Magic waive Gordon; draft pick Hezonja completes buyout

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic have lost one player and will soon pick up another. General manager Rob Hennigan said Monday the team waived guard Ben Gordon and learned draft pick Mario Hezonja had completed a buyout with European club FC Barcelona. The 20-year-old Hezonja was the fifth overall pick in last week's draft. He is expected to soon arrive in Orlando. Hennigan said...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic waive guard Ben Gordon

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic have waived guard Ben Gordon, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced Monday. Gordon played in 56 games last season with Orlando, averaging 6.2 ppg. and 1.1 rpg. in 14.1 minpg., while shooting .361 (35-97) from three-point range and .836 (56-67) from the free throw line.  He scored in double figures 17 times, including a season-high 22 points on...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic Decline $4.5M Option On Ben Gordon

The Orlando Magic will decline their $4.5 million option on the contract of Ben Gordon for next season. Passing on Gordon’s option will give the Magic $14.5 million in salary cap space for free agency. Gordon signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Magic last offseason.
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June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Orlando Won’t Bring Back Ben Gordon, Will Save $4.5 Million

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Yahoo! Sports‘ Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Orlando Magic have declined the 2015-2016 season $4.5 million team option on Ben Gordon. The 6’3″ guard is now an unrestricted free agent, and will most likely be wearing a different franchise’s jersey next season. The $4.5 million being saved by the Magic will go towards free agency,...
Via Magic Basketball Online
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Orlando's Draft Options As Franchise Hopes To End Rebuilding Era

Slowly but surely coming out of the Dwight Howard era since 2012, the Orlando Magic have started piecing together a young, talented team that is a piece or two away from becoming a playoff team in the Eastern Conference. The Magic have won just 68 games since trading away Howard, but Rob Hennigan and the front office have drafted well in Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic: Grading Their Season

  (Source: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America) By Christopher Kline: Staff Writer/Hoopstuff… Season Summary The Magic’s season was far from successful from a competition perspective, but the development of their youthful talents was a major bonus to a relatively poor season. Prior to the season’s beginning, Orlando brought in the likes of Channing Frye and Ben Gordon...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon Revived His NBA Career in Orlando

This is an MBO series of 2014-2015 Orlando Magic seasonal player recaps and evaluations. As the NBA Draft and free agency approach, we’ll dive into statistics, highlights, and more as we dissect the 15-man roster and figure out who should stay and who should go as we enter a very important offseason in the franchise’s history.  Previously in the series:#2 O’Quinn#9 Vucevic...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon Had to Reassure People He’s Not Retiring

Orlando Magic veteran guard Ben Gordon is a few weeks into his fresh new Instagram account. He also hasn’t played a contest since March 22nd. Still, the man stays positive and he wanted to give his thanks for his 11th season of NBA basketball.   …it’s over after tonight…#curtains THANK YOU GOD for my 11th season in the NBA my child hood dreams manifested and fully...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Greatest Ben Gordon Call Ever

Last week I was going through my email archives from when Hotmail and Yahoo were fighting for supremacy to try and find some stuff about a unique March Madness pool I’m part of. Then I came across this gem which was very indicative of my life as a 26 year old at the time. I got a good chuckle out of it plus had the greatest call about Ben Gordon’s career ever so I decided that...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon and Magic Enhance Community Garden in Support of Green Week

The Orlando Magic are in the middle of their NBA Green Week participation, which runs March 22nd through the 29th. The Magic and partners OUC and Owens Facility Services have joined together to celebrate Green Week 2015. The Magic on Monday, along with Ben Gordon, Magic Community Ambassador Bo Outlaw, STUFF the Magic Mascot, and volunteers from OUC and Owens, helped youth from...
Via Magic Basketball Online
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant blocks Ben Gordon’s lay-up in Thunder-Magic

Ben Gordon had two choices on this two-on-one fastbreak. A. He could easily lob it to his super athletic teammate, Aaron Gordon. That would be an easy two points and it would get the home crowd going because Aaron Gordon has hops and he can do whatever the heck he want with the ball in the air. B. Challenge the much taller Kevin Durant and try to convert a lay-up. Ben Gordon chose...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon: My Game Is Back

The signing of Ben Gordon on a two-year, $8 million contract by the Orlando Magic was widely criticized after his substandard play with the Charlotte Hornets. "My game is back," Gordon said Monday. "My game is sharp. I'm being efficient and doing what I wanted to accomplish. They brought me in to bring a spark off the bench, and I've tried to keep my end of the deal." Gordon, 31...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon Has Been Far From ‘Toxic’ in Orlando

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images   An intriguing factoid tweeted out by Orlando Magic television broadcaster David Steele caught my curiosity Friday evening before the Magic defeated the Utah Jazz to improve to an 8-14 record.   This will likely surprise many #Magic fans, but @BenGordon8 has team’s best defensive rating. (min. 10 mins/game) — David Steele...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Great off the bench, Ben Gordon shows Magic he still has it

