Magic Rumors & News

  • NBA expected to approve player-resting rules

    Chicago Sun-Times "NBA owners are expected to approve player-resting rules in September designed to cut back on teams benching healthy players for regular-season games, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak..." August 10

  • D.J. Augustin says potential Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers split may give other teams hope

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "When news broke that Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving demanded a trade in July, it sent shockwaves throughout the entire NBA. But maybe more than anything else, it gave hope to the other teams in the Eastern Conference. Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin was in New Orleans on Wednesday..." August 03

  • Magic Waive Patricio Garino

    Hoops Rumors "A day after waiving Marcus Georges-Hunt, the Magic have reduced their roster count again, announcing today in a press release that they’ve also parted ways with Argentinian swingman Patricio Garino. Garino will become an unrestricted free agent on Thursday, assuming he clears waivers. Like..." August 02

  • Center Marreese Speights brings veteran experience to Magic

    Orlando Sentinel "Marreese Speights grew up in St. Petersburg, roughly 100 miles from where the Orlando Magic play their home games. When he was 5 years old, Speights would wear a tiny Magic jersey with Penny Hardaway’s number on it as he watched the Magic on TV. Now, even after nine NBA seasons, Speights..." July 28

  • NBA Sees Expansion As Inevitable But Not Sure On Timeline

    Real GM Basketball "In an interview in June with C.J. McCollum for The Players Tribune, Adam Silver talked about expansion. "I think it's just a question of when's the right time to seriously start thinking about expansion," said Adam Silver. "Think about the state we're in the league right now, where amazing to..." July 26

  • Magic Sign Wesley Iwundu To Three-Year, $4.1M Deal

    Real GM Basketball "The Orlando Magic have agreed to a three-year, $4.1 million deal with Wesley Iwundu. The deal is fully guaranteed. Orlando selected Iwundu No. 33 overall out of Kansas State." July 25

  • Magic, Arron Afflalo Agree To One-Year Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent swingman Arron Afflalo, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). The deal will be worth the veteran’s minimum, per Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today (Twitter link). Once the signing is official, Orlando looks to be capped..." July 25

  • Marreesse Speights, Magic Reportedly Agree to 1-Year, $2.1 Million Contract

    Bleacher Report "The Orlando Magic improved their frontcourt rotation on Sunday when they agreed to terms with big man Marreesse Speights. USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt reported the deal is for the veteran's minimum, which is one year and $2.1 million. This comes after Speights opted out of his contract with the..." July 24

  • Adam Silver predicts legal sports gambling ‘in the next few years’

    Larry Brown Sports "Long bullish regarding the prospect of legalizing sports gambling in the United States, NBA commissioner Adam Silver thinks it will happen sooner rather than later. Silver said Wednesday that he expects sports betting to be legalized within a few years, saying it would provide “enormous..." July 20

  • NBA eliminates home and road uniforms, teases new Nike jerseys

    CBS Sports "NBA games will look a lot different next season, as the league has uniform major changes planned as they begin their partnership with Nike. One of the big changes in store is that the league is doing away with home and away jerseys, so expect to see plenty of color vs. color uniform matchups..." July 18

  • Report: Spurs never offered Jonathon Simmons contract above qualifying offer

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Spurs extended Jonathon Simmons a $1,671,382 qualifying offer and were reportedly preparing a $9 million-per-year contract offer. But San Antonio rescinded Simmons’ qualifying offer, and he signed a three-year contract with the Magic. That Orlando contract is $20 million fully guaranteed..." July 17

  • Jonathon Simmons did not get along with Gregg Popovich

    Yardbarker "Did a rift with head coach Gregg Popovich help precipitate Jonathon Simmons’ sudden departure from the San Antonio Spurs? In an appearance on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Thursday, Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated said Simmons and Popovich did not get along particularly well. “Toward the end of last..." July 14

