Magic Rumors & News

  • Report: NFL Owners Asked Adam Silver About Becoming Commissioner

    SLAM Online "NFL owners reportedly reached out to Adam Silver to gauge his interest in succeeding Roger Goodell as commissioner of the league. According to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr and Seth Wickersham, Silver immediately declined. [NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] knows that there’s no clear successor,..." November 17

  • Adam Silver, Michele Roberts Meet with Commission to Discuss One-and-Done Rule

    Bleacher Report "The NBA could be one step closer to changing its heavily debated "one-and-done" rule. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball Thursday to discuss possible changes. There is..." November 17

  • NBA Players Increasingly Switching To Plant-Based Diet

    Real GM Basketball "Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made a switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet over the past year or so. "Been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that," Irving told..." November 15

  • Cavs, LBJ Attempted To Add Jonathon Simmons In Free Agency

    Hoops Rumors "Jonathon Simmons believes he can be an elite player in the league and that mindset forced him to say no to LeBron James when the 4-time MVP attempted to bring him to Cleveland. “I even talked to LeBron James over the phone, and he was like, ‘We want you in Cleveland.’ And I said, ‘No, I want to..." November 15

  • Aaron Gordon would accept invite to 2018 dunk contest

    Clutch Points "Aaron Gordon’s 2017 run in the Slam Dunk Contest left every fan disappointed after seeing the young, springy forward go toe-to-toe with then-champion Zach LaVine for one of the most memorable competitions in recent memory in the 2016 edition. But that isn’t keeping him from accepting a potential..." November 14

  • USA Basketball Announces Roster For First World Cup Qualifiers

    Hoops Rumors "USA Basketball has announced its 12-man roster for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, bringing back four members of the squad that won gold earlier this year in FIBA’s AmeriCup tournament. Here’s Team USA’s full 12-man roster: Semaj Christon, PG..." November 14

  • Magic don’t anticipate D.J. Augustin playing on their road trip

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic likely will have just two healthy point guards available for the next week or so. D.J. Augustin, who strained his left hamstring on Nov. 1 in Memphis, probably won’t be able to play during the Magic’s four-game road trip to the West Coast, which will begin Friday night in..." November 09

  • Are the Orlando Magic actually legitimately good?

    Clutch Points "The Orlando Magic have sprinted out of the gate to open up the NBA season. Not only are they 6-4, including wins versus San Antonio, at Cleveland, and at Memphis, but they boast the 18th-best Offensive Rating (105.3) and the fifth best defensive rating (100.9) in the league. Now, I don’t think the..." November 07

  • Nike 'working to implement a solution' after string of jersey tears

    ESPN "After at least five of Nike's NBA jerseys ripped on players this season, the world's largest shoe and apparel giant has acknowledged it will make substantive changes. The company, which signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the NBA that began this year, said in a statement provided to ESPN..." November 07

  • Mario Hezonja's Contract Option Reportedly Won't Be Picked Up by Magic

    Bleacher Report "The Orlando Magic reportedly decided Tuesday to decline Mario Hezonja's fourth-year team option for the 2018-19 season, according to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski. Citing league sources, Wojnarowski added the Magic "had discussed several trade scenarios in the past several months, including..." October 31

  • Magic, Kings Discussed Mario Hezonja Trade

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic are exploring the trade market for Mario Hezonja with the deadline looming on his 2018/19 option, reports Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link). Orlando will have to decide today whether or not to exercise Hezonja’s fourth-year option for next season, which has a cap..." October 31

  • David Stern says NBA should take marijuana off ban list

    Oregonian "Former NBA commissioner David Stern says he thinks the league should remove marijuana from its list of banned substances. In an interview from a documentary for Uninterrupted, Stern talked with ex-NBA player Al Harrington, who has become a marijuana entrepreneur since he retired in..." October 25

  • NBA Viewership On ESPN Is Way Up Through The First Handful Of Games This Season

    Dime Magazine "TV ratings in many sports have seen a drop in recent months for a wide variety of reasons. But the NBA has had a strong start to its 2017-18 season on at least one network. ESPN reported on Tuesday that viewership numbers for the start of the season have gone up to start the new NBA season...." October 25

  • There is no Magic formula: Orlando's new front office explains its patient plan

    CBS Sports "Five years removed from their last playoff appearance and goodness knows how far away from their next one, the Orlando Magic flipped their front office. Out went general manager Rob Hennigan, who was hired at age 30, and in came president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman and GM John..." October 25

  • Elfrid Payton could miss several games with 'mild to moderate' hamstring strain

