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Raptors Acquire 2018 2nd Round Pick From Magic For Jeff Weltman

May 25, 2017 2:15 PM

The Toronto Raptors will acquire a second round pick in 2018 from the Orlando Magic as compensation for Jeff Weltman.

Weltman was hired by the Magic this week as president of basketball operations.

Orlando will send the Raptors the least favorable of two second round picks they control in 2018. The Magic have their own second round pick in 2018 along with the second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the Dwight Howard trade.

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Tags: Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Keeping Frank Vogel Was Non-Negotiable For Magic

May 24, 2017 12:30 PM

When the Orlando Magic interviewed candidates for their president of basketball operations job, it was conveyed that keeping Frank Vogel was non-negotiable.

Vogel is coming off the first season of a four-year deal with the Magic. Vogel represented the Magic at the lottery.

The Magic hired Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations with John Hammond joining him as general manager.

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Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Magic Hire John Hammond As GM

May 23, 2017 3:53 PM

John Hammond has agreed upon a five-year deal with the Orlando Magic to become general manager.

Hammond will reunite with Jeff Weltman, who was hired on Monday as president of basketball operations.

Hammond had one season remaining on his deal with the Bucks, who let him out of the contract. Justin Zanik had been the GM in waiting with the expectation he'd take over in 2018.

Hammond had been the Bucks’ GM since 2008, drafting a fine young core of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon.

The Magic also interviewed Hammond for the job that eventually went to Weltman.


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Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

John Hammond Could Join Weltman's Front Office With Magic

May 23, 2017 1:57 PM

With Jeff Weltman joining the Orlando Magic as president of basketball operations, there is a rising expectation that John Hammond will join him in the front office.

Hammond has one more season remaining on his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. Justin Zanik is expected to take over general manager duties with the Bucks after the 17-18 season.

Weltman worked with Hammond in the Milwaukee front office before he joined Masai Ujiri with the Toronto Raptors.

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Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

John Hammond Interviewed For Magic Job

May 22, 2017 7:41 PM

John Hammond interviewed with the Orlando Magic for their president of basketball operations opening before the job was eventually given to Jeff Weltman.

Hammond received a contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks in June of 2016 that will take him through 17-18. 

Justin Zanik will become general manager of the Bucks in 2018. Hammond could remain with the Bucks as a consultant.

Hammond first became general manager of the Bucks in 2008.

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Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Magic Will Keep Matt Lloyd In Weltman's Front Office

May 22, 2017 7:36 PM

Matt Lloyd will remain with the Orlando Magic in a role to be determined. 

Lloyd had been serving as interim general manager of Orlando following the dismissal of Rob Hennigan.

The Magic hired Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations on Monday.

Lloyd rose in influence within the Orlando front office after serving as a scout for several seasons with the Chicago Bulls.

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Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Jeff Weltman Agrees To Become President Of Basketball Ops For Magic

May 22, 2017 6:24 PM

Jeff Weltman has agreed to become President of Basketball Operations for the Orlando Magic on a five-year contract.

Weltman will replace Rob Hennigan, who was fired at the start of the offseason. Weltman will decide who to hire as general manager below him.

Weltman has been with the Toronto Raptors since 2013. Weltman previously was with the Milwaukee Bucks from 2008.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs Ignoring Orlando's Request To Interview David Griffin

May 16, 2017 11:33 AM

Dan Gilbert has been unresponsive to requests from the Orlando Magic to interview David Griffin.

Griffin's contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers expires at the end of June.

Gilbert could be hoping that the Magic get tired of waiting for Griffin.

Cleveland has yet to make a substantive offer to Griffin on an extension.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Frank Vogel To Represent Magic At Lottery

May 9, 2017 5:01 PM

Frank Vogel will represent the Orlando Magic at the draft lottery on May 16th.

Pat Williams will also attend. Williams was general manager of the Magic when they won the lottery in two straight years in the early 1990s.

The Magic are currently without a general manager following the dismissal of Rob Hennigan. Orlando's search for a new front office is expected to take several more weeks.

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Magic Interested In John Hammond, Jeff Weltman, Kevin McHale

May 4, 2017 12:30 PM

While David Griffin remains the top target for the Orlando Magic, they also have interest in John Hammond, Jeff Weltman and Kevin McHale.

The Magic are searching for a new general manager after firing Rob Hennigan.

Hammond is currently general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Weltman is general manager of the Toronto Raptors, working under Masai Ujiri.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Magic Considering Kevin McHale For President Job
Kevin McHale served as Wolves vice president of basketball operations from 1995 to 2008.

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Vlade Divac Tried To Hire Scott Perry In Past
NBA team executives have found it difficult to negotiate with the Kings because of their thin and inexperienced front office, which has changed this offseason.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Kings Hire Scott Perry As Executive VP Of Basketball Operations
Scott Perry had been with the Magic for the past five seasons.

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Magic Interested In David Griffin For GM Job
Dan Gilbert has been reluctant to pay David Griffin the going rate for a championship-level executive.

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Magic Interested In Grant Hill As President Of Basketball Operations
Other candidates for the GM job include Matt Lloyd Pat Garrity and Travis Schlenk.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Magic Fire Rob Hennigan As GM, Matt Lloyd Promoted On Interim Basis
Matt Lloyd has replaced Rob Hennigan as interim GM.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Frank Vogel: Teams Struggle Playing Big Without All-Star Level PF
Frank Vogel sees the Magic now as a "small-ball team that plays up-tempo and does a lot of switching and swarming."

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Frank Vogel Meets With Aaron Gordon About Dario Saric Trade Rumor
Frank Vogel spoke with Aaron Gordon following the publication of a photo that seemed to suggest the Magic are internally considering a trade of Aaron Gordon to the 76ers for Dario Saric.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Rob Hennigan Downplays Significance Of Whiteboard Leak
Rob Hennigan said the lists on the board were "not indicative of plans" and were "simply listing options, including some of which other teams have inquired about."

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

C.J. Wilcox Waived By Orlando
C.J. Wilcox played sparingly in just 22 games this season for the Magic.

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Magic Sign Patricio Garino
Patricio Garino averaged 11.2 points per game and made 43.0 percent of his 3-point tries over 49 games in the D-League.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Magic To Sign Marcus Georges-Hunt
Marcus Georges-Hunt was averaging 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists over 45 games in the D-League.

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Frank Vogel Believes Mario Hezonja's Best Position Could Be Power Forward
Mario Hezonja has primarily played on the wings this season but Frank Vogel sees potential in him as a small-ball power forward.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Doc Rivers Denies Report Linking Him To Orlando
A report suggested Doc Rivers could be a candidate to return to the Magic in a general manager/head coach capacity.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Rob Hennigan In Danger Of Being Fired By Magic
The Magic expected to contend for a spot in the playoffs this season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pat Garrity Considered Candidate For Magic GM Job
The Pistons' analytics staff reports to Pat Garrity and he also helps manage Detroit's cap.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Magic Could Pursue Doc Rivers For GM/Coach Job
Doc Rivers' first head coaching job was with the Magic and he still maintains a home in the area.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Dwight Howard Expected Magic To Trade Him To Brooklyn In 2011
Now that Dwight Howard has had a quiet and productive existence with the Hawks, he talked about the end of his time with the Magic.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Pistons, Magic Discussing Reggie Jackson Trade
The Pistons continue to shop Reggie Jackson in trade scenarios.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thunder Sought Patterson, Powell, No. 9 From Raptors For Ibaka In June
The Thunder asked for Patrick Patterson, Norman Powell and the No. 9 overall pick that became Jakob Poeltl from the Raptors.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun