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Magic Exercise 17-18 Options On Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja, Elfrid Payton

Oct 25, 2016 3:39 PM

The Orlando Magic have exercised their third-year team option on guard-forward Mario Hezonja, while also exercising their fourth-year team options on forward Aaron Gordon and guard Elfrid Payton.

Gordon played in 78 games (37 starts) last season with Orlando, averaging 9.2 ppg., 6.5 rpg. and 1.6 apg. in 23.9 minpg. Originally selected in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft by Orlando, he has appeared in 125 career regular season NBA games (45 starts), all with the Magic, averaging 7.7 ppg., 5.4 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 21.3 minpg.

Hezonja played in 79 games (nine starts) last season during his rookie campaign with Orlando, averaging 6.1 ppg., 2.2 rpg. and 1.4 apg. in 17.9 minpg. He was originally selected in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Magic.

Payton played in 73 games (69 starts) last season with Orlando, averaging 10.7 ppg., a team-high 6.4 apg., 3.6 rpg. and 1.22 stlpg. in 29.4 minpg.  He was tied for 12th in the NBA in assists, ranked 15th in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.64, 467/177) and 40th in steals.  

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RealGM Radio: Southeast Division With Mike Prada, Adi Joseph

Oct 25, 2016 1:51 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Mike Prada of SB Nation (@MikePradaSBN) and Adi Joseph of the Sporting News (@AdiJoseph) break down the NBA’s Southeast Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves (9:45) and choose the Southeast’s best newcomer (32:44).

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5 (53:35), predict how many playoff teams will come out of the division (55:07), choose breakout players (1:01:21) and much more.



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Magic Sign Ramon Galloway

Oct 21, 2016 4:37 PM

The Orlando Magic have signed guard Ramon Galloway.

Galloway spent last season playing in Italy with both OpenJobMetis Varese of the Serie A League and Fulgor Omegna of the SerieA2 League. In 26 games (20 starts), he averaged 11.7 ppg., 4.2 rpg. and 3.0 apg. in 29.1 minpg. Galloway has also played professionally in Germany.

Galloway played collegiately with South Carolina (2009-11) and La Salle (2011-13). As a senior (2012-13), he averaged 17.2 ppg., 4.6 rpg. and 3.7 apg. in 33.3 minpg. in 34 games (32 starts). Galloway was named to the 2012-13 All-Atlantic 10 First Team and led La Salle to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

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Magic Waive Cliff Alexander, Branden Dawson, Kevin Murphy

Oct 16, 2016 11:52 PM

The Orlando Magic have waived forward Cliff Alexander, forward Branden Dawson and guard Kevin Murphy.

Alexander (6’8”, 245, 11/16/95) played in two preseason games with Orlando, averaging 1.0 ppg. in 5.1 minpg. Dawson (6’6”, 225, 2/1/93) appeared in two preseason outings with the Magic, averaging 3.0 ppg. and 2.0 rpg. in 6.6 minpg. Murphy (6’5”, 185, 3/6/90) played in two preseason contests with Orlando, averaging 2.5 ppg. in 6.6 minpg.

All three players were originally signed as free agents on September 8.

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Frank Vogel To Use Aaron Gordon At SF In Similar Way As Paul George

Oct 15, 2016 8:13 PM

Aaron Gordon was told by Frank Vogel he would like to use him as he did Paul George when he was head coach of the Indiana Pacers.

While Gordon's best position long-term may be power forward, the Orlando Magic will primarily use him as a small forward.

"It's definitely a compliment," Gordon said.

"I'm going to be myself and I'm going to play my game, and that's ultimately going to be the most beneficial for us if I play how I play, not try and play like anybody else. I love the idea of being more of a playmaker and taking on a bigger scoring role. That's something that I'm going to have to do for us to be successful and I'm ready for that."

Gordon made just 29.6 percent of his three-pointers last season.

The Magic hope Serge Ibaka's shooting at power forward helps with their spacing.

"We're going to ask him to do it all," Vogel said. "We're going to give him a lot of responsibility."

"It's going to be a process with him. He's not used to playing the three, but that's going to come. He's got the skills and the ability to do it, or I wouldn't be putting him in that spot. It's going to be ugly at times. But, hopefully, more times than not it's going to be pretty impressive. And I'm excited about that."

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

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Serge Ibaka Undergoes MRI On Knee, Shows No Structural Damage

Oct 5, 2016 1:23 PM

An MRI on Serge Ibaka revealed no structural damage in his sore knee, a result that has given his new team "peace of mind."

Ibaka will be available for Orlando's preseason game on Wednesday.

"Everything looks good," Frank Vogel said. "It's kind of what we felt, but it just gives everybody peace of mind."


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Evan Fournier Never Considered Leaving Magic

Sep 27, 2016 7:00 PM

Evan Fournier didn't explore offers from rival teams during his restricted free agency, fairly quickly re-signing with the Orlando Magic on a five-year, $85 million deal.

Fournier was asked if it was important to continue building with the Magic over seeking the most money possible.

“Yes, definitely," said Fournier. "I don’t want to say a pay cut. It’s still a lot of money. But I did not even look at offer sheets or consider anywhere else. Since day one I’ve said it: I feel good here. There is no reason for me to leave. The front office showed me confidence. I’m a loyal guy and this is how we do business.”

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Serge Ibaka Wants To Stay With Magic 'Forever'

Sep 27, 2016 10:52 AM

The Orlando Magic traded for Serge Ibaka this offseason one season before he becomes a free agent in 2017.

“I’m looking to stay here to play forever — for [as] many, many years as possible,” said Ibaka.

The Magic hope Ibaka enjoys playing for Frank Vogel and also having a bigger role in the offense and in the locker room.

“We certainly traded for Serge thinking long-term, and that’s our expectation,” Rob Hennigan said.

Ibaka is due to earn $12.3 million during the upcoming season.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

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Magic Sign Alexander, Dawson, Nick Johnson, Kevin Murphy, Onuaku, Rudez

Sep 8, 2016 4:57 PM

The Orlando Magic have signed six free agents: forward Cliff Alexander, forward Branden Dawson, guard Nick Johnson, guard Kevin Murphy, center Arinze Onuaku and forward Damjan Rudez.

Orlando's training camp roster stands at 19.

Alexander played in eight games last season during his rookie campaign with Portland, averaging 1.3 ppg. in 4.5 minpg. 

Dawson appeared in six games last season during his rookie campaign with the Los Angeles Clippers, tallying five points in 4.8 minpg. He also played with the Bakersfield Jam, Erie BayHawks and Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League. 

Johnson (#13, 6’3”, 202, 12/22/92) played in 34 games (25 starts) last season with the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League, averaging 10.4 ppg., 3.7 rpg. and 3.0 apg. in 28.9 minpg. As a rookie during the 2014-15 campaign, he appeared in 28 games with the Houston Rockets, averaging 2.6 ppg. and 1.4 rpg. in 9.4 minpg. 

Murphy appeared in 49 games last season with the Hitachi SunRockers of the Japan Basketball League, averaging 14.7 ppg., 4.3 rpg. and 2.0 apg. in 21.8 minpg. He has also spent time with the Grand Rapids Drive and Idaho Stampede in the NBA Development League. 

Onuaku played and started in 17 games with the Meralco Bolts of the Philippine Basketball Association, averaging 18.7 ppg., 17.5 rpg., 2.9 apg. and 1.5 blkpg. in 41.1 minpg., while shooting .658 (129-196) from the field. He also appeared in 11 games for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israel Premier League, averaging 7.2 ppg. and 3.5 rpg. in 12.0 minpg.

Rudez (#3, 6’10”, 228, 6/17/86) appeared in 33 games last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 2.3 ppg. in 8.4 minpg. Not drafted by an NBA franchise, he has played in 101 career NBA games (two starts) with Indiana and Minnesota (2014-16), averaging 3.9 ppg. in 13.1 minpg., while shooting .391 (86-220) from three-point range. 

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Aaron Gordon Unsure If He'll Participate In 2017 Dunk Contest

Sep 6, 2016 8:53 PM

Aaron Gordon isn't sure if he'll participate in the 2017 Slam Dunk Contest.

