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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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Tags: Evan Fournier, Orlando Magic, NBA

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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

Tags: Serge Ibaka, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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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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Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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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.”

Alex Kennedy/Basketball Insiders

Tags: Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Lakers Briefly Considered Pistons' Offer Of Grant Hill For Kobe Bryant In 1999

Sep 2, 2016 11:26 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers briefly considered trading Kobe Bryant to the Detroit Pistons in 1999 when they were offered Grant Hill.

Hill was one season away from free agency and ultimately signed with the Orlando Magic.

“Kobe showed up at the press conference that introduced me as the new Lakers coach," said Phil Jackson. "He came up to my hotel room afterwards and we had our first face-to-face connection. He said he had read all about my championships with the Bulls and had studied several game tapes, so he was very excited. Kobe was 20 years old and had already played three NBA seasons.

“The Summer League was in Los Angeles that year and we sat together to watch the games that the Lakers had. Jim Cleamons was one of my assistant coaches in Chicago and would also be on my staff with the Lakers. So it was JC who coached the team of free-agent hopefuls and draft choices. As I explained the unfolding of the elementary triangle offense that JC had installed, as well as more of the advanced principles, Kobe was still excited.  It was clear to me that he not only was willing to learn, but that he really wanted to learn.

“Then he fell and broke his wrist in our first exhibition game. For several weeks, Kobe had to be sidelined and watch guys like Shaq, Glen Rice, Ron Harper, Rick Fox, Derek Fisher, A.C. Green, Brian Shaw and Robert Horry pile up a 10-1 record. Shaq had really bought into the triangle and was well established at the heart of our offense.

“When Kobe was healed and ready to return, I was a bit reluctant to make a major alteration in our winning combination. So I suggested that Kobe come off the bench. ‘I don’t see myself not starting,’ was his response. ‘I don’t want to be known as a bench player.’ Here was a 20-year-old already concerned about his legacy. So we had a little pushback, an indication of what might lie ahead.

“A couple of weeks later, we’re still winning and Shaq is completely motivated. But Kobe was only averaging about 19 points per game. So Kobe called Jerry West and wanted to know how Jerry and Elgin Baylor both averaged 30 points. Kobe also said that he wanted to be traded. Of course, Jerry told me about the conversation. And, for a few minutes I thought about taking the Pistons up on an offer they made to trade Kobe for Grant Hill. Make that a few seconds.

“The thing was that Kobe already saw himself as being one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA. I thought that, in time, he would indeed reach that goal.

“Anyway, he was not going to be traded. So we’d talk about being patient, and letting the game come to him. But Kobe would sometimes still go off on his own, disregarding the offense and trying to single-handedly take over the game. When I called him on this, he’d say that for us to keep on winning, there was a lot for him to do."

Charley Rosen/Today's Fastbreak

Tags: Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Serge Ibaka 'Never Asked To Be Traded' But 'Thrilled To Be In Orlando'

Aug 31, 2016 11:24 AM

Serge Ibaka was traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Orlando Magic on draft night while he was sleeping in Paris.

"Then came June 24, Thursday night, and my phone started buzzing with alarming frequency," said Ibaka. "We were at dinner when I started to get text messages, tweets — all types of people reaching out and asking about the rumors. At first, I had no idea what anyone was talking about. Then I recalled it was draft night, and saw talk that the Thunder, the team that drafted me in 2008 and the only NBA team I’ve ever played for, were thinking about trading me.

"Still, I assumed the rumors were just, well, rumors. We live with these kinds of things all the time, and there are always rumblings around draft time, so I was confident that this was nothing of substance. I was so confident, in fact, that I decided to turn my phone off, and after dinner went straight back to the hotel to go to sleep."

After the trade, Ibaka spoke with Rob Hennigan and he says "that conversation made me feel good about my new opportunity and the future."

Ibaka had a somewhat disappointing 15-16 season individually with a lesser role within the Thunder but his continued value as a defensive player and floor stretcher were clear in the playoffs.

"I never asked to be traded, even though there was a lot of media conjecture that I was unhappy with my role," said Ibaka. "I had an exit meeting with Billy Donovan and Sam Presti after the season, and it went well. But this is still a business, everybody has to do what’s best for them, and I let my agent deal with the business side of things. I just focus on basketball. I’m not the kind of guy who’s going to go in and ask for a trade, and I would have been happy staying with the Thunder.

"Playing in the NBA was my dream, and I’d be happy playing anywhere.

"Still, I’m really going to miss Oklahoma City. The fans love basketball there and the Thunder is one of the best organizations in sports. It’s been a tough summer for them for sure. I didn’t know what Kevin was going to do but I know it was a big decision for him, and if it makes him and his family happy then I’m happy for him. I have the utmost respect for both him and Russell Westbrook. Obviously, I’m disappointed that our group was never able to bring the city a championship, but I had some great times there, and so many moments I’ll never forget.

"Right now, though, I feel like a rookie again. I’m thrilled to be in Orlando. I know that might sound crazy to some people, that I’m excited to go from a contender like the Thunder to a rebuilding team, one that hasn’t made the playoffs in four years, but playing now for Frank Vogel, a coach who prides himself on defense, is very exciting for me. We have a core of like-minded, young, athletic players, which is going to be very fun. We are an old-school, smashmouth team, and I can’t wait to don a Magic uniform on opening night.

"The trade has given me a renewed opportunity to show you all of what I can do, and I can’t wait to see what happens in Orlando. We’re going to make some noise. It’s been a crazy summer, and I’m very ready for the fall to begin."

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Tags: Serge Ibaka, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Damjan Rudez Agrees To Camp Deal With Magic

Aug 5, 2016 12:35 AM

Damjan Rudez has agreed to sign with the Orlando Magic on a training camp deal.

Rudez signed with the Indiana Pacers in 2014 and was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2015.

Rudez also received offers from Europeans clubs.

Nikos Varlas/EuroHoops.net

Tags: Damjan Rudez, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors Expected To Have Interest In Serge Ibaka In 2017

Aug 2, 2016 11:47 AM

The Toronto Raptors are expected to have interest in Serge Ibaka in free agency in 2017.

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.

Ibaka was traded to the Orlando Magic from the Oklahoma City Thunder on draft night.

Doug Smith/Toronto Star

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

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Magic In No Rush To Pursue Trade Of Nikola Vucevic

Jul 26, 2016 2:07 PM

The Orlando Magic are in no rush to pursue a trade of Nikola Vucevic.

The Magic traded for Serge Ibaka while also signing Bismack Biyombo in free agency to create a logjam at the big positions.

Rob Hennigan, the team's GM, called Vucevic shortly after the Biyombo signing to reassure him, but also declined to promise Vucevic he would remain the starter, the two men say. 

Orlando has concerns that they may have a potential playmaking void that Vucevic could help alleviate. Vucevic is a quality post player and passer. Vucevic assisted on 16 percent of Orlando's baskets while on the floor last season.

With Vucevic, Ibaka and 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

Tags: Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Close To C.J. Wilcox For Devyn Marble Trade With Magic

Jul 14, 2016 8:40 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are finalizing a trade to acquire Devyn Marble and a 2020 second round pick from the Orlando Magic for C.J. Wilcox and cash.

The Magic were going to waive Marble, who was a second round pick in 2014.

Wilcox was the Clippers' first round pick in 2014.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Devyn Marble, C.J. Wilcox, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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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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