Magic Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Will the real Vucevic stand up at FIBA EuroBasket 2017?

    FIBA "His form for Orlando Magic is undeniable, but can Nikola Mirotic now replicate his club numbers in a national team jersey? We see his numbers in the NBA year after year. Nikola Vucevic is a statistical giant, racking up points and rebounds like there is no tomorrow for the Orlando Magic. Yet..." April 24

  • Magic interested in Cavaliers GM David Griffin

    CBS Sports "One of the Cleveland Cavaliers' most coveted free agents isn't even a player -- it's general manager David Griffin. Griffin, whose contract expires after this season, is a target for the Orlando Magic's vacant general manager position, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski: The..." April 21

  • The NBA Players Who Are Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On D

    Five Thirty Eight "As someone who each week watches about a dozen NBA games for a living, I have my fair share of pet peeves. Like many fans, I lose my patience with the glitchy League Pass whenever I’m forced to stream a game on my laptop. By the ends of close games, I’ve often lost interest during the 15-minute..." April 20

  • This Is The NBA Draft Order And Lottery Odds After Tiebreakers Were Decided

    Dime Magazine "The NBA Draft Lottery isn’t until May 16, but the ping-pong ball fun got started on Tuesday when the league broke all the necessary tiebreakers for the lottery odds and 16 non-lottery spots in the draft. In total, there were five ties broken on Tuesday by way of the all powerful ping-pong ball..." April 18

  • Here Is The BIG3 Basketball League’s Full 10-City Schedule For The Summer

    Uproxx "The BIG3’s full 10-week, 10-city schedule has been released, as the fledgling basketball league filled with former NBA stars like Allen Iverson, Jason Williams, Stephen Jackson, Chauncey Billups and many more will begin in late June with their inaugural games at the Barclays Center in..." April 18

  • Nine worst NBA free agent signings from last summer

    Sportsnaut "Last summer, the NBA’s salary cap spiked upward in a way we had never seen before. The result was a bevy of contracts that, by previous standards, were enormous. Most look fine now, in accordance with the cap spike, but the bad contracts look much worse than normal. Instead of Allen Crabbe and..." April 17

  • Scott Skiles warned Magic of Rob Hennigan's shortcomings

    Orlando Sentinel "Running off at the typewriter … In the wake of firing general manager Rob Hennigan, Magic CEO Alex Martins admitted that former coach Scott Skiles was right about the failed GM and should have stuck around until the team figured out what to do about it. Skiles quit after only one season..." April 15

  • Grant Hill ‘not interested’ in Magic front office job

    Larry Brown Sports "The Orlando Magic on Thursday fired GM Rob Hennigan after five years on the job and will be looking for new leadership. They could consider hiring a president of basketball operations who chooses a GM, or they could just fill Hennigan’s shoes with a general manager replacement. One name that..." April 14

  • The Magic’s Leaked Whiteboard Photo Reportedly Played A Role In Their GM Getting Fired

    Dime Magazine "The Orlando Magic fired general manager Rob Hennigan on Thursday, quickly making official what many expected to happen once this season ended after the Magic’s failure to make any notable improvements. While there are plenty of reasons you can point to for why the Magic needed to make this move —..." April 13

  • Magic Interested In Grant Hill As President Of Basketball Operations

    Real GM Basketball "The Orlando Magic have interest in hiring Grant Hill as president of basketball operations. Hill would have to divest his small ownership stake in the Atlanta Hawks and it is also unclear if he has interest in the job. Hill currently works as an analyst for Turner and CBS." April 13

  • Rob Hennigan rejected DeMarcus Cousins trade that Magic assistant GM wanted to make

    Pro Basketball Talk "In mid-February, Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report reported talks between the Magic and Kings involving DeMarcus Cousins, Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier: Multiple league sources say the Magic turned down the chance to deal Nikola Vucevic and either Evan Fournier or draft picks to the Kings..." April 13

  • Magic fire GM Rob Hennigan

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic fired Rob Hennigan on Thursday, ending his five-year tenure as the team’s general manager. The move occurred after the Magic finished their 2016-17 season with a 29-53 record and failed to reach the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season. Even worse, the rebuilding plan..." April 13

  • NBA GMs looking to tweak contract buyout and waiver process

    Fanrag Sports "A majority of general managers in the NBA are urging the league to begin a dialogue on possible tweaks to the in-season contract buyout and waiver process, according to a report from The Vertical. Among front office and personnel, there’s an ongoing worry regarding the buyout process. The..." April 13

  • Magic end season with win vs. Pistons

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- One last victory doesn't change another disappointing season, but it did provide a hint of hope for the Orlando Magic. The young guns shined on the closing night of the NBA season. Forward Aaron Gordon scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and point guard Elfrid..." April 12

  • Nikola Vucevic will work on 3-point shooting this summer

    Orlando Sentinel "Like most NBA players, Nikola Vucevic tries to add something to his game every offseason. Improving his 3-point shooting ranks among his top priorities in the months ahead. During his first five NBA seasons, Vucevic attempted a grand total of 26 treys, and at least some of those were on..." April 11

  • Only one of Warriors’ Big Four missed the cut in NBA’s 15 most popular jerseys

    Fox Sports "When it comes to selling merchandise, popularity matters. That’s the case in the NFL and MLB, and it’s certainly true in the NBA. That’s part of the reason Stephen Curry has dominated jersey sales for quite a while now. His reign of having the most popular jersey in the league continued this..." April 11

