Magic Rumors & News

  • Nikola Vucevic Starting to Get Strength Back in Broken Hand

    NBA.com "Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic’s favorite NFL team is the Philadelphia Eagles, but his favorite non-NBA athlete is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. It just so happens that Vucevic and Brady were both in the New England area on Sunday and dealing with hand injuries, and the Magic..." January 22

  • Magic’s Arron Afflalo suspended 2 games for hitting Nemanja Bjelica

    Clutch Points "The NBA has suspended Orlando Magic forward Arron Afflalo for two games without pay for striking Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica in the face during a Tuesday night matchup, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical." January 18

  • Is fighting becoming an issue in the NBA?

    NBC Sports Boston "Three Houston Rockets players entered the Los Angeles Clippers’ training room before being stopped by security but not before a profanity-laced exchange that’s sure to result in fines and possibly some suspensions. Orlando’s Arron Afflalo threw a punch – and barely missed – hitting Minnesota’s..." January 18

  • Should the Portland Trail Blazers trade for Evan Fournier?

    Oregonian "The Orlando Magic are looking like sellers in the trade market as the NBA deadline approaches, likely making a major roster overhaul to dump salary save for their building blocks of the future in Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac. The Portland Trail Blazers, once again hanging around the middle..." January 18

  • Evan Fournier says he ignores trade rumors and has not asked for trade

    Orlando Sentinel "Orlando Magic swingman Evan Fournier has played in the NBA long enough to know his name will pop up in rumors until the league’s trade deadline expires on Feb. 8. So Fournier has a policy this time of year: He attempts to ignore trade rumors. “I’m not going to think about what’s going to..." January 17

  • Magic guard Arron Afflalo throws punch at Timberwolves forward, both get ejected

    New York Daily News "A Tuesday night basketball game between the Magic and Timberwolves quickly turned into fight night. Magic guard Arron Afflalo and Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica got into a fight in the second quarter and were ejected from Tuesday's game. The two players shoved one another, before..." January 17

  • Jonathan Isaac in sermon: I invited my Magic teammates to hear me preach, but none came

    Pro Basketball Talk "Jonathan Isaac hasn’t played in a few weeks due an ankle injury. But the Magic rookie hasn’t stayed out of the spotlight. He delivered a sermon Sunday at his church, which put the speech online. In the talk, he mentioned his teammates. Isaac: I invited my teammates. Right? I invited my..." January 17

  • Nikola Mirotic, 15 Others Become Trade-Eligible

    Hoops Rumors "Today is January 15, which means that trade restrictions have lifted for most of the rest of the NBA’s 2017 offseason signees. While the majority of those ’17 free agents became trade-eligible on December 15, there was a small subset of free agent signees whose trade ineligibility lasted for..." January 15

  • Magic expected to shop Evan Fournier, Elfrid Payton, Mario Hezonja

    Clutch Points "Orlando Magic fans had a lot to cheer for earlier in the season. Their team started with an 8-4 record and was one of the top dogs in the East. Fast forward to today and the lackluster Magic are 12-31. It’s hard to be a Magic fan these days. It would be way easier to accept the team’s..." January 15

  • Gortat doesn't want trade from Wizards, despite desire to play for Magic

    NBC Sports "Following a story in the Orlando Sentinel with quotes from Wizards center Marcin Gortat saying he wanted to play in Orlando again, Gortat made a point to clear the air following his team's victory over the Magic on Friday night. Gortat told the Sentinel he plans to retire from the NBA following..." January 13

  • Who Are The NBA’s Best And Worst Scorers In The Clutch This Season?