  • Jonathon Simmons goes from D-League tryout to three-year deal with the Magic

    CBS Sports "Jonathon Simmons is leaving the San Antonio Spurs, agreeing to a three year-deal with the Orlando Magic on Friday, according to The Vertical. Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express News later reported the deal to be worth $20 million. He's the type of player one would expect to emerge from..." July 14

  • The NBA Is Reportedly Moving Up The Trade Deadline Next Season

    Dime Magazine "The NBA trade deadline has, for years, happened after the NBA All-Star break. The weekend breeds trade rumors as executives have the chance to meet in person and reporters dig for details of those discussions amid the parties and festivities. Then, the week after celebrating the league’s best,..." July 13

  • Adam Silver: Changing NBA playoff structure 'not at top of agenda right now'

    CBS Sports "There has been talk for years about disregarding conferences when it comes to the NBA playoffs and seeding the teams 1-16 based on records. The idea resurfaced recently, after All-Stars Paul George and Jimmy Butler were traded to the Western Conference, making it even more formidable than it..." July 12

  • Olympic Channel to air all original broadcasts of 1992 Dream Team's gold medal run

    SI "We live in an endless era of basketball debates—LeBron versus Durant, should you or should you not trust The Process, and is Danny Ainge crazy or crazy like a leprechaun? Here’s the one thing most pro basketball fans can agree on is this: The 1992 United States Olympic Team is the greatest in the..." July 12

  • Magic waive C.J. Watson

    Real GM Basketball "The Orlando Magic will waive C.J. Watson." July 10

  • Shelvin Mack: Finalizing two-year deal with Magic

    CBS Sports "Mack is finalizing a two-year, $12 million contract to join the Magic, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Mack, between injuries and DNP-CDs, played just 55 games last season. When he did see the floor, however, he averaged 7.8 points and 2.8 assists across 21.9 minutes per game while shooting..." July 07

  • Cavaliers, forward Jeff Green agree to one-year deal

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cavaliers and free agent forward Jeff Green agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal, sources told Green, 30, averaged 9.2 points and 3.1 rebounds for the Orlando Magic last season." July 07

  • Magic Waive Stephen Zimmerman

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic have parted ways with the 41st overall pick from last year’s draft, according to Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel, who tweets that the team has waived second-year center Stephen Zimmerman. Zimmerman, 20, saw limited action during his rookie season in Orlando, averaging 1.2 PPG and..." July 04

  • Orlando Magic sign Jonathan Isaac

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic signed draft pick Jonathan Isaac on Saturday, about an hour before Isaac was scheduled to make his Orlando Pro Summer League debut. Isaac’s first-year salary will be $4,186,320, which is 120 percent of the rookie-scale contract figure for the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NBA..." July 01

  • Magic May Offer Ingles 4-Year Deal

    Hoops Rumors "It may not be long before Jazz forward Joe Ingles has a $60MM contract in front of him, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post writes. The scribe tweets that he’s heard the Australian free agent could have a four-year deal in the $60MM range coming from the Magic. If that’s the case, Bontemps..." July 01

  • Ratings for 2017 NBA Draft on ESPN are up from 2016

    Awful Announcing "This year’s NBA Draft which had plenty of buzz going into the event certainly scored for ESPN. The Draft averaged a 2.7 overnight rating which is up 13% from last year’s event. It peaked at a 4.0 rating in the 8:15-8:30 p.m. ET quarter-hour. ESPN is really ecstatic about its streaming numbers...." June 23

  • Orlando Magic to wear Disney ad on jerseys next season

    Pro Basketball Talk "There will be massive international conglomerates like GE. There will be ticket sellers such as Stub Hub. There will be almond growers. There will even be a charity logo. A number of NBA teams will have an ad on its jerseys next season, and some seem to fit better than others. Maybe the best..." June 21

  • Disney becomes Magic jersey sponsor

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic and Walt Disney World have reached an agreement to have the Disney logo appear on Magic players’ game jerseys. As part of the NBA’s pilot program testing ads on jerseys, the Disney name will appear in an approximately 2½-inch-by-2½-inch space on the front left of Magic jerseys..." June 20

