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Magic Considering Sending Mario Hezonja To D-League

Dec 9, 2016 2:21 PM

The Orlando Magic could consider trading Mario Hezonja, who has struggled this season. Like many teams in the Eastern Conference, the Magic are under pressure to make the playoffs this season. The Magic are openly looking to add a scoring boost to their lineup.

The Magic have internally discussed sending Hezonja to the D-League, according to Brian K. Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel.

Hezonja is averaging just 3.9 points on 30.6 percent shooting in 11.6 minutes per game this season.

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Magic Assign Stephen Zimmerman To D-League

Nov 28, 2016 1:29 PM

Stephen Zimmerman has been assigned by the Orlando Magic to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.

Zimmerman (7’0”, 240, 9/9/96) has appeared in two games this season with the Magic, averaging 1.0 ppg. and 2.0 rpg. in 5.6 minpg. He was originally selected in the second round (41st overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft by Orlando.

Last season (2015-16), Zimmerman played in 26 games (24 starts) with UNLV as a freshman, averaging 10.5 ppg., a team-high 8.7 rpg. and a team-high 1.96 blkpg. in 26.2 minpg. He ranked second in the Mountain West Conference in blocked shots and third in rebounding.

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Nikola Vucevic Disagrees With Decision To Come Off Bench

Nov 28, 2016 11:31 AM

Frank Vogel started Bismack Biyombo and D.J. Augustin for the Orlando Magic on Sunday instead of Nikola Vucevic and Elfrid Payton.

Orlando started off with more energy but the lineup wasn't effective overall.

“We’re 30th in offense; I want to explore some new combinations in the same nine guys being in the rotation,” said Vogel. “Try to get a different feel, a different flow. Try to take the first quarter and put the ball in Evan Fournier’s hands more with a spot up three-point shooting point guard out there with him. I thought that part was effective. Utilize Biz [Bismack Biyombo] and Serge [Ibaka] together, with Biz as a roller and Serge as a spot up guy where he’s been effective and to get Elfrid [Payton] and Vooch [Nikola Vucevic] a different look coming off the second unit, going against second unit guys.

“Again, Vooch played near the same amount of minutes as he did the other night since we went to a three-man rotation with the big spot. It was really trying to give us a different feel, create a little bit of a different identity and see if some other things will work because things have not been working for us on the offensive end. So, just looking at all our options.”

“I spoke to Frank [Vogel] about it last night, and obviously I wasn’t happy with the decision they made,” said Vucevic. “I didn’t think that there was a reason for me to go to the bench, but it’s coaches decision. All I can do is control what I can control, which is when I’m on the court, play to the best of my ability and help the team win. Stay professional and whatever is going on, I’ll keep giving my best and give them my full effort.”

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Serge Ibaka Asks Magic Fans To Keep Believing In Him

Nov 12, 2016 9:55 PM

Serge Ibaka has started slowly since joining the Orlando Magic and he is asking for their fans to continue to believe in him.

Ibaka was supported by the fans of Oklahoma City as he grew into a high end NBA player.

"Big things always come from small beginnings," Ibaka said. "I've got a lot of appreciation [for] those fans, because I remember my first year. When I got there, nobody know me, who I was. But they gave me a lot of trust. They gave me a lot of trust, and that's one of the things I'm always going to respect them for."

The Magic traded Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis for Ibaka in a draft night deal.

"I can do better," Ibaka said. "But I'm going to keep my head up. I've been there before. This is not new to me.

"I'm just going to ask the Magic fans to keep believing in me. I'm a lot better than what I showed the last couple of days. I'm just trying to find a rhythm on defense and offense with new teammates, a new coach. I'm just trying to find my position. I know it's tough for them. I'm going to try here to be the man."

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

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

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Serge Ibaka Wants To Stay With Magic 'Forever'
Serge Ibaka is due to earn $12.3 million during the upcoming season.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Magic Sign Alexander, Dawson, Nick Johnson, Kevin Murphy, Onuaku, Rudez
Orlando's training camp roster stands at 19.

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Aaron Gordon Unsure If He'll Participate In 2017 Dunk Contest
Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine had one of the better showdowns in recent memory this past season.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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