    Dime Magazine "Being “clutch” comes to define a superstar, for better or worse, and it can be hard to shake perception from reality once a reputation is built. Take for example LeBron James, who has become one of the NBA’s best players in crunch time over the past seven or eight seasons but still gets criticized..." January 11

  • Adam Silver on not televising All-Star draft: ‘The goal was to improve the All-Star game’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Early indications the NBA wouldn’t televise the new All-Star draft were met with swift opposition from fans and media. Yet, the league isn’t budging. NBA commissioner Adam Silver, via NBA TV: Should there be a public selection? Now, I get it. Yes, it would be more fun if we had that kind..." January 11

  • Magic take Aaron Gordon out of starting lineup for violation of team rules

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic held Aaron Gordon out of their starting lineup Tuesday night against the Dallas Mavericks because of what team officials labeled “a violation of team rules.” A source said Gordon arrived late for the Magic’s flight to Dallas following practice Monday. Coach Frank Vogel..." January 10

  • Teams targeting Magic’s Evan Fournier over potential trade

    Clutch Points "The nightmare 2017-18 NBA season continues for the Orlando Magic. As a result, it seems they could be looking to shake things up with trade rumors running rampant throughout the league. Although the Magic have been nothing short of a disaster, small forward Evan Fournier is in the midst of the..." January 09

  • Report: Pistons Pursued Trade For Evan Fournier

    SLAM Online "The Detroit Pistons have reportedly pursued a trade for Magic wing Evan Fournier. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, a deal would likely have to include Reggie Jackson, who’s currently out with a grade 3 ankle sprain. Fournier, 25, is set to earn roughly $17 million per year through the..." January 08

  • Aaron Gordon’s next task: adjusting to defenses keying on him

    Orlando Sentinel "A recent decision by Frank Vogel illustrates the growth in Aaron Gordon’s game and Vogel’s growing confidence in Gordon to produce under pressure. On Saturday, as the Orlando Magic trailed the Miami Heat by three points with 23.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Vogel constructed a play..." January 02

  • LaVar Ball is the founder of the NBA, according to Google

    CBS Sports "LaVar Ball just keeps on padding his resume. To ring in the New Year, a Google glitch has everyone turning their heads to answer a common question: Who founded the NBA? For the time being, if users google to find out who the NBA's founder is, it turns up none other than Mr. Ball. Ball, who was..." January 02

  • Magic's Isaac out indefinitely after re-aggravating ankle injury

    CBS Sports "Isaac (ankle) will be held out indefinitely, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Isaac sprained his ankle back on Nov. 11, limiting him to just three games since then. He ended up re-aggravating the ankle in one of the games. He attempted to play once more, but it was determined the..." December 30

  • Magic's Vucevic out indefinitely with hand fracture

    Number Fire "Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (hand) broke the first metacarpal in his left hand on Saturday and he will be out indefinitely. What It Means: Things are crumbling in Orlando with injuries, and Vucevic is just added to the list with a broken hand. Bismack Biyombo now becomes a must-own..." December 23

  • Tim Duncan to the Magic didn't happen and Doc Rivers might have been a reason why

    CBS Sports "Tim Duncan retired a Spurs legend. He had his jersey retired and is beloved by fans everywhere. He's one of the now-rare cases of a great player that spent his entire career with one team. However, while a player as great as Duncan was always destined for greatness, there was a slight chance we..." December 21

  • Meeting held to discuss tensions between refs, players

    ESPN "After Lee Seham, the general counsel for the National Basketball Referees Association, had grown increasingly dissatisfied working with the NBA on contentious issues between game officials and players, he called the players association's executive director, Michele Roberts: Let's get together and..." December 21

  • Now healthy, Magic's Jonathan Isaac has catching up to do

    Orlando Sentinel "For five frustrating weeks that tested his patience, Jonathan Isaac’s primary objective was to recover from a right ankle sprain. And now that he’s finally returned to game action, the lean, baby-faced forward has a far more extensive developmental to-do list for the remainder of his rookie..." December 19

  • Magic's Gordon strains calf vs. Trail Blazers

    Sporting News "The Magic had their leading scorer, Aaron Gordon, back in the lineup Friday night against the Trail Blazers, but they lost him again after 25 minutes of play. The high-flying forward missed the past two games after suffering a concussion in last Friday's loss to the Nuggets. Gordon cleared..." December 16

  • Eight NBA players who have a real chance to be involved in trade rumors soon

    CBS Sports "Dec. 15 is known by many fans as the unofficial start to NBA trade rumor season. It's the day that players who signed new contracts in free agency can be traded by the team they signed with. Is that big target from the offseason not working out well? Put him on the block and see what's out there...." December 15

