Magic Rumors & News

  • Magic interested in the Blazers’ Terry Stotts if he becomes available

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off the heels of a disappointing four-game sweep in the first round of the playoffs against the New Orleans Pelicans. It has marked the second straight exit in the opening round by way of a sweep for the franchise. This latest discouraging end to the..." April 22

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • Jerry Stackhouse To Interview With Hornets, Magic, Knicks

    Real GM Basketball "The Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic plan on interviewing Jerry Stackhouse. Stackhouse will also interview with the New York Knicks" April 16

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • Aaron Gordon says it would be ideal to get max contract with Magic

    Clutch Points "With Aaron Gordon becoming a restricted free agent this summer, he has set his sights high on what kind of contract he would like to sign. He has made it clear he thinks he is worth a max contract, but ideally, he would like to stick around and play with the Magic. The Magic weren’t able to..." April 12

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Magic fire coach Frank Vogel after two seasons

    ESPN "The Orlando Magic have fired coach Frank Vogel, the team announced Thursday. Vogel was 54-110 in two seasons with the Magic. Orlando's new front office of president Jeff Weltman and general manager John Hammond will begin a search immediately for a new head coach. "We would like to thank..." April 12

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Frank Vogel: I was ‘surprised’ Knicks offered job to Jeff Hornacek instead of me

    New York Daily News "Before they settled on Jeff Hornacek, the Knicks’ front office left the impression they’d offer the coaching job to Frank Vogel. With an unexpected answer Tuesday, Vogel revealed he was “surprised” Phil Jackson and Steve Mills passed him over after their interview in the summer of 2016. It’s..." April 03

  • Jonathan Isaac making most of minutes in injury-riddled season

    Orlando Sentinel "After scoring a career-high 15 points in a 94-88 loss at Atlanta on Sunday night, Jonathan Isaac spent a good 10 minutes in a cold plunge icing down his left ankle in nippy 48-degree water. It is the perfect microcosm of a rookie season for a gifted player who has been a bit fragile as he winds..." April 03

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have been notified of their inductions into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement of the full 2018 Hall of Fame class will come at a Final Four news conference in San..." March 29

  • Rodney Purvis To Sign Two-Year Contract With Magic

    Hoops Rumors "With Rodney Purvis‘ second 10-day contract ending today, the Magic will sign him to a two-year deal, tweets Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. The second year will not carry a guarantee. The 24-year-old shooting guard has appeared in seven games during his 20 days with Orlando, averaging 6.3..." March 28

  • Often inconsistent, Mario Hezonja tries to solidify areas of improvement

    Orlando Sentinel "Mario Hezonja took an ill-advised shot. He understands the error now. Last Thursday, four minutes into the Orlando Magic’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, he caught a pass in transition, hurriedly squared his shoulders and launched a contested 3-pointer from the right wing over Robert..." March 27

  • YouTube TV to become first ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals

    Awful Announcing "Last fall, YouTube TV served as the presenting sponsor for the World Series, plastering its logo all across the Fox broadcast and using a play-button image behind home plate to create the illusion that the entire game was a YouTube video. Now, the streaming service is at it again, having..." March 26

  • Magic expected to fire Frank Vogel

    Pro Basketball Talk "Magic president Jeff Weltman inherited an expensive and bad roster, limiting his options to shape it. He also inherited coach Frank Vogel, and maybe there’s something Weltman will do about that. Marc Stein of The New York Times in his newsletter: Orlando’s ongoing malaise, especially..." March 23

  • Steve Francis arrested for public intoxication

    247 Sports "Steve Francis has fought a battle with alcohol throughout his entire life. Unfortunately, it still appears to be getting the best of him. According to TMZ, Francis was arrested for public intoxication on Sunday night at a hotel in Los Angeles. Ex-NBA star Steve Francis was arrested for..." March 19

  • Frank Vogel’s Job In Jeopardy In Orlando?

    Hoops Rumors "With the Magic wrapping up another lost season, there’s a sense in Orlando that it could be the last one for coach Frank Vogel, writes Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel. Vogel is 50-102 in nearly two full years with the Magic, operating against a background of change. The team replaced GM..." March 18

  • Magic To Sign Rodney Purvis To Second 10-Day Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic plan on signing rookie guard Rodney Purvis to a second 10-day contract, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic. Purvis’ first 10-day deal runs through tonight. Purvis, 24, has appeared in all five games for Orlando during his first 10 days, averaging 3.8 points and 0.6 rebounds..." March 17

  • Jonathon Simmons has found what he wanted in Orlando, with one exception

    Orlando Sentinel "Jonathon Simmons craved a bigger role throughout his first two NBA seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. With Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green entrenched as the Spurs’ starting wings, Simmons typically played a reserve role. Simmons wanted more. More responsibility. More playing time. More..." March 13

  • Rumor: Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker intriguing options for Spurs this summer