ORLANDO, Fla. -- This was expected to be the night when the Orlando Magic and their fans got a glimpse of what Channing Frye can do. Instead, they got a reminder of what Ben Gordon is still capable of accomplishing given the right set of circumstances. The Magic trailed the Washington Wizards by 17 points in the fourth quarter Thursday night, with Frye on the bench after taking only...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA 2K15 is Out, Let’s Check in on the Magic

NBA 2K15 was released midnight on October 7th. I already revealed the Orlando Magic player ratings, now let’s see how these guys look in the video gaming world. Surprisingly, the Magic are handling the Grizzlies quite well in Memphis. Look how dominant that bench is with Ben Gordon making buckets. It looks like the starting lineup designated by 2K Sports for the Magic is: C...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Orlando Training Camp: Day 2 Interviews

The Orlando Magic prepared for their first 2-a-day practice on the second day of training camp Wednesday. The overall consensus in regards to Day 1 seems to be that there was high energy from all players, but there were some nerves to get out of the way. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn gave high praise to Ben Gordon as the 31-year-old has a lot to prove after his previous stop in Charlotte...
Via Magic Basketball Online
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon shows his 'love' for the Magic's Hoops for Hunger Program

EATONVILLE -- Every kid at Hungerford Elementary is a part of the free or reduced-lunch program and sadly many of them don't have enough food at home to eat over long weekends or on a nightly basis. Fortunately, the Orlando Magic, standout guard Ben Gordon and the Christian Service Center have teamed up to combat the growing number of children who show up to school hungry or are...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon Helps Magic’s Hoops for Hunger Program

As part of the Orlando Magic’s Hoops for Hunger program, the organization along with new guard Ben Gordon and Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw on Tuesday afternoon teamed up with the Christian Service Center and Orange County Public Schools to debut the Magic Love Pantry at Hungerford Elementary (230 South College Ave., Eatonville, 32751). Gordon, Anderson...
Via Magic Basketball Online
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Ennis Whatley Almost Played for the Celtics?

 Ennis Whatley was a member of the Celtics during the pre-season of 1988.  It's true!  And then, just like that, he wasn't: If you followed the NBA in the 80s and 90s you totally remember Whatley.  But you may not have known how close he was to playing for the Celtics.  According to the article, the strong play of Brian Shaw in the preseason sealed the fate for Whatley.Check...
Via Celtics Life
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Ben Gordon Faces Tough Scrimmage Competition

The folks over at Home Team Hoops have provided some intriguing video of a recent private scrimmage that occurred in the Central Florida area. Orlando Magic fans can get a look at recently signed 31-year-old Ben Gordon going up against 20-year-old Damarcus Croaker. The local product is entering his second season with the Texas Longhorns. Take the lack of defense with a huge grain...
Via Magic Basketball Online
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

MBO Roundtable – Magic Free Agency Edition

Barring a significant trade out of GM Rob Hennigan, the Orlando Magic appear to be done making major acquisitions this offseason. So the MBO staff gathered around for another roundtable discussion and chatted about the franchise’s 2014 free agency and trade hauls. We put on our starting lineup prediction hats as well as whipped out contract extension offers. Contributing to the...
Via Magic Basketball Online
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orlando Magic Uniform Revealed

A new Orlando Magic ‘Christmas Day’ jersey (see bottom left of image above) from Adidas has been revealed for the upcoming ’14-’15 season, courtesy of Uni Watch. No it doesn’t mean the Magic will play on Christmas, though it’s not out of the question considering the franchise has some very promising young players such as Victor Oladipo. Adidas made a Christmas uniform...
Via Magic Basketball Online
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon and Willie Green Have First Magic Interviews

The Orlando Magic followed the end of its Summer League with introductory interviews with Ben Gordon and Willie Green. This coming shortly after Gordon’s deal with the Magic had become official. Willie had been waived by the Clippers and then claimed by the Magic back on June 30th, something that surprised Green. The 31-year-old Gordon and 33-year-old Green both seem to be bought...
Via Magic Basketball Online
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon looks to bring experience, 3-point shooting to Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. -- When Ben Gordon reached the playoffs for the first time as a member of the Chicago Bulls in 2005, it was on a team that began the season with an 0-9 record. As tough as times have gotten for the Orlando Magic the past two years, they've never stumbled that badly out of the gate. Gordon, who has averaged more than 20 points a game in the postseason for his career...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon Officially Signs with Magic

Well we knew it was coming following the elimination of the free agent moratorium period, but the Orlando Magic have officially signed Ben Gordon. The team didn’t release terms of the deal, but we know it’s a 2-year, $9 million contract. The second year of the deal is a team option. Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan discussed the signing: “Ben (Gordon) brings valuable experience...
Via Magic Basketball Online
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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