors & News

  • Magic expect to be active players in free agency, could target Al Horford

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic’s free-agency ambitions should surprise no one. The franchise potentially opened $16.8 million in salary-cap space when it traded 23-year-old Tobias Harris a few months ago for a pair of role players on cap-friendly deals. The team opened $7.8 million more in space when it traded..." May 26

  • Adam Silver: Officials get it right ‘roughly 90 percent’ of the time

    ESPN "Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA doesn't have a choice on whether to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key crunch-time plays were officiated correctly "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our..." May 26

  • All NBA-Teams Announced; Will Anthony Davis Get His Extra $24 Mil

    Black Sports Online "The answer to the Anthony Davis question is no. He had to make at least All-NBA 3rd team to make his extra $24 million and he did not. While he isn’t hurting for cash, you can’t make up $24 million. Damian Lillard though….. Anything else surprise you about the teams? Here is a..." May 26

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Elfrid Payton Excited About Frank Vogel Hire, Magic’s Future

    Basketball Insiders "On Friday, the Orlando Magic announced that they officially hired head coach Frank Vogel to replace the recently resigned Scott Skiles. General manager Rob Hennigan looked at a number of candidates, but ultimately zeroed in on Vogel, who was widely regarded as one of the top available..." May 23

  • Frank Vogel will face challenges as Orlando Magic coach

    Orlando Sentinel "Overwhelming praise descended on the Orlando Magic when the team hired Frank Vogel as its new coach Friday. Almost a week after Scott Skiles resigned the position, the franchise signed a proven winner as Skiles' successor. The Magic took an awful situation and produced as satisfying an outcome as..." May 22

  • New Magic coach Frank Vogel says team 'ready to take next step'

    Orlando Sentinel "When Frank Vogel looks at his new Orlando Magic team, he’s instantly reminded of the team he took over on Jan. 30, 2011 - the Indiana Pacers. That helps explain why Vogel agreed to become the Magic’s next coach. “I believe in the young core that they’ve put together here,” Vogel told the..." May 21

  • Dwight Howard maintains he did not demand that Stan Van Gundy be fired in Orlando

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s been four years since one of the most hilariously awkward NBA exchanges of all time. It involved Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard, and Howard has told his side of that story for the first time. Recall that Van Gundy, then coach of the Orlando Magic, told the media that he knew Howard, his..." May 19

  • Magic To Hire Frank Vogel

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic have reached an agreement in principal with Frank Vogel that will make him their new head coach, Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reports (on Twitter). The length and terms of the proposed arrangement are not yet known. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported earlier today that..." May 19

  • Frank Vogel, Orlando Magic negotiating contract today

    Orlando Magic Daily "The Orlando Magic will take a very concrete step toward hiring Frank Vogel as their next head coach Thursday. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports Vogel met with the DeVos family earlier this week and the team will engage in contract negotiations Thursday. That would, of course, be the..." May 19

  • Orlando guard Evan Fournier: Raptors have ‘zero chance’ of winning game against Cleveland

    Larry Brown Sports "Very few NBA observers are giving the Toronto Raptors a chance against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. It turns out that even people within the game feel that way, too. Take, for example, Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier, who offered his opinion on how the series will..." May 18

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Report: Scott Skiles signs two-year non-compete agreement with Magic

    Orlando Sentinel "Scott Skiles might not ever coach again in the NBA after resigning in Orlando. Then again, he might. What's certain is that he won't be coaching in the league for awhile, perhaps for as long as the next two seasons under a non-compete agreement with the Magic. The Magic saddled former..." May 17

  • Report: Magic interview Adrian Griffin for head coaching vacancy

    The Score "The Orlando Magic have officially begun their head coaching search following Scott Skiles' sudden resignation earlier this month. Magic lead assistant Adrian Griffin interviewed for the vacant position on Tuesday, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Griffin has spent the last eight..." May 17

  • Nikola Vucevic on Scott Skiles leaving Magic: “I was surprised, like everyone else”

    Orlando Sentinel "Scott Skiles' resignation shocked most Orlando Magic players, including starting center Nikola Vucevic. "I was surprised, like everyone else," Vucevic told the Orlando Sentinel during a phone interview. "I don't think anybody expected it to happen, but it was his decision. You just have to..." May 15

  • Frank Vogel among candidates to replace Scott Skiles, Magic GM says

    Orlando Sentinel "he Orlando Magic intend to reach out to Frank Vogel during their search for a new head coach, Magic general manager Rob Hennigan told the Orlando Sentinel on Friday. Vogel, who compiled a 250-181 record during his tenure as the Indiana Pacers' coach, became available when the Pacers decided to..." May 14

  • Scott Skiles Resigns as Head Coach of Orlando Magic

    NBA.com "Scott Skiles has resigned as head coach of the Orlando Magic, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. The search for a new head coach will begin immediately. “After much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone, have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for..." May 12

