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MAGIC RUMORS & GOSSIP

Magic acquire Shabazz Napier from Heat

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic have acquired guard Shabazz Napier and cash considerations from Miami in exchange for a conditional 2016 second round draft pick, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced Monday. Napier (6'1", 175, 7/14/91) played in 51 games as a rookie last season, averaging 5.1 ppg. and 2.5 apg. in 19.8 minpg., while shooting 36.4 percent from three-point range...
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Victor Oladipo says mental part of his game is what he needs to improve the most

LAS VEGAS -- Victor Oladipo showed significant improvement in just his second NBA season, primarily due to being more comfortable with the game as a regular fixture in the Orlando Magic starting lineup.Most young players target the offseason as a time to work on individual on-court skills, in order to become even more of a threat by the time the regular season rolls around. So what...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic: Shabazz Napier Trade Grade

(Feb. 22, 2015 – Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America) By Josh Morgan: VP and Director of Content at Hoopstuff… Magic Trade: Future Protected 2nd Round Pick Magic Receive: Shabazz Napier With the Heat looking to shave their luxury tax bill down, they were reportedly aggressive in finding a trade partner for Napier (as well as Mario Chalmers) and earlier today they...
Via HoopStuff
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Canada and Andrew Nicholson Claim Silver at Pan Am Games

Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson and the Canadian national team had to settle for the silver medal on Saturday in the Pan Am Games senior men’s basketball final. They fell to Brazil 86-71. Nicholson tallied 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting (1-of-2 on triples) and 3 rebounds. Canada as a whole shot a terrible 32% from the field including 6-of-24 on triples. Just not the ideal...
Via Magic Basketball Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Heat trade Shabazz Napier to the Magic

So much for former first-round pick Shabazz Napier being the future of the point guard position with the Miami Heat. A little over a year after trading up for him in the first round of the 2014 NBA draft, the Heat have reportedly traded the former NCAA Tournament hero to the Orlando Magic for a future second round pick. Yahoo Sources: Orlando finalizing deal for Miami's Shabazz...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic: the next Golden State Warriors?

They may never be mentioned as one of the all-time great teams, but the Golden State Warriors have forever altered the trajectory of the NBA. Not because of what they did but how they did it, and with the Warriors serving as a template of inspiration, the Orlando Magic is primed to become the NBA’s next great team. It sounds like the beginning of a drunken stupor that Orlando is...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nicholson’s 31 Points and 10 Rebounds Carry Canada to Gold Medal Game

Don’t tell me the Pan Am Games don’t matter. Look at those faces full of emotion. Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson has an opportunity to win his first medal in international play. That’s because the 25-year-old tallied a remarkable 31 points and 10 rebounds in a 111-108 overtime semifinals victory over Team USA on Friday at the Pan Am Games. Nicholson shot 12-of-20...
Via Magic Basketball Online
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nicholson with 11 Points and 10 Boards; Canada Ends Pool B Play 3-0

Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson notched yet another Pam Am Games double-double as Canada concluded Pool B play 3-0 following a comfortable 96-76 victory over Mexico. Canada didn’t need to win this contest – having locked up a semifinals spot – so coach Jay Triano only played Nicholson 18 minutes. Still, Andrew racking up an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double is respectable...
Via Magic Basketball Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew Nicholson playing big minutes for Team Canada

Andrew Nicholson got lots of playing time as a rookie with the Magic. Once he aged, his burn became more sparse. Now, his playing time isn't even inconsistent anymore; it's nonexistent. But that doesn't mean Nicholson, a member of the Canadian national team, is struggling to get minutes everywhere he plays. From Alykan Ravjiani of the Vancouver Province:Nicholson averaged 4.9 points...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon fractures jaw 'horsing around' with bro

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon fractured his jaw 'horsing around' with older brother Drew Gordon, according to the Orlando Sentinel in a report that ran Friday:Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon underwent surgery Tuesday in California to repair a fractured jaw and is expected to return by the start of the regular season, according to team spokesman Joel Glass.Glass said Gordon...
Via Bob's Blitz
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Gordon fractures jaw horsing around with brother

For high-flying Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon, a couple of bumps and bruises here and there are to be expected, perhaps as he hurls himself at the rim or rises up to send an opponent’s shot sailing into the third row. Fracturing a jaw horsing around with an older brother probably does not fall into...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Nikola Vucevic to play in NBA Africa Game

The NBA will be playing a game in South Africa on Aug. 1, and apparently, Nikola Vucevic will be participating.From Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:Vucevic isn't the only member of the Magic involved in the event. Magic trainer Keon Weise will also be the trainer for Team World.The NBA has made an initiative to expand its reach into African countries. Of course, there are already...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic: Jason Smith and CJ Watson Signing Grades