  • Magic’s Aaron Gordon won’t play against Clippers

    Orlando Sentinel "The injury-ravaged Orlando Magic will have only a skeleton crew available for their game tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers. Power forward Aaron Gordon, who is recovering from a concussion he sustained Friday, remains in the NBA concussion protocol. Although Gordon hasn’t suffered any..." December 13

  • Who's on the hot seat? Evaluating job security of every NBA coach

    Sporting News "When Phoenix gave the pink slip to Earl Watson in October, it ended a remarkable stretch of NBA coaching stability. Before the move to replace Watson, it had been a year-and-a-half since the league last had a coach get fired. Since then, we’ve already had another firing, a stunner that saw..." December 12

  • Playoffs?! Why, yes, Orlando Magic have shot, which isn't exactly a great thing

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic are just good enough to be bad. They are mediocrity’s children, sprinkled with a touch of misery. At 11-17, they are a playoff tease, an aspiring eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, cluttered with lousy teams. Only eight of the 15 teams in the conference have winning..." December 11

  • Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon diagnosed with concussion

    NBA.com "The injuries are mounting for the Orlando Magic. Aaron Gordon was diagnosed with a concussion during the Magic's 103-89 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Gordon suffered the injury with 6:15 remaining in the third quarter when he drove toward the hoop and collided face-first into Gary Harris’ left..." December 09

  • Magic begin easier stretch of schedule

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic played a brutal schedule from Nov. 11 through Monday. They played nine of their 13 games on the road. The Magic also played some of the NBA’s best teams, including the Golden State Warriors twice, Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves; combined, their 11 different..." December 07

  • Report: NBA to establish G-League franchise in Mexico as soon as possible

    Larry Brown Sports "In an effort to expand its product internationally, the NBA is reportedly starting a G-League franchise south of the border. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Thursday that the NBA intends to “move quickly” to establish a team in Mexico, with play potentially beginning as early as..." December 07

  • NBA's TV viewership up 32%, highest since 2010-2011 season

    USA Today "Whether it was this summer’s unprecedented player movement or the NBA’s abundance of intriguing story lines, the league's television ratings are up substantially from last season. Between ESPN, TNT and NBA TV, the league’s viewership is up 32% this season and averaging 1.4 million viewers..." December 05

  • The NBA Has Been Making Behind The Scenes Moves For The Legalization Of Sports Gambling

    Uproxx "The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Christie v. NCAA on Monday, better known as the sports betting legalization case. Gambling, particularly on sports, was once taboo, but has now become part of the sports fan’s lexicon and a ubiquitous presence around sports coverage. A look at..." December 04

  • Terrence Ross will miss 'significant amount of time' with knee injury

    Orlando Sentinel "rlando Magic swingman Terrence Ross will miss “a significant amount of time” because of a knee injury, team officials said Thursday. Ross sprained his right knee’s medial collateral ligament and suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right tibial plateau, team officials said, when he got hurt..." November 30

  • Frank Vogel envisions starting Jonathon Simmons ‘indefinitely’

    Orlando Sentinel "Coach Frank Vogel intends to give Jonathon Simmons a lengthy stay in the Orlando Magic’s starting lineup. Vogel inserted Simmons into the starting five at shooting guard in place of Terrence Ross for Monday night’s loss to the Indiana Pacers. Vogel said he’s evaluating the lineups “game to..." November 29

  • Ex-Bull Ben Gordon arrested for felony robbery — report

    Chicago Sun-Times "Gordon was arrested Monday for felony robbery at the Los Angeles apartment complex where he once lived, according to a TMZ report. From TMZ: Law enforcement sources tell us … the 34-year-old went to the apartment complex where he used to live in an effort to get his security deposit back...." November 28

  • 25 Players Still On Non-Guaranteed 2017/18 Salaries

    Hoops Rumors "There are 25 players around the NBA playing on 2017/18 salaries that aren’t yet fully guaranteed. While having those salaries guaranteed will be a mere formality for some players, others may be at risk of losing their roster spot with decision day nearing. If teams keep non-guaranteed players..." November 23

  • Report: NFL Owners Asked Adam Silver About Becoming Commissioner

    SLAM Online "NFL owners reportedly reached out to Adam Silver to gauge his interest in succeeding Roger Goodell as commissioner of the league. According to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr and Seth Wickersham, Silver immediately declined. [NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] knows that there’s no clear successor,..." November 17

