Magic Rumors & News

  • Orlando Magic Name Scott Skiles Head Coach "In the Orlando Magic’s extensive search for its next coach, Scott Skiles’ profile checked all of the boxes because he had been successful previously as a NBA head coach and he brought a distinct toughness and discipline in his persona. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Skiles is also one of the..." May 29

  • Magic pushing to sign Scott Skiles as coach "The Orlando Magic have entered into contract discussions with former Magic fan favorite Scott Skiles and expect to soon complete his hiring as the team's next coach, according to league sources. Sources told that the Magic, undaunted by Skiles' interview this week with the New Orleans..." May 29

  • Tom Thibodeau not interested in coaching Pelicans (because he fears Anthony Davis leaving), Magic or Nuggets

    Pro Basketball Talk "Tom Thibodeau reportedly preferred sitting out next season to helping the Bulls by accepting a trade. Now that they’ve fired him, they can’t get compensation from another team for letting him out of his contract. But him signing a new deal – likely worth much more than what the Bulls owe him –..." May 29

  • Scott Skiles, Magic 'inching closer to a partnership "The Orlando Magic want to make Scott Skiles their head coach once, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Skiles has been out of the league since the Milwaukee Bucks fired him 32 games into the 2012-2013 season, and he has a history with the Magic dating back to their first season as a..." May 28

  • NBA free agents: Entire class of 2015

    CSN Washington "Here's a league-wide list of all NBA Free Agents in 2015. Various team and player options must be declared before free agency begins July 1. More on several of these options as possible fits for the Wizards in the coming weeks. KEY: (T) = Team option. (P); (P) = Player option; (R) = Restricted..." May 27

  • Orlando, Sacramento and Celtics eyeing Koufos "Kostas Koufos is a free agent, despite playing limited minutes behind Marc Gasol he seems ready for a bigger – even a starting – role in a team and that’s why he is name is rumored to be gaining interest from many NBA teams. According to US sources not only Memphis may try to keep him – a..." May 27

  • Darko Milicic returns to basketball in Serbia

    Detroit Free Press "It was 12 years ago this month when the Pistons, in the midst of getting swept in the Eastern Conference finals, learned that their trade with Vancouver years before turned into the second overall pick in the NBA draft. We know the story from there. Darko Milicic, the Human Victory Cigar who..." May 27

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    Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1

    Not surprisingly, Skiles will be named Magic coach this wk, I am informed. He was favorite f outset. CEO did PR 4 team when SK starred 4 'em

  • Sources: Scott Skiles the frontrunner to become Magic's next coach

    Yahoo! Sports "Scott Skiles has emerged as the strong frontrunner to become head coach of the Orlando Magic, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan has discussed the opening with several possible candidates, but Skiles has clearly separated himself in the process, league sources..." May 24

  • Report: Kristaps Porzingis will draw ‘significant interest’ from Magic, Kings, Pistons in NBA Draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis was rumored to be worthy of the number one overall selection in this summer’s NBA Draft, and since then, has been projected to go with one of the top three picks. While teams evaluating Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay..." May 22

  • Behind the Scenes of the NBA Draft Lottery

    Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21

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    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    NBA Draft top 10: 1. Timberwolves 2. Lakers 3. 76ers 4. Knicks 5. Magic 6. Kings 7. Nuggets 8. Pistons 9. Hornets 10. Heat

  • Magic willing to pay Tom Thibodeau $7-9 million per year

    Racine Journal-Times "As usual, there wasn’t a shortage of rumors flying around the NBA pre-draft camp. But the most discussed one, hands down, pertained to the status of Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. To virtually every NBA official in attendance, it wasn’t a question of whether Thibodeau will remain with..." May 19

  • Why NBA Has So Many Dumb Rules--And Won't Change Them "There’s a reason the NBA has dumb rules like Hack-a-Shaq, which is messing up a perfectly good post-season, dating back to the 1940s when the league emerged from the bushes in Tri-Cities and Ft. Wayne. We always did it this way. I didn’t say it had a good reason. If hacking represents the..." May 19

  • Jeff Van Gundy: Scott Skiles would be great coaching choice for Magic

    Orlando Sentinel "ESPN and ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy jokingly pulled himself out of contention for the Orlando Magic coaching vacancy Thursday, but then he seriously said Scott Skiles would be a great hire. "I think the Magic job is a good job," Van Gundy told me on our Open Mike radio show on Orlando's AM 740..." May 16

