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  • NBA Likely To Move Up Start Of July Moratorium

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA is expected to tweak the start date and time of its annual July moratorium, sources tell Tim Bontemps of (Twitter link). According to Bontemps, rather than starting at 12:00 am eastern time on July 1, the moratorium will likely begin six hours earlier, on June 30 at 6:00..." May 15

  • Magic Assistant Hetzel Interviews For Cavs’ Job

    Hoops Rumors "Magic assistant Steve Hetzel interviewed for the Cavaliers coaching position on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. Hetzel has worked under Steve Clifford in both Charlotte and Orlando, but has familiarity with Cleveland. He served as the team’s video coordinator and..." May 11

  • One Trade Every Lottery Team Must Consider If It Wins No. 1 Pick

    Bleacher Report "Whichever team wins the NBA draft lottery on May 14 will focus its attention on Zion Williamson. That organization can also expect phone calls from franchises across the league looking to pry away the No. 1 pick. Regardless of how highly the lottery winner thinks of..." May 08

  • Blockbuster NBA Trades That Should Happen This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The approaching 2019 NBA offseason means attention will soon pivot from reality to fantasy. When the games end, roster reconstruction begins. That means the draft, free agency and, most of all, fanciful trade speculation. Every team has a shot to do something spectacular..." May 07

  • Four potential Nikola Vucevic landing spots in free agency

    Hoops Hype "One of the most productive big men of 2018-19 is set to hit unrestricted free agency this offseason, and, without a doubt, he’ll have a bevy of suitors. Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic had a terrific regular season, averaging 20.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.8..." May 06

  • NBA Free Agents Who Can't Afford to Stay Put This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Before every 2019 NBA free agent ventures into the open market, they'll inevitably be advised of how the grass isn't always greener on the other side. But as that adage concedes, sometimes the grass is greener—maybe dramatically so. A change of..." April 30

  • Breaking down how the Mavericks can add Nikola Vucevic this offseason

    Hoops Hype "The Dallas Mavericks added Kristaps Porzingis to a core with Luka Doncic and have since been linked to Orlando Magic big Nikola Vucevic. Vucevic, 28, is considered a top priority for Orlando this offseason after they made the playoffs. The 7-footer..." April 29

  • Magic's Jeff Weltman: Bringing Nikola Vucevic back a priority

    Orlando Sentinel "Orlando Magic president of operations Jeff Weltman said Thursday the franchise wants to bring back leading scorer and rebounder Nikola Vucevic, who is set to hit free agency. Weltman added a caveat: the all-star center will have numerous..." April 29

  • LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Giannis Top April 2019 NBA Jersey Sales

    Bleacher Report "LeBron James hasn't played any games in April, but that didn't stop him from having the top-selling jersey in the NBA during the month. Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry and Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo rounded out..." April 25

  • Ratings For NBA Playoffs Down In 30 Out Of 33 Windows Compared To 2018

    Real GM Basketball "Television ratings for the 2019 NBA Playoffs have been down significantly during the first window.  Going into Wednesday's doubleheader of Game 5s, ratings and/or viewership have declined for 30 of the 33 playoff windows compared to last season. Twenty-six games have declined..." April 25

  • Nikola Vucevic puts up Shaquille O’Neal-like numbers in Game 3

    Clutch Points "Orlando Magic All-Star big man Nikola Vucevic produced one of the best lines of the evening as he once again led the way for his team in Game 3 of their first round series matchup against the Toronto Raptors. Vucevic accounted for 22 points (on 7-of-13 shooting), two three-pointers,..." April 20

  • Magic swingman Evan Fournier admits he handled his Game 3 struggles ‘poorly’

    Orlando Pinstriped Post "It’s no secret that Evan Fournier has struggled through the first three games of the Orlando Magic’s series against the Toronto Raptors. Fournier has played a team-high 105 minutes in the series, but has struggled to get anything going. His shots have continually come up..." April 20