    Number Fire "Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton has a "mild to moderate strain" of his left hamstring, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. What It Means: This isn't all that surprising given the nature of Payton's injury and the movement involved in the day-to-day of professional..." October 21

  • Magic F Jonathan Isaac was so nervous to make NBA debut he forgot to put on jersey

    Larry Brown Sports "Jonathan Isaac may have had some slight butterflies prior to making his NBA debut on Wednesday against the Miami Heat. In a video shared to Twitter by Orlando Magic teammate Bismack Biyombo on Friday, the rookie forward sat on the bench for the team’s season opener having forgotten to wear a..." October 20

  • Welcome to the NBA, rookie: Jonathan Isaac forgets to wear Magic jersey in debut

    CBS Sports "Jonathan Isaac was really excited for the first game of his NBA career. Like, really excited for it. Everybody knows about those first-game jitters young players go through and it was no different for the 20-year-old who was taken with the sixth overall pick in last summer's draft by the Magic...." October 19

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Magic's Gordon: 'I'm looking to be the best in the NBA at some point'

    NBA.com "From the first day of training camp all the way to Friday’s preseason finale, Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon promised that his focus would remain affixed on the process and not so much the results. Whether Gordon got a contract extension, whether he had a big individual jump in his..." October 15

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • Contract extensions unlikely for Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic’s new front office must make two major decisions over the next few days. Should the team sign Aaron Gordon or Elfrid Payton to contract extensions? Under league rules for former first-round picks entering their fourth seasons, the Magic have until Monday to sign Gordon or..." October 13

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • Tracy McGrady rejoins Magic as special assistant to CEO

    Orlando Sentinel "Tracy McGrady has rejoined the Orlando Magic. The two-time NBA scoring champion and seven-time All-Star signed on to become a special assistant to CEO Alex Martins, the Orlando Sentinel has learned. McGrady grew up in Polk County, and he’ll help promote and market the new Lakeland Magic G..." October 06

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • For the Magic to have expectations, they'll need to build expectations first

    CBS Sports "The Magic's new front office has not really put its mark on the roster. Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier are still around as the core built by dismissed general manager Rob Hennigan -- the same young players with whom Orlando fans spent years trying to stay..." October 04

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • Brian Hill, John Gabriel return to Magic with mix of knowledge, nostalgia

    Orlando Sentinel "Class reunions can be awkward as the turntable plays a nostalgic melody and you hope your arthritic knee doesn’t give out on the dance floor. But if you look at the Orlando Magic yearbooks over the decades, it seems that Brian Hill and John Gabriel never really left. Hill has lived in the area..." October 02

  • Multiple players cut ties with top NBA agent in wake of NCAA basketball bribe scandal

    ESPN "In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA's most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told..." September 29

  • Adam Silver says NCAA scandal is “disconcerting to say the least”

    Pro Basketball Talk "So far, the bribery scandal rocking NCAA men’s basketball has not directly touched the NBA. Yes, former NBA Rookie of the Year Chuck Person was one of the people arrested, and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller reportedly had his office raided by the FBI (one of the people arrested in the probe was a..." September 29

  • NBA Releases Future Salary Cap Projections

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has informed teams that it expects the 2018/19 salary cap to be $101MM, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The league also said that they forecast the 2019/20 figure to be $108MM, although both figures are subject to change. The modest $2MM increase is a stark contrast from what..." September 29

  • NBA Approves Lottery Reform, Change Effective 2019

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Board of Governors passed a motion to reform the draft lottery today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The new rules will be in place for the 2019 NBA Draft. Modifications to the lottery process were originally proposed earlier this month and include a number of strategies aimed at..." September 28

  • High-profile NBA agency raided by FBI amid NCAA basketball investigation

    CBS Sports "Amid an FBI probe into fraud and corruption in college basketball, ASM Sports agency, which represents dozens of current and former NBA players, was raided on Tuesday according to Darren Heitner of Forbes. Andy Miller, a prominent agent with the company who represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle..." September 27

  • 9 NBA storylines to distract from Warriors’ supremacy

    New York Post "The lying began in earnest Monday. That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title. They were lying. “It’s not uncommon this..." September 26

  • NBA Modifies Closeout, Continuation Rules

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has decided to re-evaluate how it handles two particular fouling situations, Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press writes, and two players will see their names live on in notoriety as a result. In what can colloquially be referred to as the Zaza Pachulia rule, officials will be granted..." September 22