  • Magic willing to give picks to get Thibs

    Basketball Insiders "As the clock on the Chicago Bulls season continues to tick down, the noise surrounding their head coach continues to ramp up. One of the most over-analyzed situations in coaching is that of head coach Tom Thibodeau and his front office in Chicago. The rift between the two sides has been well..." May 14

  • Magic's Payton fit right in as rookie, but shooting must improve

    Fox Sports Florida "The Orlando Magic have been down this road before, even if Elfrid Payton was not yet born the first time it happened. In 1993, they pulled off a trade the night of the NBA draft to obtain the rights to little-known Penny Hardaway, whom they envisioned as the successor at point guard to popular..." May 13

  • After injury, Magic's Gordon showed promise late in rookie season

    Fox Sports Florida "Aaron Gordon was taken fourth by the Orlando Magic last summer in a draft which was widely regarded as one of the NBA's best in recent years. But like fellow lottery picks Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and Julius Randle -- who played a total of 26 games between them -- Gordon couldn't avoid the..." May 12

  • 'Back to drawing board' for Frye after frustrating first season in Orlando

    Fox Sports Florida "This was no April Fools joke. For the first time in at least five years, and probably longer, Channing Frye was in uniform but did not play April 1 when the Orlando Magic lost 103-91 to the San Antonio Spurs. The same thing happened in four of their seven remaining games afterward as the..." May 08

  • Nuggets And Magic Still Waiting

    Basketball Insiders "While the Oklahoma City Thunder wasted little time in naming their next head coach, hiring Billy Donovan roughly eight days after firing long-time head coach Scott Brooks, both the Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic seem to be in a holding pattern on their next hire. Source close to the process..." May 08

  • Report: NBA in negotiations with “global sports betting companies” to partner in Europe

    Pro Basketball Talk "When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out in support of legalized gambling legislation, there was one motivation behind it — money. Silver looked at things like the Barclays Premiere League where three teams have their kit/jersey deal with an online gambling company, and numerous other teams..." May 06

  • Report: NBA could eliminate Hack-a-Shaq strategy "The NBA is considering a rule change that will punish teams for employing the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, according to a report from Ken Berger of NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said that he expects the NBA to engage in "full-throated" discussions about the possibility of..." May 05

  • Magic's Dedmon a work in progress with a defensive mindset

    Fox Sports Florida "During a stretch in January and February where the Orlando Magic gave up more than 100 points in 14 consecutive games, Dewayne Dedmon played a total of 61 minutes. That statistic would seem confounding in that Dedmon, more than anyone else on the Magic, is defensive-minded to the point where..." May 04

  • NBA Commissioner Sends Veiled Warning to Players' Union Regarding Labor Deal

    Bleacher Report "If NBA players opt out of the league's labor agreement in 2017, they might find themselves staring at some familiar and unsettling proposals: a hard salary cap, shorter contracts, smaller raises and perhaps an end to guaranteed contracts. No one is making that threat directly, at least not yet,..." May 04

  • Willie Green open to exploring return to Magic

    Fox Sports "After being on teams the previous four seasons which made the NBA playoffs, Willie Green got to see how the other half lives with the Orlando Magic. Green played in 52 of a possible 82 games for a team which finished with a 25-57 record. That represented the fewest games in which he played..." May 04

  • The pace of the Magic's coaching search may revolve around Tom Thibodeau

    Orlando Sentinel "Of all the issues the Orlando Magic must confront this offseason — whom to draft, how to upgrade the roster via free agency or via trade and what to do with Tobias Harris' upcoming restricted free agency — nothing looms larger than hiring a head coach. "It's essential for us," Magic general..." May 03

  • Magic extend GM Rob Hennigan's contract through the 2017-18 season

    Orlando Sentinel "In an endorsement of the team's current rebuilding plan, the Orlando Magic have finalized a contract extension for general manager Rob Hennigan that will run through the 2017-18 season. The Magic have compiled a 68-178 record during Hennigan’s three seasons as general manager, including a..." April 30

  • NBA signs deal with Stance to become official league sock

    The Score "The NBA is filling some big shoes with its latest licensing deal. The league has inked a multi-year deal with Stance, a sock manufacturer, to put its logo on socks worn during games starting next season, according to Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick. John Wilson, founder and president of Stance,..." April 27