  • Magic’s Evan Fournier, Nikola Vucevic enjoy support from overseas

    Orlando Sentinel "Veteran Orlando Magic players Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic have their share of fans here in Central Florida. But don’t forget Europe. Fournier, a native of France, and Vucevic, a native of Montenegro, are feeling the support from friends, family and..." April 20

  • Bulls, Suns, Magic would have interest in Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday if he’s made available

    Clutch Points "If the New Orleans Pelicans make point guard Jrue Holiday available in trade talks this summer, the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic would have interest in acquiring him, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News. The Pelicans are widely expected to trade Anthony Davis..." April 20

  • Evan Fournier says ‘we beat ourself’ vs. Toronto; spacing seen as Game 3 key

    Clutch Points "The Orlando Magic are looking to bounce back after a listless and desultory performance against the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the teams’ first-round Eastern Conference matchup. After a thrilling Game 1 win against the Toronto Raptors in which D.J. Augustin went off –..." April 19

  • Raptors’ double-teams a key problem Magic’s Nikola Vucevic must solve

    Clutch Points "Nikola Vucevic is one of the main reasons why the Orlando Magic made the 2019 NBA Playoffs, but the All-Star center was a shadow of his usual self in his last two games. Vucevic is the center of the offensive sets of the Magic, but the Toronto Raptors have done a great job in limiting..." April 19

  • We shouldn’t judge NBA players if they struggle when they’re hurt

    SB Nation "The NBA playoffs define the legacies of great players, yet they’re also when those players often aren’t at their best because of injuries. Many times, we don’t find out about these injuries until months or years after the fact. At that point, those..." April 18

  • Trades to Rescue NBA Superstars Who Missed the Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "Winning is among the main criteria for NBA stardom. If you aren't leading your team to success, typically in the form of playoff trips, you're going to face questions about whether you're really all that good. That way of thinking is reductive, though...." April 16

  • Adam Silver: NBA to Debate Shorter Games, In-Season Tournaments, Load Management

    Bleacher Report "The NBA has seen a few sizable changes in commissioner Adam Silver's era, including a revamp of the All-Star game and draft lottery formats.  However, Silver told reporters that the Association is exploring more seismic changes, including reducing games from 48..." April 12

  • Magic forward Jonathan Isaac clears concussion protocol, can play Toronto to open playoffs

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic will be at full strength for their first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors. The Magic announced late Thursday night that forward Jonathan Isaac cleared concussion protocol and can play against the Raptors..." April 12

  • What changed so suddenly for the Orlando Magic?

    Orlando Pinstriped Post "After losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 29th, it looked as though the Orlando Magic were once again slipping down the all too familiar mid-season black hole. The Magic sat at a season worst 11 games under .500, and had dropped their 11th game in their..." April 09

  • Magic forward Jonathan Isaac will miss finale against Hornets

    Orlando Sentinel "Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac has been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol and will not play in Wednesday’s regular-season finale in Charlotte against the Hornets, according to a team spokesman. Isaac was struck in the jaw during the..." April 09

  • Nikola Vucevic says it’s ‘an amazing feeling’ to make the playoffs with Magic

    Orlando Sentinel "Orlando Magic fans, check out that asterisk next to your team’s name in the Eastern Conference standings. It means your team is going to the NBA playoffs. Yes, you read that right. The Orlando Magic are back in the playoffs. And they got there by earning it..." April 08

  • Nets, Magic Clinch Playoff Spots

    Hoops Rumors "With wins against the Pacers and Celtics, respectively, both the Nets and Magic with make the 2019 NBA Playoffs and end two of the three longest playoff droughts in the Eastern Conference. The Nets had not made the postseason since 2015, when they were led..." April 08

  • Just how bright is the Magic’s future?