  • Glaring needs for 2017 NBA Draft Lottery teams

    Sportsnaut "The countdown has officially begun for the 2017 NBA Draft. This year stands to be one of the deepest drafts in recent memory, with solid players throughout the lottery and deep into the first round. It’s also one of the most consequential. The Boston Celtics — not listed here because they..." June 13

  • Players Eligible For Rookie Scale Extensions In 2017

    Hoops Rumors "July 1 marks the start of the NBA’s new league year. At that point, players eligible for free agency will be able to begin negotiating and reaching contract agreements with suitors. In addition to those free agents, another group of players will also become eligible to sign new deals. For..." June 05

  • Olympics considering adding 3-on-3 basketball as event

    Fanrag Sports "The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, appear to have a new event on the horizon. According to the Associated Press, 3-on-3 basketball “is all but certain” to be added to the new list of events, which includes skateboarding and sport climbing. “It would certainly be a perfect fit,” said..." June 04

  • Why Adam Silver’s comments on the ‘one-and-done’ rule miss the mark

    Fox Sports "NBA commissioner Adam Silver joined FS1’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of the NBA on Wednesday. And while issues such as “super teams” and resting players are always hot-button, Silver’s most intriguing response may have come following a question on..." June 01

  • Adam Silver: NBA rethinking one-and-done rule

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has never been one adverse to change since he took over that role from David Stern. For the most part, it has helped the Association move on from a bygone era that saw popularity dwindle. We can conclude the on-court product has played a role in this, but Silver’s..." May 31

  • Sit Down, Be Humble: An NBA Champion's Guide to Ring Chasing

    Bleacher Report "For the last two seasons, veteran power forward David West has sacrificed bigger roles and much bigger contracts for the sake of being on championship-contending teams. So if he fails to win a ring with the Golden State Warriors in the next few weeks, as he did with the San Antonio Spurs this time..." May 31

  • LeBron And Other NBA Stars Are High On ESPN’s List Of 100 Most Popular Athletes

    Dime Magazine "LeBron James isn’t the most popular athlete in the world, but he’s close. ESPN released its annual list of the 100 most popular athletes on the planet on Tuesday, with Cristiano Ronaldo nabbing the top spot again. James, the top NBA player on the list, was second yet again. Other NBA players..." May 30

  • Playoffs Could Have Fewest Games In Expanded Format Era, Bring Down Cap

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Playoffs will have one of the fewest number of game since the first round was expanded from a five-game series to a seven-game series in 2003. Depending on the length of The Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, there will be anywhere between 78 games..." May 26

  • Raptors to receive second-round pick from Magic for Weltman

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors will be receiving a 2018 second-round draft pick from the Orlando Magic as compensation for the loss of general manager Jeff Weltman, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski‏. The pick will be the least desirable of Orlando’s two second-rounders. The Magic currently..." May 25

  • Magic hire Bucks GM John Hammond for same role

    ESPN "Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond is leaving the organization to take the same role with the Orlando Magic. The Magic announced Wednesday that Hammond -- who interviewed for the Orlando president of basketball operations job that went to Toronto Raptors executive Jeff Weltman -- will..." May 23

  • Masai Ujiri proud to have lost right-hand man Weltman to Orlando

    Sportsnet "Making suggestions or making decisions. That’s the difference between being second-in-command with an NBA team and running the show. That opportunity is why Toronto Raptors general manager Jeff Weltman is moving his wife and two young daughters from a city they’d grown to love, working for a..." May 23

  • Magic hire Raptors' Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic hired Toronto Raptors general manager Jeff Weltman as their president of basketball operations on Monday, league sources confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel. Weltman spent the last four seasons as a Raptors executive, working under team president Masai Ujiri and serving as..." May 23

  • Anthony Davis chosen first-team All-NBA for second time in three seasons "With one week remaining in the 2016-17 regular season, Anthony Davis half-jokingly told the media that although being chosen for an All-NBA team would be meaningful for him, “last year it would’ve meant a lot more.” Davis was referring to a clause in his New Orleans Pelicans contract that..." May 18