  • NBA Announces First Game in Africa

    Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24

  • Magic, Nuggets Expected To Have Interest In Scott Brooks

    Real GM Basketball "Scott Brooks will become a top candidate for the head coaching vacancies of the Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets. Brooks was fired by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday." April 22

  • Harkless takes step back in third season with Magic

    Fox Sports Florida "A year ago, the Orlando Magic could point with some pride after a disappointing season that at least they found much-needed playing time for Maurice Harkless. His future with them appears far less promising now. Except for Andrew Nicholson and frequently-injured rookie Devyn Marble, no..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on gambling: 'It's good for business, I don't want to hide from that' "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20

  • Payton Plays in Every Game in Rookie Season "When asked what his biggest surprise of his first season at the NBA level was Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton repeatedly stressed that it was the rigors of the marathon-like, 82-game schedule. But the talented rookie never succumbed to the fatigue or the inevitable bumps and bruises..." April 19

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    Bryan Gutierrez @BallinWithBryan

    Devin Harris aggravated his turf toe. The tape job he got bothered his surgically repaired toe. Has to work trial & error to make both happy

  • Nike Close To Taking Over NBA Apparel Rights From Adidas With Long-Term Deal

    Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.

  • Report: Orlando Magic to Play Preseason Game in Brazil

    Sportsnaut "Get your passports ready, Orlando Magic fans, your team is headed to Brazil. According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic will travel to Rio De Janeiro to play a preseason game against Brazilian team Flamengo on Oct. 17 at HSBC Arena. As Robbins noted, the franchise’s..." April 16

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    John Denton @JohnDenton555

    .@OrlandoMagic Luke Ridnour said his fam - wife & 4 boys - has given him OK to keep playing. "I'll take a couple of months & pray about it."

  • Nets beat Magic season finale, get help and make playoffs

    New York Post "The Nets did everything they could to miss the playoffs, but the ineptitude of the Eastern Conference proved to be too much to overcome. Thanks to the combination of a 101-88 victory over the Magic in Brooklyn and the Pacers’ 95-83 loss in Memphis, the Nets managed to find a way to make it to..." April 16

  • Report: Magic interested in Tom Thibodeau, Billy Donovan, Scott Skiles

    Pro Basketball Talk "Tom Thibodeau is – or at least his people are – reportedly interested interested in the Magic if the Bulls let him go. Bill Donovan is reportedly interested in jumping to the NBA. And Scott Skiles was reportedly believed to be a lead candidate for the Magic back when they still had Jacque..." April 16

  • Magic will make Kyle O'Quinn a restricted free agent in 2015, according to report

    Orlando Pinstriped Post "The Orlando Magic will extend to Kyle O'Quinn a qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, despite the 25-year-old big man's decline in minutes as the season has progressed. "By issuing a qualifying offer, the Magic would ensure O'Quinn..." April 15

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    Brian K. Schmitz @MagicInsider

    Yes, I'm told that former Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone "would love to coach" the Orlando Magic.

  • Heat live for another day, down Magic 100-93, as Nets fall

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "is time it isn't cliche. The Miami Heat are taking it one day at a time. They have no other choice. The Heat's playoff hopes lived for another day when they defeated the Orlando Magic 100-93 Monday night at AmericanAirlines Arena and the Chicago Bulls defeated the Brooklyn Nets 113-86 at..." April 14

  • LeBron No. 1 in jersey sales; Bulls are top-selling team "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14

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    Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins

    Also, Luke Ridnour will not play tonight because of personal reasons.

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    John Denton @JohnDenton555

    .@OrlandoMagic will start @IamAaronGordon (7th start) tonight in place of @d_dedmon3 Also G/F @EvanFourmizz (hip) is out for precaut reasons

  • Sources: NBA's president of basketball operations Rod Thorn to retire from NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13

  • Pepsi takes over as NBA sponsor in new deal

    Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13

  • Knicks win ugly one against Magic

    New York Post "Is there something called a “bad win?’’ The Knicks and Magic made ignomious NBA history by combining for a league-worst 15 points in the second quarter on Saturday night. Then the Knicks hurt their chances of finishing with the undisputed NBA-worst record — and the top lottery seed — with an..." April 12

  • Tobias Harris is trying to focus on the present — not on restricted free agency

    Orlando Sentinel "measure of finality to the Orlando Magic's 2014-15 season will arrive this weekend. After the Magic host the Toronto Raptors on Friday night, the Magic will play their home finale against the New York Knicks on Saturday night. There's a possibility this weekend will be an ending of sorts for..." April 11