  • Rudy Gobert tries to recruit Evan Fournier to Utah after Scott Skiles resigns

    Larry Brown Sports "Jazz center Rudy Gobert is apparently quite the opportunist. Fresh off the bombshell news Thursday that Scott Skiles abruptly resigned as head coach of the Orlando Magic, Gobert used the shocked reaction of Magic swingman (and fellow Frenchman) Evan Fournier as an opportunity to try and recruit..." May 12

  • Hornacek, Vogel headline Magic's coaching candidates

    The Score "The Orlando Magic have quickly opened their head coaching search following Scott Skiles' sudden resignation Thursday. Ex-Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek and former Indiana Pacers bench boss Frank Vogel are on the list of possible names to replace Skiles, CBSSports' Ken Berger..." May 12

  • Scott Skiles Asked Everyone Not To Speculate On His Resignation, But People Didn’t Listen

    Dime Magazine "After Scott Skiles dropped a bomb Thursday morning, announcing he would resign following just one season coaching the Orlando Magic, he added that “I realize this type of decision can cause much speculation. The reality though is in the first sentence. It is simple and true. Any other rumors are..." May 12

  • Elfrid Payton the center of Scott Skiles Resignation From Magic?

    The Sports Daily "As the dust continues to settle on Thursday’s shocking news of Scott Skiles ditching the Orlando Magic, one possible culprit has emerged—point guard Elfrid Payton. Payton, 22, was the 10th overall pick in 2014 and posted averages of 10.7 points and 6.4 assists last year, the scoring output an..." May 12

  • Scott Skiles resigns, says he's 'not the right coach' for Magic

    Fox Sports "Scott Skiles has resigned as the Orlando Magic’s head coach, the team announced Thursday. Skiles, 52, spent just one season with the Magic, posting a 35-47 record. He has coached four teams over 14 NBA seasons, and his last job – a four-plus season run with the Bucks – ended with an abrupt 2012..." May 12

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

  • Free agency remains the biggest mystery of the NBA in 2016

    Orlando Magic Daily "The offseason has already begun for the majority of the NBA. And it comes into even sharper focus with the NBA Draft Combine taking place this week. The first real step of the offseason will not be in full public view. The rumor mill will begin to churn again. The focus then turns quickly to..." May 11

  • Tim Donaghy: '100 percent' of NBA refs gamble

    Fox Sports "Whether you believe all his claims or not, few (if any) know the inner workings of the NBA and the role referees play in determining outcomes of games better than Tim Donaghy does. The disgraced former ref worked in the NBA for 13 seasons, until an FBI investigation revealed that he had bet on..." May 05

  • NBA to ban alcohol and gambling advertisements on jerseys

    Sportsnaut "The NBA will soon allow advertisements on jerseys but according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the companies eligible for advertisements will be limited. Rovell also added that the NBA can veto any other possible company. There are no big surprises here, but a few things do stand..." May 04

  • Why NBA Players Lie About Their Height

    Wall Street Journal "Kevin Durant is 6-foot-9. That’s his height by all official accounts—the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, his Wikipedia page—and that’s how Durant will be described throughout the basketball playoffs. As it turns out, though, there is one person who disagrees. His name is Kevin Durant. This..." May 03

  • Magic call-up Keith Appling arrested with loaded AK-47 in strip club

    Pro Basketball Talk "If you’re on the fringe of the NBA, trying to get teams to take a chance on you, this is the opposite of what you should do. Former Michigan State star Keith Appling, who last season was a D-League All-Star for the Erie Bay Hawks and got a couple of 10-day contracts with the Orlando Magic, has..." May 03

  • Jacque Vaughn Agrees To Become Nets' Top Assistant Coach

    Real GM Basketball "Jacque Vaughn is joining the Brooklyn Nets as the top assistant to new head coach Kenny Atkinson. Vaughn was head coach of the Orlando Magic from 2012 until 2015, posting a 43-121 record." April 30

  • Magic, Bucks, Blazers and Hornets the favorites for Dwight Howard

    The Sports Daily "Dwight Howard seems as good as gone from the Houston Rockets and the suitors lining up for his services this summer seem plentiful. According to ESPN.com’s Calvin Watkins, the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets stand alone as the favorite to land D12..." April 28

  • Craig Sager Helped Talk Dennis Rodman Out of Committing Suicide in 1993

    Complex "Dennis Rodman thought long and hard about taking his own life back in 1993, and in the past, he hasn’t shied away from talking about it. He wrote about his suicidal thoughts in his 1996 book, Bad As I Wanna Be, and during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2011, he spoke openly..." April 26