    Clutch Points "The San Antonio Spurs could target a few big name free agents this offseason, bolstering their chances to keep their dynasty alive after a dubious season. According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Western Conference powerhouse could have Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon and Milwaukee..." March 13

  • Sidelined by bone bruise, Terrence Ross 'still a ways away' from playing

    Orlando Sentinel "Orlando Magic swingman Terrence Ross is hopeful — but not sure — that he’ll play again this season. Ross has been out since Nov. 29, when he sprained his right knee’s MCL and suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right tibial plateau. He had healed fully, and as the All-Star break..." March 13

  • Aaron Gordon says Magic 'feel cheated' by clock malfunction in loss to Lakers

    CBS Sports "The Orlando Magic are furious -- furious I say -- about a bananas ending against the Los Angeles Lakers that in essence took away any chance for the Magic to pull out a last second win. With less than a second left on the clock (0.6 to be exact) and the Lakers up 108-107, the Magic lobbed an..." March 08

  • Clock malfunction costs Magic chance to take game winner vs. Lakers

    Pro Basketball Talk "It was a strange ending in Los Angeles. The referees followed the rule book — and that screwed the Orlando Magic out of a chance at a game-winner to beat the Lakers. Here’s what happened. After a driving Aaron Gordon bucket had the Magic up by one with 5 seconds left in the game, the Lakers had..." March 08

  • Unwritten Rules No Longer Have A Place In The NBA

    Dime Magazine "Disrespect has become a punchline. It is the word chosen to describe acts done on the basketball court that are increasingly fun for NBA fans. A crossover, a stare down, a heat check three; all moves that can be described as disrespectful without being true to the exact definition of the..." March 06

  • Kings Eyeing Mario Hezonja As Free Agent Target?

    Hoops Rumors "Mario Hezonja, who is playing some of the best basketball of his NBA career as of late, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he’s beginning to look like an intriguing target. According to various reports, the Kings are one team that’s expected to have interest in Hezonja when he..." March 05

  • Magic Sign Rashad Vaughn To Second 10-Day Deal

    Hoops Rumors "After his initial 10-day contract with the team expired Thursday night, the Magic have re-signed Rashad Vaughn, inking him to a second 10-day deal, the team announced today (via Twitter). Vaughn, the 17th overall pick in the 2015 draft, has yet to develop into a reliable rotation player, having..." March 02

  • Magic’s Jonathan Isaac will make his NBA return tonight against Pistons

    Orlando Sentinel "Rookie forward Jonathan Isaac will play in his first NBA game since Dec. 26 when the Orlando Magic host the Detroit Pistons tonight at Amway Center. Magic coach Frank Vogel said he expects to play Isaac around 15 minutes, with Isaac likely entering the game late in the first and third quarters,..." March 02

  • Report: Jerry Stackhouse seen as No. 1 choice to replace Frank Vogel

    Clutch Points "This coming summer’s free agency is expected to be one of the most competitive in NBA history as a number of big name players will be up for grabs, and teams will make their pitches to lure them to join their fold. However, the carousel will not only involve marquee players, as there will be some..." March 01

  • Seattle ownership group wants NBA franchise after NHL expansion bid

    The Score "If the NHL decides to plant its 32nd team in Seattle, expect the ownership group in question to then vie for an NBA franchise. Oak View Group, the organization that has already submitted a $10-million payment to the NHL as part of its bid for an expansion franchise, wants it to be known they..." March 01

  • Adam Silver cautions NBA teams to protect integrity of game

    USA Today "A week after the NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for his public admission of tanking, the race to the bottom has continued in full force. Entering Wednesday, just six games separate the last nine teams in the league — from the New York Knicks on down to the Atlanta Hawks...." February 28

  • NBA Execs Believe Tanking Has Never Never Been More Widespread

    Real GM Basketball "Multiple NBA executives believe the current season features one of the most widespread tanking efforts the league has seen to date. The combination of lottery reform set to begin next year and a top-heavy draft class featuring five to seven prospects has created an atmosphere where eight teams..." February 27

  • Terrence Ross probably a few weeks away from returning

    Orlando Sentinel "If Terrence Ross hadn’t injured his right knee on Nov. 29, he never would’ve needed to find out where to find Orlando Magic games on his cable box. But he learned this season. His injury, a sprained MCL and a non-displaced fracture of his tibial plateau, prevented him from attending games at..." February 26

  • Isaac expected to make his return to NBA court on Wednesday

    247 Sports "Orlando Magic first round selection, forward Jonathan Isaac, returned to the club on Monday in time for their road game at the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he won't suit up for the Magic in that one. Instead, Isaac, who has been sidelined since December and dealt with an injury dating back to..." February 26

  • 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

  • Michele Roberts: Cap smoothing was ‘disgraceful request’ by NBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "In 2016, new national TV contracts pushed the NBA’s salary cap from $70 million to $94.143 million – a larger jump than over the entire previous decade. Free agents cashed in majorly that summer. But now, the cap is leveling off. It went up to just $99.093 million last year and is projected to..." 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

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