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Magic Have Expressed Interest In Trading For Goran Dragic

Jan 13, 2017 10:29 AM

The Orlando Magic are one of multiple teams who have expressed interest in trading with the Miami Heat for Goran Dragic.

Miami gave up two future first rounders to the Phoenix Suns for Dragic in 2015 and will holdout for a sizable trade package in return for him.

Dragic has a player option after the 18-19 season but is signed on a reasonable salary considering the increase of the cap.

Dragic is averaging 19.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 34.3 minutes per game this season.

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Magic Tried To Trade For Paul Millsap Before Doing Serge Ibaka Deal

Jan 9, 2017 2:32 PM

The Orlando Magic made another trade push for Paul Millsap last summer before they acquired Serge Ibaka.

The Magic attempted to sign Millsap in the 2015 offseason before he re-signed with the Hawks. Orlando also tried to trade for Millsap before the 12-13 season.

Without a trade for Millsap, they pivoted to acquiring Ibaka from the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo, Ersay Ilyasova and their lottery picks.

Millsap is expected to opt for free agency in the 2017 offseason.

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Tags: Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic Waive Arinze Onuaku

Jan 7, 2017 1:57 PM

The Orlando Magic have waived center Arinze Onuaku.

Orlando’s roster now stands at 14 players.

Onuaku (6’9”, 255, 7/13/87) played in eight games this season with the Magic, averaging 0.5 ppg. in 3.5 minpg. He was originally signed as a free agent by Orlando on September 8.

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Magic Assign C.J. Wilcox To D-League

Jan 3, 2017 2:32 PM

The Orlando Magic have assigned guard C.J. Wilcox to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.

Wilcox (6’5”, 195, 12/30/90) has played in 15 games this season with the Magic, averaging 0.9 ppg. in 5.0 minpg. This will be his second assignment to Erie. He was previously assigned on December 15. Wilcox has played in two games (one start) with the BayHawks, averaging 10.0 ppg., 2.5 rpg., 2.5 apg., 1.50 blkpg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 22.0 minpg.

Wilcox was acquired by Orlando along with cash considerations from the L.A. Clippers in exchange for Devyn Marble and a future second round draft pick on July 15. He has spent time in the NBA Development League during his professional career with Bakersfield (2015-16), Canton (2015-16) and Fort Wayne (2014-15).

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Magic Assign Stephen Zimmerman To D-League

Dec 31, 2016 1:55 PM

The Orlando Magic have assigned Stephen Zimmerman to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.

Zimmerman (7’0”, 240, 9/9/96) has appeared in eight games this season with the Magic, averaging 1.3 ppg. and 1.8 rpg. in 4.0 minpg. He was previously assigned to Erie on November 28 and December 15. Zimmerman has played and started in six games with the BayHawks, averaging 17.3 ppg., 13.5 rpg., 1.0 apg., 1.50 blkpg. and 1.33 stlpg. in 34.2 minpg., while shooting .494 (42-85) from the field. He was originally selected in the second round (41st overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft by Orlando.

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Magic Purchase Erie BayHawks, Will Relocate Team To Florida

Dec 14, 2016 5:39 PM

The Orlando Magic and the NBA Development League announced that the Magic has agreed to purchase the Erie BayHawks and intend to relocate the team to Lakeland, Fla., to begin play for the 2017-18 season. The anticipated relocation of the NBA D-League team also includes the future development of a practice facility in nearby Winter Haven, Fla. With the purchase, the Magic becomes the 17th NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate.

“Today's announcement not only shows the continued growth of the NBA D-League but also enables the Magic to develop players close to home and provides fans in Central Florida the opportunity to watch top NBA prospects compete,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner. “I’m thrilled to welcome the Magic as NBA D-League owners, and I want to thank Steve Demetriou and Owen McCormick for their leadership in Erie.”

“When we started this process, our goal was to have our NBA Development League team closer to home, and the perfect fit for us was the City of Lakeland,” said Magic CEO and NBA D-League Team Managing Partner Alex Martins. “Having our D-League team in Lakeland gives us the best opportunity to continue developing our young players and extend the Orlando Magic brand across Central Florida.”

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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
Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja and Elfrid Payton are now signed through the 17-18 season.

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RealGM Radio: Southeast Division With Mike Prada, Adi Joseph
Host Danny Leroux, Mike Prada of SB Nation and Adi Joseph of the Sporting News break down the NBA's Southeast Division.

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Magic Sign Ramon Galloway
Ramon Galloway spent last season playing in Italy.

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Magic Waive Cliff Alexander, Branden Dawson, Kevin Murphy
Cliff Alexander, Branden Dawson and Kevin Murphy each appeared in two preseason games.

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Frank Vogel To Use Aaron Gordon At SF In Similar Way As Paul George
Aaron Gordon made just 29.6 percent of his three-pointers last season.

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Serge Ibaka Undergoes MRI On Knee, Shows No Structural Damage
Serge Ibaka will be available for Orlando's preseason game on Wednesday.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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