Gordon and Zach LaVine had one of the better showdowns in recent memory this past season.

“Yeah, that was incredible," said Gordon about last year's competition. "As a little kid, I’ve always wanted to be part of a dunk contest, and of course I’ve always wanted to be in the NBA dunk contest. I got that opportunity and I did the best that I could.  To me, that was all of the validation that I needed. I set out to achieve a goal and I executed it. After that, people were saying that I’m one of the best dunkers in the NBA. For me, that was amazing and all I needed. I wanted people to see what I saw and, you know, they did. They saw the creativity, the innovation, the joy and how much I love the game come out through my dunks.”

Gordon would presumably be invited back if he's interested.

“I’m not 100 percent sure. I kind of gave a lot in this last one and to be more creative would be difficult. I think I could do it, but I’m not sure if I’m going to.”

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Lakers Briefly Considered Pistons' Offer Of Grant Hill For Kobe Bryant In 1999
Grant Hill was one season away from free agency and ultimately signed with the Magic.

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Serge Ibaka 'Never Asked To Be Traded' But 'Thrilled To Be In Orlando'
Serge Ibaka was traded by the Thunder to the Magic on draft night while he was sleeping in Paris.

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Damjan Rudez Agrees To Camp Deal With Magic
Damjan Rudez also received offers from Europeans clubs.

Nikos Varlas/EuroHoops.net

Raptors Expected To Have Interest In Serge Ibaka In 2017
Serge Ibaka would fit a need for the Raptors at power forward with his ability to protect the rim on defense and stretch the floor on offense.

Doug Smith/Toronto Star

Magic In No Rush To Pursue Trade Of Nikola Vucevic
With Nikola Vucevic, Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo combining for approximately 80 minutes per game, they would have 16 minutes for small ball with Aaron Gordon at power forward.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Clippers Close To C.J. Wilcox For Devyn Marble Trade With Magic
The Clippers are finalizing a trade to acquire Devyn Marble and a 2020 second round pick from the Magic for C.J. Wilcox and cash.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Frank Vogel Expects Aaron Gordon To Start At Small Forward
Aaron Gordon is expected to play both small forward and power forward this season.

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Dewayne Dedmon, Spurs Agree Upon Two-Year, $6M Deal
The Magic rescinded their qualifying offer to Dewayne Dedmon to allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Blazers, Magic Finalizing Shabazz Napier Trade
Shabazz Napier figured to be Orlando's fourth point guard this season.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Magic Rescind Qualifying Offer To Dewayne Dedmon
Dewayne Dedmon is a 26-year-old center that averaged 13.0 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per 36 minutes in limited playing time last season for the Magic.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Bismack Biyombo Agrees To Four-Year, $72M Deal With Magic
The Magic have agreed upon a four-year deal with Bismack Biyombo.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Wizards, Spurs, Wolves, Hornets, Blazers, Mavs, Magic In Mix For Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi had a breakout season for the Pacers in 15-16.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Jeff Green Agrees Upon One-Year, $15M Deal With Magic
The Clippers traded for Jeff Green from the Grizzlies at last year's deadline while giving up a future first round pick.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Evan Fournier Agrees To Re-Sign With Magic On Five-Year, $85M Deal
Evan Fournier was a restricted free agent.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

D.J. Augustin Agrees To Four-Year, $29M Deal With Magic
D.J. Augustin finished last season with the Nuggets after he was traded by the Thunder.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Pistons Trade Jodie Meeks To Magic
The Pistons and Magic are nearing agreement on a trade involving Jodie Meeks.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Jamal Crawford To Meet With Clippers, Magic, Heat, Mavs, Knicks
Jamal Crawford has said this offseason that his preference is to re-sign the Clippers.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Magic Won't Extend Qualifying Offer To Andrew Nicholson
Andrew Nicholson will be an unrestricted free agent.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Al Horford To Receive Interest From Lakers, Rockets, Magic, Pistons, Wizards, Celtics, Nets
The Hawks can offer Al Horford a fifth season and more lucrative raises than any rival team.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Magic Hire Chad Forcier As Top Assistant Coach
Chad Forcier was hired away from the Spurs.

Marc Stein/ESPN