Orlando Magic WiretapOrlando Magic Wiretap

Frank Vogel Believes Mario Hezonja's Best Position Could Be Power Forward

Mar 22, 2017 10:50 PM

The Orlando Magic will play Mario Hezonja as their backup power forward with Jeff Green out.

Hezonja has primarily played on the wings this season but Frank Vogel sees potential in him as a small-ball power forward.

“There’s a chance that this could be his best position or most natural position in today’s NBA: to be 6-9 small-ball four [power forward]," said Vogel. "He’s going to have an opportunity to take a look at that and see what that feels like."

The Magic acquired Serge Ibaka last June while also signing Green and Bismack Biyombo, which further crowded their frontcourt and shifted Aaron Gordon to the 3.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Mario Hezonja, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Discuss
Doc Rivers Denies Report Linking Him To Orlando

Mar 20, 2017 2:47 PM

Doc Rivers has denied a story linking him to the Orlando Magic.

A report from ESPN suggested Rivers could be a candidate to return to the Magic in a general manager/head coach capacity. Rivers began his coaching career with the Magic.

“I want to make this a place where it’s a pride of place,” Rivers said. “I haven’t accomplished that yet. And that’s my goal. That drives me, to make this a destination that people want to come to and you have pride in. I think we’ve improved it greatly, but it’s still not. … I haven’t reached my goal at all, and I’m fully aware of that.”

Rivers joined the Clippers in 2013.

"I can tell you I had a past with the Magic. I have no future [in Orlando]. My future's here."

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Discuss
Rob Hennigan In Danger Of Being Fired By Magic

Mar 20, 2017 2:33 PM

The Orlando Magic are giving strong consideration to firing Rob Hennigan at the end of the current season.

The Magic expected to contend for a spot in the playoffs this season.

Hennigan became general manager of the Magic at the age of 30 in 2012. Hennigan is signed through the 17-18 season.

Doc Rivers, Pat Garrity and Travis Schlenk have been mentioned as candidates for the job.

Alex Martins has repeatedly deferred comment about Hennigan's job status until season's end.

"First and foremost, the criticism is warranted," Hennigan told the Sentinel last month. "I don't know if it's welcome because no one likes to get criticized, but the job we have and the job we're trying to do is certainly subject to that. Our fans, quite frankly, deserve to be upset and deserve to be frustrated. ... I think the proverbial hot seat comes with the territory."

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Discuss
Pat Garrity Considered Candidate For Magic GM Job

Mar 18, 2017 11:49 AM

If the Orlando Magic decide to fire Rob Hennigan but keep Frank Vogel as head coach instead of a more ambitious plan such as hiring Doc Rivers, Pat Garrity has emerged as a potential target.

Garrity is working with the Detroit Pistons under Stan Van Gundy.

Garrity played for the Magic from 1999 until 2008.

After his playing career was over, Garrity completed his MBA at Duke and worked for a hedge fund in Connecticut. Garrity returned to basketball in 2014 when Van Gundy was hired by the Pistons. The Pistons' analytics staff reports to Garrity and he also helps manage Detroit's cap.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Discuss
Magic Could Pursue Doc Rivers For GM/Coach Job

Mar 18, 2017 11:44 AM

The Orlando Magic could pursue Doc Rivers this offseason.

"There has been persistent chatter for weeks over the NBA's front-office grapevine that the Orlando Magic and Rivers will explore a reunion down the road," writes Stein.

Rivers' first head coaching job was with the Magic and he still maintains a home in the area.

Rivers is under contract to serve as Los Angeles Clippers coach and president of basketball operations through the 2018-19 season. 

The Clippers will surely evaluate all aspects of their operation this offseason unless they win a title. The Clippers started the season 14-2 but have struggled with inconsistency and injuries ever since.

Rob Hennigan is widely expected to be fired at the end of the current season as general manager of the Magic. Frank Vogel is in his first season as head coach.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Discuss
Dwight Howard Expected Magic To Trade Him To Brooklyn In 2011

Mar 17, 2017 10:50 AM

Now that Dwight Howard has had a quiet and productive existence with the Atlanta Hawks, he talked about the end of his time with the Orlando Magic.