  • NBA Players Admit to Checking Their Cell Phones at Halftime

    Complex "It’s been more than seven years now since Charlie Villanueva made headlines—and pissed off then-Bucks head coach Scott Skiles—by sending out this tweet at halftime of a Milwaukee game And while most NBA players have refrained from tweeting during games since then, they apparently haven’t..." April 21

  • Magic GM says team will be 'aggressive' and 'disciplined' in free agency

    CBS Sports "The Orlando Magic's entire trade deadline plan was built around creating cap space. They made multiple moves to clear space during this summer's bonanza, including trading Tobias Harris without getting a significant starter or draft pick back in return. Their moves were clearly designed to..." April 21

  • Details on Who Pulled out of Gasol, Butler Trade Talks

    CSN Chicago "When a team like the Chicago Bulls was dependent on the woebegone Brooklyn Nets to throw them a life preserver in order to keep slim playoff hopes alive earlier this week, it isn’t merely a failure at one level at the expense of another. Not as simple as Tom Thibodeau’s departure and not as..." April 14

  • Tracy McGrady asks to borrow one of Robert Horry’s rings and is brutally denied

    USA Today "Robert Horry has enough championship rings for both hands. Tracy McGrady doesn’t have any. On The Jump, Rachel Nichols and McGrady asked Horry if he’d share — “Can I get one? Just one,” T-Mac says. Horry doesn’t give in that easily. He tells McGrady he has to earn them: “You did a lot of great..." April 13

  • Sources: NBA owners expected to pass rule allowing ads on jerseys

    ESPN "NBA owners are scheduled to vote this week on putting ads on jerseys for the 2017-18 season, multiple sources told ESPN. The measure is expected to pass, according to sources. Several teams have begun testing the market to sell the potentially lucrative ads, which would be placed in a..." April 12

  • Ilyasova leads Magic past Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- This was the kind of game that Ersan Ilyasova expected to have more often this season. Ilyasova hit 10 of 13 shots, scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots in leading the Orlando Magic to a 107-98 victory over one of his former teams, the Milwaukee..." April 11

  • Whiteside helps Heat top Magic

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- It's the Hassan Hour. The Miami Heat returned center Hassan Whiteside to the starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 20, and the move paid off in a 118-96 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. Whiteside played 29 consecutive games as a..." April 10

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    Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat

    Magic listing Mario Hezonja as their starting shooting guard Sunday vs. Heat, with Victor Oladipo (concussion) out.

  • Oladipo suffers concussion, requires stitches following elbow from Whiteside

    The Score "Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo's face was left a mangled mess after taking an elbow from Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside on Friday night. " April 09

  • Magic play spoiler vs. Heat

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- Home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs may be slipping away from the Miami Heat. With three regular-season games remaining, there is no more room for error. The Orlando Magic, long-ago out of the playoff chase, beat the Heat, 112-109 Friday night, dropping..." April 09

  • Pistons assured of winning season after defeating Magic

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- Reggie Jackson scored 24 points and the Detroit Pistons moved a step closer to their first playoff appearance in seven seasons by beating the Orlando Magic 108-104 on Wednesday night at the Amway Center. The Pistons (42-37) can clinch a postseason berth with one more win or..." April 06

  • Shaq says Dwight Howard going back to Orlando is a good idea

    ESPN "Newly elected Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal believes Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard should return to the Orlando Magic. Howard becomes a free agent this summer unless he opts in to another season with the Rockets. If he opts in, he would earn $23.2 million for the 2016-17 season. It..." April 05

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    Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt

    Shaquille O'Neal, Jerry Reinsdorf Sheryl Swoopes and Yao Ming join Iverson, Izzo in 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame class.

  • Vucevic leads Magic past Grizzlies

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic wants back in the starting lineup, but it's tough to argue with his new role as a reserve. This is as good as he has played. Vucevic, the starting center for the past five seasons, shined again in his third consecutive game as a..." April 03

  • Magic shift attention away from draft, toward free agency

    CBS Sports "Last summer, I wrote a column on the different ways that teams can rebuild, highlighting the Celtics, Magic and Sixers. There were upsides and downsides to all three different approaches, and it looked even last year like this would be a pivotal season for each team. The Sixers have hit the..." April 03

  • Anteotkounmpo's triple-double ignites Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- The legend 'point-Giannis' reached another level Friday night, when Giannis Anteotkounmpo set a Milwaukee Bucks franchise record with his fifth triple-double of the season, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Milwaukee's 113-110 victory over the Orlando Magic at..." April 01

  • Paul George says Aaron Gordon is the true NBA slam dunk champion

    Orlando Sentinel "Paul George knows a thing or two about the All-Star slam dunk contest, having participated in the event in 2012 and 2014. So his opinion counts. And George thinks Aaron Gordon should have been declared the winner of this year's dunk contest in Toronto over winner Zach LaVine even though..." April 01

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