(March 5, 2015 – Source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America) By Christopher Kline: Staff Writer at Hoopstuff… The Orlando Magic continued their relatively quiet free agency period with the attainment of two quality bench pieces, adding big man Jason Smith and backup point guard CJ Watson to their reserves. After trading away Luke Ridnour and losing Kyle O’Quinn to New York...
Via HoopStuff
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Reviewing The Orlando Summer League

The 2015 Orlando Summer League wrapped up on Friday with the Memphis Grizzlies winning the championship over the Orlando Magic White squad in double overtime. RealGM's All-Tournament Team Russ Smith, Memphis Grizzlies STATS: 5 GP, 14.8 PPG, 6.2 APG, 3.2 SPG Memphis won the Orlando Summer League behind the play of Smith, who had the game-winning floater in double overtime to...
Via RealGM - NBA
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic to Rest Summer League Stars Gordon, Hezonja, Payton

With all eyes glued to “Emojigate” on Wednesday afternoon, the Orlando Magic announced that they’d be resting their three most important Summer League players for the final two games of the tournament. Arguably the MVP of the Orlando Summer League – don’t forget, we have summer action taking place in Utah and Las Vegas this month as well – Aaron Gordon will be joined...
Via Crossover Chronicles
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic acquire draft option, cash from Knicks in exchange for O'Quinn

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic have acquired the option to swap second round draft picks in 2019 and cash consideration from New York in exchange for forward/center Kyle O'Quinn in a sign-and-trade deal, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced Thursday. O'Quinn played in 51 games (17 starts) last season with Orlando, averaging 5.8 ppg., 3.9 rpg. and 1.2 apg. in 16.2 minpg. He...
Via Fox Sports Florida
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic Rookie Mario Hezonja Throws Down Poster Dunk in Summer League (video)

Picked immediately after human stick figure Kristaps Porzingis in the 2015 NBA Draft, Croatian sensation Mario Hezonja of the Orlando Magic showed out at the NBA Summer League today with a ridiculous poster dunk.  Check out Hezonja throw it down with no regard for human life: Oh, and if you’re curious, the Knicks’ Porzingis continues to sit out with a hip injury. The post Orlando...
Via Total Sports Blog
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Mario Hezonja putting on show for Magic in Summer League (Video)

Choosing flashy Croatian forward Mario Hezonja fifth overall in last month’s NBA Draft was a risk. But if the opening days of Summer League are any indication, it’s a risk the Orlando Magic were completely justified in taking. Hezonja is already building his campaign for Rookie of the Year in early July. In the Magic’s...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Magic will sign Tobias Harris to 4-year deal

The Orlando Magic missed out on top target Paul Millsap, but they’re not letting Plan B skip town. According to RealGM’s Shams Charania, the Magic have agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract with restricted free agent Tobias Harris. Tobias Harris agreed on a four-year, $64 million deal with Orlando, league sources tell RealGM. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July...
Via Sportsnaut
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Mario Hezonja Offers the Orlando Magic Plenty of Versatility and Confidence

ORLANDO, FL – MARCH 27: Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Orlando Magic grabs a rebound against the Detroit Pistons on March 27, 2015 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice:...
Via The Sports Journal
27 days ago  |  Discuss

What can Mario Hezonja do for the Orlando Magic?

Faced with the opportunity to make the fifth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic selected the sharpshooting Mario Hezonja from Barcelona.  In doing so, Hezonja became the highest-ever drafted Croatian, edging out Peja Stojaković who was drafted 14th in 1996. At first glance, Hezonja appears like the poster child for your typical European player: tall, lanky, talented...
Via isportsweb.com
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Mario Hezonja ready to make an impact for the Orlando Magic

During the 2015 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic made another move toward rebuilding their organization. With the No. 5 overall pick the Magic decided to choose a player they were confident could make an immediate impact on the team. The Magic looked far and wide for a player they felt would be the most appropriate choice. They chose Mario Hezonja with their first pick in the draft....
Via isportsweb.com
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Same Old Front Office Mentality Keeping the Magic from Turning the Corner

The Orlando Magic hired Scott Skiles to become the franchise’s 12th head coach since its inception back in 1989. In a vacuum, the hiring of Skiles isn’t necessarily that bad. Adding a former player with extensive previous head-coaching experience can’t be seen as a bad thing for a young squad. After all, Skiles did take his teams to the playoffs in six of his 13 years as a...
Via Sportsnaut
May 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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