Magic Rumors & News

  • Jonathan Isaac set to make his return to the court on Friday

    247 Sports "Jonathan Isaac, the first round selection of the Orlando Magic out of Florida State in the most recent NBA Draft, has been sidelined for more than two months straight and much of the past three months because of an ankle injury. Isaac played in the Magic’s first 13 games of the season and..." February 23

  • The NBA is having real discussions about a playoffs play-in tournament

    ESPN "Recent comments from NBA commissioner Adam Silver about tweaking the league's playoff format drew intense media coverage, but sources say there is also some behind-the-scenes momentum for the idea of a play-in tournament determining the last two seeds in each conference -- to the point that two..." February 22

  • Magic's Aaron Gordon could dictate market for flawed class of restricted free agents

    Sporting News "The reality of the much-hyped NBA free agent class of 2018, which received ample attention over All-Star weekend, is that beyond the first handful of guys, things get dicey quickly. There’s one guy not going anywhere — Warriors forward Kevin Durant — and three guys who are marginal candidates..." February 22

  • Jonathan Isaac hopes to finish his injury-plagued rookie year strong

    Orlando Sentinel "This past weekend should’ve been a celebration for the Orlando Magic and their prized rookie, Jonathan Isaac. If Isaac’s season had gone according to plan, he almost certainly would’ve attended All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles and played in the Rising Stars Challenge, an exhibition game for the..." February 21

  • Suns, Mavs Among Potential Aaron Gordon Suitors

    Hoops Rumors "The Suns and Mavericks are among the teams viewed as potential offseason suitors for Magic power forward Aaron Gordon, league sources tell Sean Deveney of The Sporting News. Gordon will be eligible for restricted free agency this summer. As Deveney outlines, the Suns should have cap space this..." February 21

  • ESPN’s NBA Countdown is moving to Bristol, then New York, while The Jump is expanding to a full hour

    Awful Announcing "With Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose heading to the upcoming Get Up morning show with Mike Greenberg while retaining their NBA Countdown roles (at least for now), it was clear that the NBA studio show would be leaving Los Angeles. But we now have details on when and for where, with Ryan Glasspiegel..." February 21

  • Raptors eyeing Magic veteran guard Arron Afflalo

    Clutch Points "The Toronto Raptors intend to make use of their open roster spot, recently eyeing Orlando Magic veteran guard/forward Arron Afflalo as the buyout market is expected to heat up in the following days, according to TSN’s Josh Lewenberg. President Masai Ujiri had Afflalo during his time with the..." February 20

  • Magic, Rashad Vaughn Agree To 10-Day Deal

    Hoops Rumors "Former first-round pick Rashad Vaughn is set to join his fourth NBA team of the last month. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter), Vaughn has agreed to sign a 10-day contract with the Magic. It has been an eventful few weeks for Vaughn, who was originally traded from..." February 20

  • NBA beats odds, sees gain in local ratings

    Sports Business Daily "The NBA continues to buck the television ratings trend, with both national and local viewership showing impressive gains as the league headed into the All-Star break. Nationally, NBA games on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT are showing double-digit viewership increases. The combined 15 percent jump..." February 20

  • Adam Silver after NBA All-Star success: 'Sounds like we're going to have a televised draft'

    USA Today "Toronto Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan made the most vocal plea for televising the player draft immediately following Sunday’s All-Star Game. “Televise it,” he said. “Give the people what they want. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person..." February 20

  • Adam Silver: NBA still considering changing playoff format

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave his version of the state of the league address during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. The innovative commissioner touched on a ton of topics, including the Association considering drastically changing its playoff format. It was previously..." February 18

  • Grant Hill Confirmed The Story Behind Why Tim Duncan Didn’t Join The Orlando Magic

    Uproxx "High on the list of the most fascinating “What Ifs” in recent NBA history is “What if Tim Duncan decided to join the Orlando Magic when he was a free agent in 2000?” Duncan was the centerpiece of the San Antonio Spurs’ dynasty over the last 20 years, but at one point, it looked like he was on..." February 16

  • NBA Rumors: Pacers could target Aaron Gordon, Marcus Smart in free agency

    Clutch Points "With an impressive 33-25 record heading into the All-Star Break, the Indiana Pacers are one of the biggest surprise teams in the NBA this 2017-18 season. However, this upcoming offseason, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if the team tries to sign players like Orlando Magic star power forward Aaron..." February 15

  • Nikola Vucevic targets Feb. 22 as his return from injury

    Orlando Sentinel "Magic center Nikola Vucevic could spend the All-Star break wherever he wants, but he plans to remain in Orlando instead of going to some exotic locale. His intention: to prepare for his first game back since he fractured his left hand on Dec. 23. The Magic’s All-Star break will begin after..." February 15