    Clutch Points "The Orlando Magic took another step toward clinching a playoff berth on Friday night, thumping the Atlanta Hawks to improve to 40-40 and actually move into sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Of course, that may not be where the Magic end up, because the bottom of the East is very..." April 07

  • NBA tells teams 2020-21 salary cap is $2 million lower than projected

    Clutch Points "The NBA’s salary cap has been steadily rising over the course of the past few years thanks to an extremely lucrative television deal, as well as the league being extraordinarily popular all over the world. Other than Michael Jordan’s heyday, it seems that the NBA right now..." April 05

  • Magic Waive Isaiah Briscoe

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic have officially released injured point guard Isaiah Briscoe, the team announced today in a press release. The move opens a spot on Michael Carter-Williams, who has been re-signed for the rest of the season and will now be playoff-eligible if Orlando..." April 04

  • Magic will sign Michael Carter-Williams for remainder of regular season

    Orlando Sentinel "Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman told the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday that the team will sign reserve point guard Michael Carter-Williams to a contract for the rest of the regular season. Wednesday’s game at Amway Center against the New York Knicks marked..." April 03

  • Aaron Gordon passes Tracy McGrady for 8th place on Orlando Magic rebounds list

    Clutch Points "Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon passed Tracy McGrady on the franchise’s all-time rebounds list in Saturday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers. What made the personal achievement particularly satisfying for Gordon is that he accomplished the feat within a context of..." March 31

  • Nikola Vucevic passes Shaquille O’Neal on Magic’s all-time scoring list "Someday, maybe when he’s old and gray and done with playing basketball, Orlando center Nikola Vucevic is hopeful that he’ll be able to sit with his son, Filip, and thumb through a media guide and show him all the things that he accomplished while wearing Magic..." March 31

  • Aaron Gordon says Magic have a lot of talent, faith

    Clutch Points "The Orlando Magic have not been to the postseason since the 2011-12 season, sitting on the precipice following Saturday’s win over the Indiana Pacers. They remain half a game behind the Miami Heat for both the No. 8 seed and the Southeast Division lead with five games to play on..." March 31

  • Magic have to waive a player for Michael Carter-Williams to be playoff eligible

    Hoops Hype "The Magic signed Carter-Williams to a second 10-day contract on Monday, and it appears certain the team will sign him for the remainder of the season when that contract expires on Apr. 4. If Orlando makes the playoffs, the Magic would have to waive someone for Carter-Williams to be..." March 31

  • Magic’s Nikola Vucevic on Kings’ free-agency wish list?

    Amico Hoops "The Sacramento Kings have Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic on their radar, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic. “I know he’s a target, and I know that it will likely require the max,” Amick wrote in a reader mailbag. Vucevic, 28,..." March 28

  • Magic Sign Michael Carter-Williams To 2nd 10-Day Contract

    Real GM Basketball "The Orlando Magic have signed Michael Carter-Williams to a second 10-day contract. Carter-Williams signed his initial 10-day contract with Orlando on Mar. 15. Carter-Williams has appeared in three games with the Magic, averaging 3.0 ppg., 4.7 rpg. and 2.3 apg. in 16.4 minpg...." March 25

  • B.J. Johnson Returns To G League

    Hoops Rumors "B.J. Johnson, whose second 10-day contract with the Hawks expired on Friday, has rejoined the Magic’s G League affiliate, tweets Adam Johnson of 2 Ways and 10 Days. The Lakeland Magic added Johnson to take the place of Anthony Brown, who suffered a season-ending injury. Johnson..." March 24

  • Gilbert Arenas will play for and captain the “Enemies” BIG3 team

    Bullets Forever "In February, Gilbert Arenas announced that he will play for the BIG3 Basketball League this summer. The BIG3 is a 3x3 league that features many recently retired NBA players and is quickly gaining popularity. It is founded in part by rapper and actor Ice Cube. Since..." March 22

  • Report: Markelle Fultz is moving rehab from L.A. to Orlando

    Pro Basketball Talk "Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford has already said that former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz is not expected back on the court this season. Fultz was traded back in February from the Philadelphia 76ers to his new home in Central Florida. Now it appears that Fultz will..." March 20

  • Markelle Fultz In Good Spot To Redeem Career

    Hoops Rumors "Markelle Fultz is still not practicing with the team. There remains no timetable for his return and with the playoffs still in reach for the Magic, it would be surprising if he plays for his new team at all this season. Fultz is moving his rehab from California where he has spent the..." March 19