  • Cavs unresponsive to Magic's request to speak with David Griffin

    247 Sports "The Orlando Magic continue to have interest in Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin. The Magic recently reached out to the Cavaliers for permission to speak with Griffin, but they did not receive a response, according to a report from Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski. From..." May 16

  • NBA Team Option Decisions For 2017/18

    Hoops Rumors "Having created a post last week to track this offseason’s player option decisions, we’re turning our attention today to team options. In the coming weeks, we’ll use the space below to keep tabs on all the team options for 2017/18, making note of whether they’re picked up or declined. True team..." May 15

  • NBA Teams Fed Up with Rockets' 'Jabroni' Foul-Drawing

    Bleacher Report "What the NBA should do about the proliferation of players being fouled on three-point shot attempts is up for debate. What is not is who has practically cornered the market on how to draw them: the Houston Rockets. And for however long they are alive in these playoffs—and facing elimination in..." May 11

  • Magic won't get to interview Markelle Fultz at NBA Draft Combine

    Orlando Sentinel "Markelle Fultz’s time at the NBA Draft Combine will be brief, and it will not include an interview with the Orlando Magic, sources told the Orlando Sentinel. Fultz, a point guard who is arguably the draft’s top prospect, interviewed with some teams Wednesday, but the Magic were not among them...." May 11

  • Frank Vogel To Represent Magic At Lottery

    Real GM Basketball "Frank Vogel will represent the Orlando Magic at the draft lottery on May 16th. Pat Williams will also attend. Williams was general manager of the Magic when they won the lottery in two straight years in the early 1990s." May 09

  • Shaquille O'Neal says he'll run for sheriff in 2020

    ESPN "NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal says he is thinking about running for office, telling an Atlanta TV station that he will try to become sheriff in 2020. O'Neal didn't clarify to WXIA where he would enter a sheriff race. The 2000 NBA MVP holds residency in Florida and Georgia. "This is not..." May 09

  • Magic Interested In John Hammond, Jeff Weltman, Kevin McHale

    Real GM Basketball "While David Griffin remains the top target for the Orlando Magic, they also have interest in John Hammond, Jeff Weltman and Kevin McHale. The Magic are searching for a new general manager after firing Rob Hennigan. Hammond is currently general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks. Weltman is..." May 04

  • Magic have started to interview candidates for president of basketball operations

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic have started to interview candidates to head their basketball operations department, Magic CEO Alex Martins said Wednesday. But Martins cautioned that the hiring process could take a long time. “As we’ve said from the outset, we don’t expect a quick decision or a quick..." May 03

  • Kevin McHale among Orlando Magic front-office candidates

    Orlando Sentinel "Add Kevin McHale to the list of candidates to head the Orlando Magic’s basketball operations department. McHale is among the people the Magic are considering for the job, USA Today Sports reported and the Orlando Sentinel confirmed. McHale, a color commentator for Turner Sports, most..." April 30

  • Magic interested in Larry Bird as candidate for president

    Larry Brown Sports "The reverberations of Larry Bird’s decision to step down as Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations are already being felt. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports on Friday that, though Bird’s current plan is to continue on with the Pacers as a consultant, the Orlando Magic are..." April 28

  • Cavaliers GM David Griffin ‘the top candidate’ in Magic’s front-office search

    Pro Basketball Talk "A week ago, David Griffin was just someone the Magic were researching to run their front office. It seems the Cavaliers general manager has since moved up in the search. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: For now, Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin remains the top candidate in the..." April 28

  • NBA announces eight new awards to be voted on by fans

    Sportsnaut "If you were wondering how the NBA plans to fill a prime-time awards show, we got part of the answer today. TNT announced eight new awards to be voted on by fans through social media: Assist of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Dunk of the Year, Game Winner of the Year, Performance of the..." April 28

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