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Giannis, Oladipo, Mason Plumlee Confirmed For Dunk Contest

Jan 21, 2015 4:02 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo and Mason Plumlee are three of the participants in the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest.

Another strong possibility is Zach LaVine, who has a 44-inch vertical.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mason Plumlee, Victor Oladipo, Zach Lavine, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion

Jan 21, 2015 11:15 AM

The average NBA franchise valuation is now a record $1.1 billion.

There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers lead the way at $2.6 billion, up 93% over last year. 

The value of the New York Knicks shot up 79% to $2.5 billion, ranking the team second overall.

Rounding out the top five are the Chicago Bulls ($2 billion), Boston Celtics ($1.7 billion) and Los Angeles Clippers ($1.6 billion).

6. Brooklyn Nets: $1.5 billion
7. Golden State Warriors: $1.3 billion
8. Houston Rockets: $1.25 billion
9. Miami Heat: $1.175 billion
10. Dallas Mavericks: $1.15 billion
11. San Antonio Spurs: $1 billion
12. Portland Trail Blazers: $940 million
13. Oklahoma City Thunder: $930 million
14. Toronto Raptors: $920 million
15. Cleveland Cavaliers: $915 million
16. Phoenix Suns: $910 million
17. Washington Wizards: $900 million
18. Orlando Magic: $875 million
19. Denver Nuggets: $855 million
20. Utah Jazz: $850 million
21. Indiana Pacers: $830 million
22. Atlanta Hawks: $825 million
23. Detroit Pistons: $810 million
24. Sacramento Kings: $800 million
25. Memphis Grizzlies: $750 million
26. Charlotte Hornets: $725 million
27. Philadelphia 76ers: $700 million
28. New Orleans Pelicans: $650 million
29. Minnesota Timberwolves: $625 million
30. Milwaukee Bucks: $600 million

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Jacque Vaughn Not Worried About Job Security

Jan 12, 2015 1:39 PM

Jacque Vaughn said he's not worried about his job security as head coach of the Orlando Magic despite another rough patch of the season.

It helps him that he learned as a player to avoid social-media chatter and unsubstantiated speculation about potential moves.

"I really don't read it," Vaughn said after the Magic lost their sixth consecutive game Saturday night.

Vaughn has a 43-121 record as head coach of the Magic.

"I'm not on social media. And the great thing is I do my job as hard as I can every single day, and I'll always keep it that way. I keep it that simple. I don't complicate it. What I do know is, since Day One, since I accepted this job, everything I've done has been for this organization and it'll continue to be that way."

The consensus within the organization has been that the team's inexperience has been the primary reason for the losses. The recent struggles, however, have triggered team officials to search for the root causes of the problem.

"You can't blame it on Jacque," Nikola Vucevic said. "We're the guys out there playing. You can't say that it's Jacque's fault. The effort has to come from us. He can't control that. He can give us plays and X's-and-O's and all that, but if we don't come out with any effort ... it's not going to do anything.

"We obviously want this thing to turn around, not only for him but all of us. Nobody in this locker room enjoys losing. It's no fun. Everything's so much better when you win."

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ben Gordon: My Game Is Back

Jan 5, 2015 8:54 PM

The signing of Ben Gordon on a two-year, $8 million contract by the Orlando Magic was widely criticized after his substandard play with the Charlotte Hornets.

"My game is back," Gordon said Monday. "My game is sharp. I'm being efficient and doing what I wanted to accomplish. They brought me in to bring a spark off the bench, and I've tried to keep my end of the deal."

Gordon, 31, is averaging 7.5 points in 15.5 minutes per game. 

"It's been a good situation for me," Gordon said. "I had to re-establish myself. I put it a lot of work, put in the time, and it's paid off."

Brian Schmitz/Orlando Sentinel

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Elfrid Payton Not Trying To Emulate Rondo's Game

Dec 18, 2014 1:10 PM

Elfrid Payton has frequently drawn comparisons to Rajon Rondo as they are both pass-first point guards who struggle with their perimeter shot and can play lockdown defense.

"It is what it is," Payton answered about the comparisons. "People are just doing their job: comparing people and things like that. I don't really try to be him. I could take pieces from his game from him. He's a good player. He's been successful. He's got a ring. But just like other players, you try to take a piece of their game from them."

As a rookie during the 2006-07 season, per 48 minutes, Rondo averaged 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 3.6 turnovers.

Per 48 minutes, Payton entered Wednesday's game averaging 12.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 9.6 assists and 4.4 turnovers.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

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Aaron Gordon Out Indefinitely With Fracture In Foot

Nov 16, 2014 12:05 PM

Aaron Gordon has a fracture in his foot and is out indefinitely.

Gordon fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during Saturday night’s game against the Washington Wizards.

Gordon was the fourth overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

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Tobias Harris Has Interest In Signing With Knicks

Nov 12, 2014 6:25 PM

Tobias Harris hopes that the New York Knicks will pursue him in restricted free agency.