  • Bulls crush Magic, move closer to playoff berth

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- For the Chicago Bulls, the season boils down to one final game. If the Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets at home on Wednesday night in their regular-season finale, they will be in the playoffs -- no matter what. Robin Lopez scored 18 points, and Jimmy Butler and Jerian Grant each..." April 10

  • Terrence Ross Plans to Spend Much of Offseason in Orlando "Terrence Ross is a thousand miles away from where he was this time a year ago – literally and figuratively in basketball terms – but with each passing day sunny Orlando feels more and more like home to him. Still in the hotel where he’s stayed for nearly two months after being traded to the..." April 10

  • George powers Pacers in rout of Magic

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- Paul George and the Indiana Pacers are peaking at just the right time. The playoffs are within reach once again. George scored a game-high 37 points and the Pacers won their third consecutive game in impressive fashion, pounding the Orlando Magic 127-112 on Saturday..." April 08

  • NBA ProJects $101MM Salary Cap Next Season

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s latest salary cap projection for the 2017/18 season is now $101MM, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. That’s an increase of nearly $7MM over this season’s cap of $94.1MM but lower than previous projections. The tax level is projected to rise $8MM to $121MM next season,..." April 07

  • Magic defeat Nets, snap five-game slide

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton is driven today by the thought of next season. It's the only way to be. Payton is finishing with a flourish, even if his team is not, as Orlando snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the lowly Brooklyn Nets, 115-107..." April 06

  • James' triple-double sparks Cavs' rout of Magic

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- No, really. This was a big game for the Cavaliers. Yes, Cleveland plays the Boston Celtics on Wednesday with the two teams tied for first place in the Eastern Conference and five games left on the schedule. But to make it so, the Cavs had to first deal with the Orlando..." April 05

  • ESPN replacing Sage Steele with Michelle Beadle as 'NBA Countdown' host

    Sporting News "As the NBA playoffs approach, ESPN is making a key personnel change. Network veteran Sage Steele is out. Michelle Beadle is in, the network announced Tuesday. Beadle, who rose to popularity as personality on ESPN2's "SportsNation," will become the full-time host on "NBA Countdown," leading..." April 04

  • Magic's Aaron Gordon, Frank Vogel address leak of off-season plans

    Orlando Sentinel "Magic coach Frank Vogel spoke with Aaron Gordon today after a photo that went viral over social media suggesting Orlando had discussed or contemplated a potential trade of Gordon to the Philadelphia 76ers for Dario Saric. The photo surfaced on Twitter on Monday after the Magic signed Patricio..." April 04

  • Magic GM says player lists in agent's tweeted photo not revealing

    ESPN "Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan downplayed a photo Monday night that appeared to show confidential lists of the team's free-agent and trade priorities in a tweet posted by the agent of newly signed guard Patricio Garino. Hennigan addressed the lists with the Orlando Sentinel after a..." April 04

  • Magic Sign Patricio Garino

    Real GM Basketball "The Orlando Magic will sign Patricio Garino for the rest of the season. Garino will also have a non-guaranteed salary for the 17-18 season. Garino, 23, is a 6-foot-6 swingman who played summer-league ball for the Magic last July. He went to training camp last fall with the San Antonio Spurs..." April 03

  • Marcus Georges-Hunt back in the NBA

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Former Georgia Tech star Marcus Georges-Hunt will sign with the Orlando Magic for the remainder of the season. Georges-Hunt will join the team for its final five regular-season games, a good friend of Georges-Hunt’s confirmed. An Orlando Sentinel article reported on Sunday that the signing..." April 03

  • Celtics pull out win over Magic to stay atop conference

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- On paper, there was every reason to believe the Boston Celtics would easily handle the Orlando Magic on Friday night. After all, Boston already had a pair of 30-point wins over the Magic this season and Orlando had lost 12 straight games at TD Garden. As we said, on..." March 31

  • Vogel wants David West to join his coaching staff when West retires

    Larry Brown Sports "With Lance Stephenson reuniting with the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, we may soon be getting another throwback to that 2013 era team. ESPN’s Zach Lowe reports that Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel would like Golden State Warriors big man David West, whom he coached on the Pacers for four..." March 30

  • Westbrook scores 57 as Thunder down Magic in OT

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- Russell Westbrook keeps making the spectacular look so easy this season. Westbrook recorded the highest scoring triple-double in NBA history Wednesday night, totaling 57 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a come-from-behind, 114-106..." March 29

  • Frank Vogel wants David West to join his coaching staff upon retirement

    Larry Brown Sports "With Lance Stephenson reuniting with the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, we may soon be getting another throwback to that 2013 era team. ESPN’s Zach Lowe reports that Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel would like Golden State Warriors big man David West, whom he coached on the Pacers for four..." March 29

  • Adam Silver wants NBA woman head coach 'sooner than later'

    ESPN "Adam Silver not only believes that there will be a woman head coach in the NBA, but the NBA commissioner told ESPN he wants it to happen "sooner rather than later." "There definitely will," Silver said when asked about a woman becoming an NBA head coach. "And I think it is on me to sort of..." March 28

  • DeRozan leads Raptors to sixth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors had lost to the Orlando Magic the two previous times the teams faced each other. Things are different now, several weeks later. Despite the absence of injured All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry, the Raptors are rolling toward the playoffs in good form. DeMar..." March 27