  • Magic’s Mario Hezonja finally is making strides

    Orlando Sentinel "When Frank Vogel describes the improvement Mario Hezonja has shown lately, Vogel doesn’t first mention how Hezonja has averaged 17.0 points per game over the Orlando Magic’s last five games. Instead, Vogel cites a pair of defensive plays Hezonja made Saturday against the Milwaukee..." February 14

  • Report: Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic out vs. Bulls

    Clutch Points "There was a small sliver of hope that two of the Orlando Magic’s key players would go in tonight’s road game against the Chicago Bulls. But Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic appear to be farther away from a return to action. Gordon and Vucevic’s status was updated Monday morning, and they are now..." February 12

  • NBA's buyout market: Which players could be available?

    USA Today "The buyout market is open for business, offering teams their last chance at upgrades ahead of the postseason. We've already seen some significant movement from guys who could potentially influence a playoff series or bolster the backend of a roster. Teams have until March 1 to add a player on..." February 12

  • Suns Acquire Elfrid Payton From Magic For 2nd Round Pick

    Real GM Basketball "The Orlando Magic have traded Elfrid Payton to the Phoenix Suns for a second round pick. Payton will be a restricted free agent this offseason." February 08

  • Evan Fournier will worry about trade deadline after his nap

    Sportsnaut "The Orlando Magic will probably engage in trade discussions involving Evan Fournier before Thursday’s deadline, but please don’t disturb the shooting guard until he’s taken a mid-day snooze. According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Fournier said the possibility of being traded will..." February 08

  • Rachel Nichols, Katie Nolan to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    Awful Announcing "What do Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Diddy, Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria, Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Bill Walton, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg, Jemele Hill, Michael Smith, Kevin Hart, Drake..." February 08

  • NBA rumors: Teams shifting focus out of trade market and into buyout possibilities

    Clutch Points "Teams have started to shift their focus out of a frenzied trade deadline market, instead focusing on the buyout market soon to ensue, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deadline for contract buyouts is March 1. Just as teams are looking to aggressively sell some of their star and role..." February 08

  • NBA Team Values 2018: Every Club Now Worth At Least $1 Billion "A weeklong selloff wiped out $4 trillion from global stock markets but don't expect the value of NBA teams to suffer. The average team is worth a record $1.65 billion, 22% over last year, and every team is worth at least $1 billion for the first time. Franchise values have tripled over the past..." February 07

  • NBA rumors: Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams headline surplus of wings available at the trade deadline

    USA Today "By the time the NBA trade deadline arrives at 3 pm EST on Thursday, at least a few general managers will be relaying the bad news to their owners. “Well sir, we weren’t able to land that first-round pick for our expendable, talented wing player because it turns out there were quite a few of..." February 07

  • Why patience may be a virtue as NBA trade deadline approaches

    New York Post "There will be buyers, sellers, renters and movers. And there is another group adorning the NBA landscape as Thursday’s trade deadline approaches: The waiters. No, not Dion’s kin or the Restaurant Workers Union, but rather executives around the league waiting to pounce on players bought out,..." February 07

  • Knicks GM interested in trading for Magic point guard he drafted

    New York Post "The Magic are open for business, and it’s no surprise Knicks general manager and former Orlando executive Scott Perry has checked in on his former lottery pick, point guard Elfrid Payton, The Post has learned. According to an NBA source who has spoken to Knicks brass, Perry has interest in..." February 07

  • Michigan State scandal: Adreian Payne, cut from NBA after report, signs in Greece

    CBS Sports "Former Michigan State star Adreian Payne, recently waived by the Orlando Magic, has signed with Panathinaikos of the Greek Basketball League. Payne was waived by the Magic two days after an ESPN report last month detailed sexual assault allegations against former basketball and football players..." February 06

  • Players Who Are Ineligible To Be Traded At Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "At the start of any NBA season, there’s generally a long list of players who can’t be traded. Most of those players signed new contracts during the offseason and subsequently don’t become trade-eligible until at least December 15. Offseason signees who meet certain criteria don’t have their trade..." February 06

  • Elfrid Payton says he doesn’t worry about the upcoming NBA trade deadline

    Orlando Sentinel "Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton insists he doesn’t worry about the upcoming NBA trade deadline and tries not to get swept up in the rumors that inundate social media. “I always feel like God’s got me, so whatever happens, it was meant to happen,” Payton said when asked if he ever..." February 06