“I’m telling you if the Knicks come at him hard, who wouldn’t want to play for their hometown team?” a Harris confidant told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog.

Harris is a native of Long Island and worked out multiple times this past summer with Carmelo Anthony.

“They play well together,” the confidant said. “Carmelo always had him on his team when Kevin Durant came to town and they would win every game.”


Adam Zagoria/The Knicks Blog

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Victor Oladipo Out Indefinitely With Facial Fracture

Oct 24, 2014 10:56 AM

Victor Oladipo will be out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture in practice Thursday.

Oladipo, who was evaluated Thursday afternoon, will undergo a corrective surgical procedure on Saturday. He was injured after taking an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill.

Oladipo (6’4”, 210, 5/4/92) has not played during the preseason due to a sprained MCL in his left knee.

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Nikola Vucevic, Magic Agree Upon Four-Year, $54M Extension

Oct 21, 2014 7:25 PM

The Orlando Magic and Nikola Vucevic have agreed upon a four-year, $54 million contract extension.

RealGM's Shams Charania reports that Vucevic's deal is fully guaranteed with no option seasons.

Vucevic was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers and came to the Orlando Magic in the Dwight Howard trade.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

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

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

Oct 17, 2014 12:09 PM

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 


Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 


Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 


Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 


Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 


Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 


Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 


Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 


Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 


Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 


Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 


Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 


Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 


Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 


Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 


Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 


Lightning Round


Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 


Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 


New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 


New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 


Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 


Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 


Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 


Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 


Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 


Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 


San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 


Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 


Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 


Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 


Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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Ridnour Beginning To Consider End Of Career
Luke Ridnour signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal with the Magic and the team has an option for 15-16 when he will be 34.

Brian Schmitz/Orlando Sentinel

RealGM Radio: On The Southeast Division With Galletti, Minton
Daniel Leroux, Arturo Galletti and Patrick Minton talk in-depth about the major offseasons for the Heat and Hornets, as well as small but important summers for the Wizards, Hawks and Magic, talk about their favorite moves and preview the upcoming season.

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Warriors Trade Seth Curry's D-League Rights To Erie BayHawks
Erie will provide Santa Cruz a first round pick in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft and the rights to guard Scott Suggs.

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Victor Oladipo Suffers Sprained MCL
Victor Oladipo return will be dependant on how his knee responds to treatment.

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Channing Frye Suffers Sprained MCL
Channing Frye doesn't have a timetable for when he will return to the court.

Evan Dunlap/Orlando Pinstriped Post

Tobias Harris Hopeful To Reach Contract Extension With Magic
Tobias Harris is confident in his fit with the Magic.

Brian Schmitz/Orlando Sentinel

Zoran Dragic In Talks With Heat, Spurs, Mavericks, Magic
Zoran Dragic informed teams of the Oct. 5 buyout deadline in the language of his contract with Unicaja Malaga of the European League, a source told RealGM.

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Jay Hernandez Hired By Magic As Assistant Coach
Jay Hernandez established Pro Hoops, Inc. in 2004, a basketball training service based in New York for teams and individuals seeking to improve their performance.

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Magic Name Bill Peterson Head Coach Of BayHawks
The Magic have named Bill Peterson as head coach of its D-League team, the Erie BayHawks.

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Magic Sign 2nd Round Pick Devyn Marble
Devyn Marble was the 56th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

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Magic Agree Upon Two-Year, $5.5M Deal With Luke Ridnour
The second year of Luke Ridnour's deal is non-guaranteed.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Bulls To Trade Anthony Randolph, Two 2nd Rounders To Magic To Clear Cap Space
The Bulls are trying to fit in Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic into their salary cap.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Channing Frye Agrees To Four-Year, $32M Deal With Magic
The Magic and Channing Frye have agreed upon a four-year, $32 million deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Marvin Williams Receiving Interest From Spurs, Heat, Wizards, Others
Marvin Williams is solidly in line to reach a contract agreement after the top free agents sign.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Ronnie Price Waived By Magic
The Magic have waived guard Ronnie Price.

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Ben Gordon Agrees To Two-Year, $9M Contract With Magic
Ben Gordon has agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract with the Magic.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Greg Monroe To Receive Interest From Blazers, Magic, Hawks
The Pistons are amenable to a sign-and-trade deal if Greg Monroe's contract gets too exorbitant.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Magic Waive Jameer Nelson, Doron Lamb
The Magic will save $6 million by releasing Jameer Nelson due to the non-guarateed part of his deal.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Aaron Gordon Excited To Go To Magic, Ready To Grow With Oladipo, Harris
Aaron Gordon felt that he worked out well for teams selecting four-to-eight, the range he felt hed be selected.

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Hornets Offered Henderson, 24th Pick To Magic For Afflalo
The Hornets are firmly focused on acquiring shooters this offseason.

Chad Ford/ESPN