Howard claims the Magic agreed to trade him after the 2011 lockout before he could opt out in 2012. Howard ended up opting in with the Magic in March, which took away his free agency option and led to his trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"After the situation in Orlando, I never really came out and said my side of the story about what was going on there while I was there and the reasons for me wanting to leave," said Howard. "After that, people just decided that, ‘He’s not going to talk about it, so we might as well come up with a narrative and what we think went on in L.A. and what went on with Kobe [Bryant] and what we think happened with James [Harden].’ I never had a personal vendetta with either one of those guys. People took it as me having a problem with them being on a team with another superstar.

"I’ve never been the one to say, ‘OK, I want to talk about this because it was an issue with me.’ But everyone else kind of made it a storyline. And here in Atlanta, there is no storyline."

Howard was asked about what really happened with Orlando.

"I really hate going back with it. There were a lot of different things that happened in Orlando that people never talked about. Before the season even started during the lockout, I asked them privately, I even talked to [teammate] Jameer [Nelson] and [then-general manager] Otis [Smith] and I said, ‘Hey, I just want a change in my life. It has nothing to do with [then-coach] Stan Van Gundy. This has nothing to do with the players here in Orlando. It has nothing to do with Orlando itself.’ I just felt I was too comfortable and I wanted more for myself and more for basketball.

"It had nothing to do with the team. They said they were going to try to move me. I thought it was going to happen. They came in and said, ‘We’re going to trade you.’ They shook my hand and said, ‘God bless you. You were here for eight years and you did a great job.’ They asked me to go shake my teammates’ hands. I went and shook their hands and told them that the team was going to trade me. I woke up the next day and they said, ‘We’re not going to trade you.’

"This was right after the [2011 NBA] lockout. I was supposed to get traded right before training camp. I had asked them to trade me to Brooklyn and I thought that was going to happen. They decided they weren’t going to trade me and that was when all hell broke loose. People said I was doing this in the locker room, doing that. But I’ve never been that kind of guy. I told my agent, ‘Listen, they want me here, so I will just stay here until the end of the season and I’ll make a decision after that. Let’s not fight it. Let’s not go back and forth. Let’s not talk about it.’

"And we did that. But every day in the media it was a different story. I was the type of person where I’m not going to focus on what is being said. I’m going to focus on winning and trying to win for this team while I’m here."

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Tags: Dwight Howard, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Discuss
Pistons, Magic Discussing Reggie Jackson Trade

Feb 17, 2017 3:06 PM

The Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic are discussing a trade of Reggie Jackson for D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green. 

Jackson was acquired by the Pistons near the 2015 deadline and re-signed that offseason. 

Jackson's name surfaced earlier this season in trade talks for Ricky Rubio. 

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Discuss
Thunder Sought Patterson, Powell, No. 9 From Raptors For Ibaka In June

Feb 14, 2017 7:12 PM

The Toronto Raptors held trade talks with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Serge Ibaka last June before he was dealt to the Orlando Magic.

The Thunder asked for Patrick Patterson, Norman Powell and the No. 9 overall pick that became Jakob Poeltl from the Raptors. Oklahoma City instead traded Ibaka to the Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the pick that became Domantas Sabonis.

Toronto acquired Ibaka on Tuesday from the Magic for Terrence Ross and a late first round pick in this year's draft.

Masai Ujiri has long been interested in acquiring Ibaka.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Tags: Serge Ibaka, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Discuss
Raptors Acquire Serge Ibaka From Magic For Terrence Ross, 1st Rounder

Feb 14, 2017 11:11 AM

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to acquire Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first round pick.

The Magic acquired Ibaka from the Oklahoma City Thunder in the offseason for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis. Orlando never coalesced into a playoff contender as they expected.

Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Toronto intends to re-sign Ibaka and not simply make him a rental for their playoff push this season. Masai Ujiri has long had interest in acquiring Ibaka.

Ross signed an extension with the Raptors worth $33 million over three years in 2015. Ross is due $10.5 million in 17-18 and 18-19 before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

The Raptors own two first round picks in this year's draft and will send the lesser in value of the two between their own and the Clippers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Serge Ibaka, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Discuss
Rob Hennigan: The Criticism Is Warranted

Feb 14, 2017 10:56 AM

While Rob Hennigan will be evaluated as general manager of the Orlando Magic by Alex Martins in the offseason, he admitted the criticism he has received is valid.

