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MAGIC RUMORS & GOSSIP

Magic Employees Contribute 6,000+ Community Service Hours

Photo taken by Gary Bassing The Orlando Magic Volunteer Program (MVP) contributed 6,270 hours of community service for the 2014-2015 season (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) surpassing the goal of 6,000 hours as an organization for the 9th straight year! More than 220 employees (full-time, part-time, interns, players, and coaches) participated in numerous events throughout the year...
Via Magic Basketball Online
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Magic guarantee Dewayne Dedmon for 2015-16

Dewayne Dedmon played 59 games for the Magic this past season, and it appears there will be more in his future. From Dan Feldman of NBC Sports:Dedmon went undrafted out of USC, but will stick around to back up fellow former Trojan, Nikola Vucevic. At only 25 years old, he's young and athletic enough to make a difference in limited minutes. He's not the best offensive player, but...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nikola Vucevic Enjoyed Helping the NBA in South Africa

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images Orlando Magic big man Nikola Vucevic had an eventful 4 days in Johannesburg, South Africa as the Montenegrin donated his services to a great NBA initiative. It was more than just playing the first NBA game ever on the African continent. It was bringing good to African communities in great need as well as helping with the Basketball Without...
Via Magic Basketball Online
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic 2015 Offseason Grade

The Magic made a number of small, but smart decisions this summer. In: Scott Skiles (head coach – free agency), Tobias Harris (re-signed), Jason Smith (power forward/center – free agency), C.J. Watson (point guard – free agency), Shabazz Napier (point guard – obtained via trade with MIA), Mario Hezonja (guard/forward – selected fifth overall in 2015 NBA Draft), Keith...
Via The Lottery Mafia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

When The Magic Is Gone: The Curtain Closes For Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Paulie Malignaggi looks on after loosing to Danny Garcia following their welterweight bout at Barclays Center on Aug. 1 in Brooklyn; Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images There was a moment Saturday during the post-fight interview after his 9th round technical knockout loss to Danny Garcia where Paulie Malignaggi began to choke back tears. The Brooklyn crowd, many of...
Via The Queensbury Rules
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Orlando Magic make the playoffs?

With arguably one of the three best young cores in the NBA, the Orlando Magic will enter the 2015-16 campaign as one of the most intriguing teams in the Eastern Conference. The arrival of lottery pick Mario Hezonja (if you’re not familiar with the “Croatian Kobe,” familiarize yourself), along with the return of last year’s top-10 picks Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton, gives...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Magic will retain two assistant coaches

Just because the Magic brought in a new head coach this offseason doesn't mean there will be turnover on the entire coaching staff over the summer. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has a report on the status of their bench:The Magic fired Jacque Vaughn midway through last season and let James Borrego finish out the year as interim head coach. He has since left for the Spurs...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nikola Vucevic Expects Orlando Magic to Begin Turnaround in 2015

The Orlando Magic have been going through a long rebuilding process ever since Dwight Howard left town, and they are hoping to turn things around in the near future. Nikola Vucevic feels very confident about turning things around during the upcoming 2015-16 season, and he also understands that the team has to begin turning it around for themselves and their fans. Vucevic: “I...
Via Hoops-Nation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Victor Oladipo throws down slam dunk on Marcellus Wiley on SportsNation

As we continue through the summer months, Orlando Magic guard Victory Oladipo recently made an appearance on the popular ESPN show, SportsNation. Earlier today, Oladipo showed off his aerial ability by throwing down an impressive slam dunk over SportsNation co-host Marcellus Wiley: Impressive slam dunk from Oladipo! *** Oladipo dunk on Wiley [Bleacher Report] Oladipo image courtesy...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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
8 days 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
8 days 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
17 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
21 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
25 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
28 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
28 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
July 04, 2015  |  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
June 30, 2015  |  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
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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