Magic Rumors & News

  • Undrafted Alex Poythress to play for Magic in summer league

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Kentucky’s Alex Poythress, who wasn’t selected in the NBA Draft on Thursday night in Brooklyn, N.Y., will play for the Magic in the Orlando Summer League, according to a report by DraftExpress. The 6-foot-8 forward from Clarksville, Tenn., was named to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America Second Team..." June 24

  • Thunder to guarantee Ersan Ilyasova’s contract

    Pro Basketball Talk "This is the best indication yet the Thunder believe they can re-sign Kevin Durant. Ersan Ilyasova – acquired from the Magic in the Serge Ibaka trade – will make $8.4 million season unless he’s waived by July 1. If dropped by then, his salary is just $400,000 guaranteed. Anthony Slater of The..." June 24

  • Did The Thunder Consult With KD Before Ibaka Trade?

    Black Sports Online "The Oklahoma City traded Serge Ibaka to the Magic earlier today in a some-what surprising move, and it appears that the Thunder made the decision without consulting Kevin Durant. Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater shared the below tweet, which states that the Thunder decided to trade Ibaka..." June 24

  • Once again the Thunder make a shrewd Thunder move by trading Serge Ibaka

    CBS Sports "The eyes of the NBA will be on the Oklahoma City Thunder on July 1 when Kevin Durant officially becomes a free agent. They made a preemptive move into the spotlight on draft night, sending Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic, league sources confirmed to CBS Sports. For a team that won 55 games and..." June 24

  • Serge Ibaka Reportedly Traded to Magic in Deal Involving Victor Oladipo

    Bleacher Report "Fresh off a dispiriting collapse in the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly traded forward Serge Ibaka. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Ibaka has been dealt to the Orlando Magic. Wojnarowski reported the Magic will trade Victor Oladipo, Ersan..." June 23

  • President Obama has 'discussed' being NBA owner, White House says

    ESPN "Much has been made of what might be next for President Barack Obama after he leaves the White House in January. According to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner might be an option. Earnest said Wednesday that the president, well known for being a big fan of Chicago sports teams,..." June 23

  • Pistons, Magic, Lakers expected to make run at Al Horford

    Peachtree Hoops "The free agency buzz hasn’t quite shifted into high gear yet but teams are making preparations for what will be a wild month of July. The Atlanta Hawks figure to be at the forefront of a lot of that with two key players in Al Horford and Kent Bazemore hitting the open market. Horford in particular..." June 22

  • Report: Chauncey Billups declined offer to become Magic assistant

    The Score "The Orlando Magic have reportedly struck out in their pursuit of former NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups to serve as the team's lead assistant coach, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski reports that the two sides engaged in serious discussions for Billups to become Frank..." June 21

  • Stephen A. Smith Hasn't Gotten a NBA Finals Pick Right Since 2009

    The Big Lead "This video is fun stuff. Stephen A. Smith returned to ESPN before the 2011 NBA Finals. He has never correctly picked the NBA Champion before the Finals, going 0 for 6. He was not at ESPN for a two-year period before that, but I found this transcript of his appearance on MSNBC in May of 2010,..." June 21

  • Keith Appling reportedly arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon

    Sportando "Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling has been arrested again on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Detroit police Sgt. Michael Woody said Appling was arrested early Saturday after officers stopped a fast-driving Dodge Charger. " June 18

  • Hornets GM Rich Cho: Team could trade up, trade down or trade out of NBA draft

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho on Friday prepared fans for anything and everything in the upcoming NBA draft. “We’re looking at a lot of different options: moving up, moving back, moving out of the draft altogether,” Cho said of what might happen Thursday night. The Hornets pick..." June 18

  • Magic Trying To Hire Chad Forcier As Frank Vogel's Top Assistant

    Real GM Basketball "Frank Vogel is pursuing Chad Forcier to be his top assistant with the Orlando Magic. Forcier has been an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs since 2007 " June 16

  • Five potential trade destinations for Derrick Rose

    Sportsnaut "While a lot of the talk surrounding the Chicago Bulls has involved Jimmy Butler, there’s a growing sense that the team might look to move former MVP Derrick Rose this summer instead. This makes a ton of sense for multiple reasons. First off, it’s become readily apparent that Butler and Rose..." June 16