  • Adam Silver, Michele Roberts Meet with Commission to Discuss One-and-Done Rule

    Bleacher Report "The NBA could be one step closer to changing its heavily debated "one-and-done" rule. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball Thursday to discuss possible changes. There is..." November 17

  • NBA Players Increasingly Switching To Plant-Based Diet

    Real GM Basketball "Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made a switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet over the past year or so. "Been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that," Irving told..." November 15

  • Cavs, LBJ Attempted To Add Jonathon Simmons In Free Agency

    Hoops Rumors "Jonathon Simmons believes he can be an elite player in the league and that mindset forced him to say no to LeBron James when the 4-time MVP attempted to bring him to Cleveland. “I even talked to LeBron James over the phone, and he was like, ‘We want you in Cleveland.’ And I said, ‘No, I want to..." November 15

  • Aaron Gordon would accept invite to 2018 dunk contest

    Clutch Points "Aaron Gordon’s 2017 run in the Slam Dunk Contest left every fan disappointed after seeing the young, springy forward go toe-to-toe with then-champion Zach LaVine for one of the most memorable competitions in recent memory in the 2016 edition. But that isn’t keeping him from accepting a potential..." November 14

  • USA Basketball Announces Roster For First World Cup Qualifiers

    Hoops Rumors "USA Basketball has announced its 12-man roster for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, bringing back four members of the squad that won gold earlier this year in FIBA’s AmeriCup tournament. Here’s Team USA’s full 12-man roster: Semaj Christon, PG..." November 14

  • Magic don’t anticipate D.J. Augustin playing on their road trip

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic likely will have just two healthy point guards available for the next week or so. D.J. Augustin, who strained his left hamstring on Nov. 1 in Memphis, probably won’t be able to play during the Magic’s four-game road trip to the West Coast, which will begin Friday night in..." November 09

  • Are the Orlando Magic actually legitimately good?

    Clutch Points "The Orlando Magic have sprinted out of the gate to open up the NBA season. Not only are they 6-4, including wins versus San Antonio, at Cleveland, and at Memphis, but they boast the 18th-best Offensive Rating (105.3) and the fifth best defensive rating (100.9) in the league. Now, I don’t think the..." November 07

  • Nike 'working to implement a solution' after string of jersey tears

    ESPN "After at least five of Nike's NBA jerseys ripped on players this season, the world's largest shoe and apparel giant has acknowledged it will make substantive changes. The company, which signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the NBA that began this year, said in a statement provided to ESPN..." November 07

  • Mario Hezonja's Contract Option Reportedly Won't Be Picked Up by Magic

    Bleacher Report "The Orlando Magic reportedly decided Tuesday to decline Mario Hezonja's fourth-year team option for the 2018-19 season, according to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski. Citing league sources, Wojnarowski added the Magic "had discussed several trade scenarios in the past several months, including..." October 31

  • Magic, Kings Discussed Mario Hezonja Trade

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic are exploring the trade market for Mario Hezonja with the deadline looming on his 2018/19 option, reports Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link). Orlando will have to decide today whether or not to exercise Hezonja’s fourth-year option for next season, which has a cap..." October 31

  • David Stern says NBA should take marijuana off ban list

    Oregonian "Former NBA commissioner David Stern says he thinks the league should remove marijuana from its list of banned substances. In an interview from a documentary for Uninterrupted, Stern talked with ex-NBA player Al Harrington, who has become a marijuana entrepreneur since he retired in..." October 25

  • NBA Viewership On ESPN Is Way Up Through The First Handful Of Games This Season

    Dime Magazine "TV ratings in many sports have seen a drop in recent months for a wide variety of reasons. But the NBA has had a strong start to its 2017-18 season on at least one network. ESPN reported on Tuesday that viewership numbers for the start of the season have gone up to start the new NBA season...." October 25

  • There is no Magic formula: Orlando's new front office explains its patient plan

    CBS Sports "Five years removed from their last playoff appearance and goodness knows how far away from their next one, the Orlando Magic flipped their front office. Out went general manager Rob Hennigan, who was hired at age 30, and in came president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman and GM John..." October 25

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