  • Michael Carter-Williams Embracing His Latest Opportunity

    Hoops Rumors "Michael Carter-Williams is on his fifth team since becoming the No. 11 overall pick out of Syracuse back in 2013. His latest team, the Magic, needed point guard help and he needed an opportunity. On Friday, a day 10-contract was printed and signed. “I don’t know how many..." March 18

  • Magic sign Michael Carter-Williams to 10-day deal

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard Michael Carter-Williams to a 10-day contract, the team announced Friday. The 6-foot-6 Carter-Williams made one start in his 16 appearances this season with the Houston Rockets. He averaged 4.3 points and 1.3 assist in 9.1 minutes per..." March 15

  • Knicks, Hawks, Suns Carrying Most 2018/19 Dead Money

    Hoops Rumors "All but two of the NBA’s 30 teams are carrying some sort of “dead money” on their salary cap for 2018/19. This dead money is created as a result of having, at some point, waived a player who had guaranteed money left on his contract (or having 10-day contracts..." March 12

  • Isaiah Briscoe Undergoing Surgery To Repair Torn Meniscus

    Hoops Rumors "Magic backup point guard Isaiah Briscoe will undergo arthroscopic surgery this Wednesday to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee, the team announced today (via Twitter). According to the club, there’s no set timeline for Briscoe’s recovery — his return to..." March 11

  • Potential Mavericks free-agent target Nikola Vucevic praises Luka Doncic, Dirk Nowitzki

    Sports Day "It was an at-times emotional night for Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic, but not because Friday night's opponent, Dallas, is rumored to be one of free-agent-to-be Vucevic's potential destinations this summer. Mostly, it was emotional because Serbian Vucevic grew up in..." March 09

  • Report: NBA ticket sales down slightly this season

    Larry Brown Sports "The landscape of the NBA changed quite dramatically last offseason when LeBron James decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. While it may be a coincidence, that has not resulted in an increased level of interest in the league. In a recent conversation with Bill Simmons of The..." March 08

  • Magic President Jeff Weltman: Markelle Fultz 'in a Very Good Place' While Still Rehabbing Shoulder

    SI "Orlando Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman told Josh Robbins of The Athletic that Markelle Fultz is "making significant progress" while rehabbing his shoulder in Los Angeles currently. Fultz, who was acquired by the Magic at the trade..." March 08

  • Adam Silver Admitted Shorter Contracts Have Given Star Players Too Much Power

    Dime Magazine "Adam Silver sat down with The Ringer’s Bill Simmons for a wide-ranging chat about the state of the NBA at the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and was surprisingly candid about the biggest challenges his league faces in 2019. Right off the bat, Silver made a somewhat..." March 07

  • Adam Silver Says ‘A Lot’ Of NBA Players Are ‘Generally Unhappy’

    NESN "Speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver gave a sobering answer about the mental health of players in the league. As part of an hour-long panel with The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Silver said that a lot of the players he interacts..." March 05

  • Magic coach Steve Clifford: Markelle Fultz likely is done for season

    Sporting News "The Markelle Fultz experiment in Orlando likely will have to wait until next season. Magic coach Steve Clifford told SiriusXM NBA Radio Monday that Fultz probably won't suit up for the team this season due to his injured shoulder. "I don't think so,"..." March 04

  • NBA Hasn't Received Demand To Increase Jersey Sponsorship Patch Size

    Sports Business Daily "The NBA’s jersey patch program is more than halfway through its three-season test and the results are clear: It’s a slam dunk. As the league continues to search for new revenue, the patch program has delivered, generating more than $150 million. And 20 of the 29 team patch..." February 27

  • NBA Rumors: Magic in no rush to play Markelle Fultz

    Clutch Points "The Orlando Magic are reportedly in no rush to play second-year point guard Markelle Fultz, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders. The Magic acquired Fultz from the Philadelphia 76ers at the NBA trade deadline. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017..." February 27