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • Craig Sager will join ESPN's coverage of Warriors-Cavaliers Game 6

    Yahoo! Sports "Well, this is awesome: ESPN announced Wednesday morning that Craig Sager, legendary sideline reporter for Turner Sports' NBA coverage and soon-to-be recipient of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs, will join the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew for Thursday's Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals..." June 15

  • Moving the pick would be the Magic's best move

    Orlando Pinstriped Post "After three years of holding picks in the top-5 in the draft, the Orlando Magic have their first pick outside of the top-10 since 2012 when they selected Andrew Nicholson 19th overall. That pick, 11th overall selection, puts the Magic in a tricky position. In what many consider to be a weak..." June 09

  • The Olympics would be better off without NBA players

    Fox Sports "I love the Olympics. I live for the Olympics. I've been excited about Rio since an hour before the London Closing Ceremony began. I love the big events (swimming, track, gymnastics) as much as the minor-leaguers (shooting, archery, racewalking). Shoot, I'll even willingly watch diving - only in..." June 08

  • Data shows NBA players are dropping $42,500 per month

    Sporting News "NBA players make a lot of money, so that gives them the freedom to spend that money, which data shows they do. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report on data provided by financial advisors Personal Capital, players are dropping about $42,500 a month — or $510,000 a year — on expenses...." June 08

  • Referees union calls for end of NBA's 'Last Two-Minute' reports

    ESPN "The National Basketball Referees Association has called for the NBA to stop releasing its Last Two Minute Reports. In a statement released Tuesday, the NBRA says the NBA's effort to "promote so-called transparency will cause more harm than good for the officials and the game." "Transparency..." June 08

  • Orlando Magic the next big investment for Orlando

    Orlando Magic Daily "Orlando became something of a hub for the sports world and news this week. By January and the early part of 2017, all focus will be on Camping World Stadium for some major sports events. Last Wednesday, the NFL announced the Pro Bowl would be coming to Orlando for the next several years. In..." June 07

  • NBA Referees Are Officially Pretty Sick Of Having Their Work Publicly Critiqued By The League

    Dime Magazine "The NBA’s intentions were good when it decided to add a dose of clarity to officiating down the stretch of close games. Toward the tale end of last season, newly-implemented “Last Two-Minutes Reports” received nothing but positive attention across the basketball world. The league’s decision to..." June 07

  • NBA creates Pride Month T-shirt line with every team's logo in rainbows "The NBA has unveiled a new line of apparel for Pride Month, the likes of which hasn't been done before in men's professional sports, to our knowledge. The League, in conjunction with Teespring, has created T-shirts of every one of the NBA's 30 teams that feature each team's logo in rainbows...." June 07

  • Are Al Horford And Ryan Anderson A Good Free Agency Fit For The Magic?

    Orlando Sentinel "In the pursuit of a big forward to complement center Nik Vucevic, the Magic should be on Al Horford's crowded doorstep the minute free agency opens July 1. The line will be long. They might also need to express their love for 3-point shooting forwards Ryan Anderson and Chandler Parsons. The..." June 06

  • Magic's Jennings predicts LeBron will leave Cleveland this summer

    The Score "A fourth-quarter run by the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 had Orlando Magic point guard Brandon Jennings questioning LeBron James' loyalty to his hometown team. "Lebron is leaving dude," Jennings tweeted Thursday." June 03

  • Adam Silver, faced with surge, to seek rule nullifying Hack-a-Shaq

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he would use his "bully pulpit" to try to force through reform to eliminate the intentional fouling of poor free throw shooters, also known as the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. Silver was speaking in his annual address before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In the same..." June 02

  • Orlando Magic, Dwight Howard have no interest

    Orlando Magic Daily "The Orlando Magic have been seemingly tied to former All-Star center Dwight Howard ever since a Bleacher/Report post came out during the season stating Howard, or someone in his camp, had tried to reach out to the Magic through back channels to gauge their interest. From there, the rumor mill..." June 01

  • Techies Are Trying to Turn the NBA Into the World’s Biggest Sports League

    Wired "Los Angeles Clippers were just getting used to being a good basketball team. After more than three decades of irrelevance—and only four winning seasons—they’d finally found that magic mix of talent and cohesion and had become a division-winning powerhouse practically overnight. But then they hit..." May 31

  • 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: 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

  • 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

  • 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 "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

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