  • Report: Aaron Gordon will miss NBA Slam Dunk Contest

    Sportsnaut "Aaron Gordon has become a staple of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, but an injury will prevent the bouncy Orlando Magic forward from competing in the 2018 edition. George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel reports Gordon is dealing with a strained left hip flexor and will not be in the showcase. Per Diaz,..." February 05

  • A major NBA financial crunch is coming

    ESPN "In July 2016, the Portland Trail Blazers signed restricted free agent Meyers Leonard, their backup center, to a four-year, $41 million contract. It was at the tail end of a surge of large contracts given out that summer, the greatest time in NBA history to be a free agent. This summer, the..." February 05

  • Five players most likely to be moved before trade deadline

    Pro Basketball Talk "For all the talk of a tight trade market (and that is still the case in some quarters) we have already seen a blockbuster trade — Blake Griffin is now a Detroit Piston. We’ve also seen an expected trade, with Nikola Mirotic getting moved and the Pelicans stepping up to land him. Who else could..." February 05

  • Magic Exploring Trade Market On Aaron Gordon

    Real GM Basketball "The Orlando Magic have begun to explore the trade market on Aaron Gordon. Gordon will be a restricted free agent this offseason." February 02

  • Sources: NBA Players Set for $100K Bonus for Winning ASG

    Basketball Insiders " In what appears to be an incentive to improve the competitive spirit of the NBA All-Star games, player earnings have been increased, league sources tell ESPN. Each player on the winning team will now receive $100,000 and the losing team pockets $25,000, league sources said." January 29

  • LaVar promoted to head coach of sons' Lithuanian team for tournament finale

    SI "LaVar Ball will act as the head coach of BC Vytautas in the finale of the BBB Showcase Sunday, the team announced. Ball served as an assistant coach for BC Vytautas in Tuesday's game, a 147-142 win over Alytaus Dzukija in which his sons LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball combined to score 80..." January 28

  • Magic waive Adreian Payne in wake of MSU scandal

    Sporting News "The Magic have waived forward Adreian Payne in the wake of the Michigan State sexual assault scandal, according to ESPN. Payne was a two-way player currently on the roster for the Lakeland Magic in the G-League. The former Spartans basketball player was named along with Keith Appling in a..." January 27

  • Nikola Vucevic Hopes He's Not Traded By Magic

    Orlando Sentinel "If you run into Nikola Vucevic these days, you might see him reaching into a rice bucket, playing a video game called “Football Manager” or dribbling a basketball, attempting layups and taking jump shots with assistant coach Corliss Williamson. All of it — the rice bucket forays, the video..." January 26

  • Why There’s Never Been a PED Scandal in the NBA

    Complex "There’s never been a performance-enhancing drug (PED) controversy in the National Basketball Association. That hasn’t been the case for Major League Baseball, or the National Football League, where suspensions and recriminations followed the very best players like a foul fart. Nor have elite..." January 25

  • NBA All-Star Draft not televised due to pushback from players’ union

    Clutch Points "The 2018 NBA All-Star Draft has brought many changes to the usual format in hopes of re-invigorating the spirit of competition. Among them, is the non-televised draft in which the leading vote-getters from each conference; LeBron James and Stephen Curry, will pick among their peers to join their..." January 25

  • NBA Requests New Gambling Laws, Seeks 1 Percent Cut Of Bets

    ESPN "In what could end up being a seminal moment for sports gambling in America, the NBA on Wednesday formally requested a set of laws that could be the basis for professional sports leagues pushing for national legalized wagering on games. Dan Spillane, an attorney for the NBA, testified in front..." January 24

  • Magic were in deep conversations to sign Vince Carter last July

    Clutch Points "The disappointing 2017-18 NBA season for the Orlando Magic continued with their 105-99 loss to the lowly Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. Once again, head coach Frank Vogel was reminded about what could have been, especially after seeing Vince Carter on the opponents’ side. Carter made the decision..." January 24

  • Magic can’t get complacent, Frank Vogel says

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic are playing their best basketball since they opened their season with an 8-4 record. After a narrow loss in Washington in which they shared the ball and played well on offense, they’ve upset the Minnesota Timberwolves, lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers by one point on the road..." January 23

  • Report: Dennis Smith Jr., Aaron Gordon, Victor Oladipo and Larry Nance Jr. to compete in dunk contest

    Pro Basketball Talk "Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. already looked like he was competing in the dunk contest. Apparently, he’ll put those skills to use in the real thing. And so will Aaron Gordon (Magic), Victor Oladipo (Pacers) and Larry Nance Jr. (Lakers)." January 23

  • Nikola Vucevic Starting to Get Strength Back in Broken Hand "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

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