Magic Rumors & News

  • Magic To Interview Steve Clifford

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic’s long, deliberate search for a new head coach will continue this week, as the team is set to interview former Hornets coach Steve Clifford, league sources tell Marc Stein of The New York Times (Twitter link). Clifford, who was let go by Charlotte at..." May 24

  • Tom Izzo Won't Be Orlando's Next Head Coach

    Bleacher Report "Tom Izzo reportedly won't leave Michigan State University to become the new head coach of the Orlando Magic, according to Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal. Michael Scotto of The Athletic reported earlier Thursday that the Magic expressed interest in hiring Izzo to..." May 24

  • James Harden, LeBron James headline 2017-18 All-NBA First Team

    Sporting News "The NBA on Thursday announced James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant have been named to the 2017-18 All-NBA First Team. May 24

  • Magic Have 'Expressed Interest' in Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo

    Bleacher Report "The Orlando Magic are reportedly interested in hiring one of the most successful coaches in the college basketball ranks to fill their head coaching vacancy for the 2018-19 campaign and beyond. According to Michael Scotto of The Athletic, the Magic "expressed..." May 24

  • Gobert, Davis, Oladipo, Holiday, Covington On 2018 NBA All-Defensive Team

    Real GM Basketball "Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans lead the 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive First Team. Gobert was voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the second year in a row, as selected by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.  The..." May 23

  • Glen 'Big Baby' Davis Arrested For Felony Assault After Surrendering

    The Big Lead "TMZ is reporting that former NBA player Glen Davis has been arrested for felony assault with intent to cause a great bodily injury. After almost hitting a man with his car, Davis slammed him on to concrete after the victim confronted the former Boston..." May 23

  • Mitchell, Simmons Voted Unanimous All-Rookie First Teamers

    SLAM Online "Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Sixers guard Ben Simmons were voted as unanimous NBA All-Rookie First Team selections, the NBA announced on Tuesday. Celtics wing Jayson Tatum would have been unanimous First-Team, if not for one Second-Team..." May 22

  • NBA playoffs mired in worst pre-Finals competitive-game drought ever

    Pro Basketball Talk "Exciting games. Clutch plays. Close finishes. Remember those? The NBA playoffs have hit a lull. It has been 11 days since the last game decided by fewer than 10 points. Longer competitive-game droughts have occurred – though not many, and never before..." May 22

  • After disappointing lottery result, the Magic must make their own luck

    Orlando Sentinel "On April 13, 2017, the day he fired General Manager Rob Hennigan and Assistant General Manager Scott Perry, Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martinsacknowledged that the franchise received no good fortune in the draft lottery during Hennigan’s tenure. “Some..." May 18

  • 2018 NBA Draft Picks By Team

    Hoops Rumors "While the Sixers were knocked out of the 2018 playoffs in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the underdog Celtics, few teams are better positioned in this year’s draft than Philadelphia. The 76ers own six of the 60 picks in the 2018 NBA draft, including a pair of..." May 17

  • Magic reportedly eyeing Kelvin Sampson as head coach

    Sporting News "The Magic are keeping their search for a new head coach very close to the vest, but they may be favoring a man from the college ranks. According to the New York Times, there is a growing belief around the NBA that the Magic are favoring Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson..." May 16

  • NBA Owners To Gain From Legalized Sports Betting, Players Could Be Next

    Hoops Rumors "New Jersey is expected to offer sports bets by the end of the month and many states will likely open up their own shops in the coming months. It’s a huge win for the gambling community and those in the gaming industry, but it’s also a huge win for owners of NBA..." May 16

  • Here Are The Odds For Every Team (And Every Pick) In The 2018 NBA Draft Lottery

    Dime Magazine "The 2018 NBA Draft order will finally be set on Tuesday night when the league completes its annual Draft Lottery to determine who gets the first 14 picks of the first round. The Phoenix Suns hold the top spot in the lottery, earning themselves a 25 percent at landing the top pick, but..." May 15

  • Magic hope to find luck in 2018 NBA Draft Lottery with help from Lil' Penny

    Orlando Sentinel "A daughter’s toy wooden pig. A nephew’s fidget spinner. A daughter’s Lego figure. Orlando Magic officials have brought all sorts of good-luck charms with them to the NBA Draft Lottery the last five years. None of those trinkets worked —..." May 15

  • Magic To Interview Ime Udoka For Coaching Job

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic are scheduled to interview Spurs assistant Ime Udoka for their head coaching job this week, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter). Udoka, a former NBA player for the Lakers, Knicks, Trail Blazers, and Spurs, transitioned to coaching in 2012 following his retirement. He has..." May 01

  • Magic To Interview David Fizdale

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic will add David Fizdale to their pool of head coaching candidates, Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel writes, the two parties have a forthcoming interview scheduled. Fizdale will have at least one leg up on other reported candidates in that he’s served as a head coach in the NBA..." May 01

  • Orlando Magic will interview David Vanterpool for their coaching vacancy

    Orlando Sentinel "In the first overt sign of movement in the Orlando Magic’s coaching search, the team has received permission from the Portland Trail Blazers to interview Trail Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool, an NBA source confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel. Vanterpool, 45, has worked for the Blazers..." April 28

  • Report: NBA eyeing 2020 as earliest draft allowing high schoolers

    Sportsnaut "Although it feels inevitable the NBA will eliminate the one-and-done rule, the change isn’t expected to happen for next year’s class of high school prospects. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, conversations between the NBA and Players’ Association have centered on 2020 as the “earliest..." April 25

  • 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

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