“First and foremost, the criticism is warranted,” Hennigan said prior to Tuesday's trade of Serge Ibaka to Toronto. “I don’t know if it’s welcome because no one likes to get criticized, but the job we have and the job we’re trying to do is certainly subject to that. Our fans, quite frankly, deserve to be upset and deserve to be frustrated. … I think the proverbial hot seat comes with the territory.”

The Magic had playoff aspirations but now have the second worst record in the Eastern Conference.

Hennigan became GM of the Magic in 2012.

Mike Bianchi/Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Discuss
Magic Ramp Up Trade Talks On Serge Ibaka
The Magic are fielding calls from a handful of teams on Serge Ibaka after realizing re-signing him will be tougher than initially expected.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Magic Will Wait To Evaluate Rob Hennigan Until After Season
Rob Hennigan is in his fifth season as general manager of the Magic.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Heat Intrigued By Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and the Magic are willing to consider offers.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Magic Hoping To Acquire Proven Wing Scorer
Orlando would like to move one of their big men to make a deal, with Nikola Vucevic most likely to depart.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Aaron Gordon To Participate In 2017 Dunk Contest
Aaron Gordon was the runner-up last year in an epic final with Zach LaVine.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Jodie Meeks Out Indefinitely Following Surgery On Right Thumb
Jodie Meeks sustained the injury on January 18 at New Orleans.

RealGM Staff Report

Magic Sign Anthony Brown To 10-Day Contract
Anthony Brown has played and started in 16 games this season with the Erie BayHawks of the D-League, averaging 21.6 ppg., 5.1 rpg., 3.4 apg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 39.2 minpg

RealGM Staff Report

Magic Offer Nikola Vucevic, First Rounder To Heat For Goran Dragic
The Magic attempted to engage the Heat recently on a trade for Goran Dragic.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Magic Have Expressed Interest In Trading For Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic has a player option after the 18-19 season but is signed on a reasonable salary considering the increase of the cap.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Magic Tried To Trade For Paul Millsap Before Doing Serge Ibaka Deal
The Magic have tried to acquire Paul Millsap in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Magic Waive Arinze Onuaku
Arinze Onuaku played in eight games this season with the Magic, averaging 0.5 ppg. in 3.5 minpg.

RealGM Staff Report

Magic Assign C.J. Wilcox To D-League
C.J. Wilcox has played in two games with the BayHawks, averaging 10.0 ppg., 2.5 rpg., 2.5 apg., 1.50 blkpg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 22.0 minpg.

RealGM Staff Report

Magic Assign Stephen Zimmerman To D-League
Stephen Zimmerman has played and started in six games with the BayHawks, averaging 17.3 ppg., 13.5 rpg., 1.0 apg., 1.50 blkpg. and 1.33 stlpg. in 34.2 minpg

RealGM Staff Report

Magic Purchase Erie BayHawks, Will Relocate Team To Florida
With the purchase, the Magic becomes the 17th NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate.

RealGM Staff Report

Magic Considering Sending Mario Hezonja To D-League
Mario Hezonja is averaging just 3.9 points on 30.6 percent shooting in 11.6 minutes per game this season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Magic Assign Stephen Zimmerman To D-League
Stephen Zimmerman was originally selected in the second round (41st overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft by Orlando.

RealGM Staff Report

Nikola Vucevic Disagrees With Decision To Come Off Bench
Frank Vogel started Bismack Biyombo and D.J. Augustin for the Magic on Sunday instead of Nikola Vucevic and Elfrid Payton.

Zach Oliver/Orlando Pinstriped Post

Serge Ibaka Asks Magic Fans To Keep Believing In Him
Serge Ibaka was supported by the fans of Oklahoma City as he grew into a high end NBA player.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Magic Exercise 17-18 Options On Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja, Elfrid Payton
Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja and Elfrid Payton are now signed through the 17-18 season.

RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Southeast Division With Mike Prada, Adi Joseph
Host Danny Leroux, Mike Prada of SB Nation and Adi Joseph of the Sporting News break down the NBA's Southeast Division.

RealGM Staff Report