  • Converse to release shoes made from authentic NBA jerseys

    Sportsnaut "Converse is getting back into the NBA game. We all remember just how big this shoe company was in the 1980s and early 1990s, with multiple stars sporting the iconic brand. Now, as shoe deals and apparel contracts take on a whole new meaning, Converse itself will release sneakers made from..." September 21

  • NBA's hope for draft lottery reform tied to research showing fans hate tanking

    ESPN "The NBA's pursuit of draft lottery reform is rooted in research that "many fans continue to say that so-called tanking is making them less interested in the league," president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN. Lottery reform is moving toward a Sept. 28 vote at the NBA's board of..." September 21

  • Charles Barkley Ripped The ‘Babies’ In The NBA That Want More Rest Between Games

    Uproxx "Charles Barkley is on the same side as all the other Olds that once played in the NBA. The latest generation of NBA stars are lazy, lack grit and are just generally whiny, at least that’s what all the retired players think. Barkley reiterated that point on Wednesday when he was asked about players..." September 20

  • 14 NBA Teams Lost Money in 2016-17

    SLAM Online "As many as 14 NBA teams lost money last season before accounting for revenue sharing, according to an ESPN report. Five of those teams—Memphis, Charlotte, Indiana, Milwaukee and Utah—have reportedly received at least $15 million in payouts each of the past four seasons. After revenue sharing..." September 19

  • Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA's game officials

    ESPN "Bob Delaney, the NBA's Vice President for Referee's Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league's game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA's referees, integrating searching more..." September 18

  • NBA Releases ‘I’m Why’ Commercials To Preview the 2017-18 Season

    SLAM Online "With a series of new documentary-style commercials, the NBA launched the next chapter of the “This Is Why We Play” campaign on Monday. The new series entitled “I’m Why” portrays the unique perspectives that make NBA basketball special. " September 18

  • ACL injury in NBA athletes not associated with number of minutes played

    Healio "Results published in Orthopedics showed the risk for ACL injury among players did not increase with the number of minutes played in a single National Basketball Association game. To determine the influence of minutes played on injury risk, researchers assessed minutes played in the injury game,..." September 18

  • Let’s Not Forget About How Bad the Orlando Magic Are

    The Sports Post "Expected Conference Ranking: 12th Best Move of the Offseason: Remember Rob Hennigan’s whiteboard? Look at all of the bad players on that board. If you Voltron’d up that board you might not win the Sun Belt Conference. The Lakers would trade Luol Deng for cholera right now and Hennigan still..." September 16

  • Report: NBA commissioner may soon have power to fine teams for resting players

    CBS Sports "The NBA may soon have new rules for the draft lottery. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday that the competition committee has sent the reform proposal through to the Board of Governors, who will vote on the issue at the end of September. Much of the focus of that report is on the..." September 15

  • Report: Magic promised to draft Kristaps Porzingis in 2014

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kristaps Porzingis initially entered the 2014 NBA draft, and the Magic – who held the No. 12 pick (which they ultimately used to trade up for No. 10 pick Elfrid Payton) – tried to entice him to remain in the draft. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN: They tried to get Porzingis to stay in the draft..." September 15

  • Report: NBA Would Prefer Teams Lie About Injuries

    Deadspin "Adrian Wojnarowski has another scoop related to an upcoming NBA board of governors meeting, during which potential rule changes will be voted on, and this one makes the league look pretty stupid This is in response to the occasional fits the league gets thrown into when a (not coincidentally)..." September 15

  • NBA board of governors to vote on draft lottery reform Sept. 28

    ESPN "The NBA's Competition Committee has recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform, sending it to the board of governors for a vote on Sept. 28, league sources told ESPN. The draft reform changes would start with the 2019 Draft, if passed by the board of governors. Among proposed..." September 15

  • NBA lottery changes would be nice, but will not fix the league's real problem

    CBS Sports "The NBA lottery system is again under scrutiny, and it looks like this time, there may be some real change. A report last week from ESPN outlined myriad changes the competition committee and NBA Board of Governors were to examine this week to the NBA's system for determining draft order. Among..." September 12

  • Proposal for NBA draft lottery reform to disincentivize tanking, set even odds for worst teams

    USA Today "When the NBA’s competition committee meets to discuss lottery reform later this week, it will be presented with a proposal designed to disincentivize the race for the league’s worst record and best odds to win the draft lottery. The proposal has three main elements, four people with direct..." September 11

  • Magic Re-Sign Damjan Rudez

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic have re-signed 31-year-old forward Damjan Rudez, the team announced in a press release." September 07

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