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Serge Ibaka Had Been Sending Some Signals Of Leaving Thunder In 2017

Jun 24, 2016 2:57 PM

Serge Ibaka had been sending signals he might leave the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency in 2017 over the past year, according to sources. Ibaka also was beginning to grow tired with his lack of touches on offense.

The Thunder dealt Ibaka on draft night to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis.

Oklahoma City made the trade also knowing Kevin Durant was fine with Ibaka being traded, according to sources.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic Acquire Serge Ibaka From Thunder

Jun 23, 2016 8:48 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic.

The Thunder will acquire Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis.

Ibaka had a disappointing regular season but his value was clear in the Western Conference Finals with his ability to hit outside shots and defend all areas of the court.

Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent in 2017 and he's wanted to be more of a centerpiece. Ibaka wasn't seeking or anticipating a trade from the Thunder.

Steven Adams has emerged at center for the Thunder and he'll soon be coming off his rookie deal.

The Toronto Raptors also had serious talks about a trade for Ibaka.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers, Magic, Pistons To Pursue Al Horford In Free Agency

Jun 22, 2016 11:29 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons are amongst the teams who intend to pursue Al Horford this offseason.

Horford has become even more valuable over the past few seasons with his improved three-point shooting and versatility on defense.

Horford can sign with the Atlanta Hawks for five years and 7.5 percent raises whereas any rival team can only offer him four seasons guaranteed.

Horford is coming off an extension he signed with the Hawks in 2010.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic Trying To Hire Chad Forcier As Frank Vogel's Top Assistant

Jun 15, 2016 9:13 PM

Frank Vogel is pursuing Chad Forcier to be his top assistant with the Orlando Magic.

Forcier has been an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs since 2007 and was with the Indiana Pacers for several season prior to that working for Rick Carlisle. 

Forcier's career began with the Seattle SuperSonics as an intern for George Karl.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Frank Vogel Denies 'Begging' Larry Bird To Remain With Pacers

May 25, 2016 7:56 PM

Frank Vogel denied comments made by Larry Bird that he begged to remain head coach of the Indiana Pacers during the morning before he was let go. Bird made those remarks during his press conference explaining the decision.

"I was OK with that. Larry's going to speak his mind. A lot of people talked to me about it who didn't like that and it's probably an inaccurate perception that I was begging him to stay. ... I fully respect Larry and the process. He knew it was going to be an unpopular move but he did what he had to do.

"I felt like we were on the verge of some big things. We stood toe-to-toe with a 56-win team. I told my team after the series that we're poised ....  I felt like I was going to be able to do that with this group. That was my only mention to Larry."

Vogel said he and Bird shared the same philosophy on how they wanted the Pacers to play.

That’s a misconception about this whole view. Larry and I have been very well aligned all the way through these six years, including the decision to try to play faster and smaller this year," Vogel said. "This is not something I was resistant to. It’s a style of play I’m going to try to implement with the Orlando Magic. ... There was a lot made about Larry vs. Frank and the differences. But throughout the whole process, we were very well aligned.

'It wasn't about difference of opinion or difference of philosophy. It was about change."

Vogel has since been hired as head coach of the Orlando Magic.

Phil Friend/Indianapolis Star

Tags: Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Frank Vogel: Magic 'Checked Off All The Boxes'

May 21, 2016 10:05 PM

Frank Vogel is excited for his opportunity with the Orlando Magic after the Indiana Pacers parted ways with him.

Vogel, unlike so many others over the years, really wants to be with the franchise.

"This organization checked off all the boxes," Vogel said. "This is the place I felt my family and I would be happy. … I'm confident we can create something in Orlando that's even better on all fronts than what we accomplished in Indiana."

Scott Skiles surprisingly stepped down as head coach of the Magic.

"I didn't talk to him [Skiles] and I'm not worried about the situation of how he left," Vogel said. "I make my own judgments on people. Everybody's personal relationships are different. I'm sure Scott has reasons for leaving that were right for him and his family, but they didn't impact my decision one bit. I wanted to talk to the people in Orlando myself and see what kind of connection I had with them — and right off the bat I knew this was a great fit for me."

Mike Bianchi/Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA

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Adrian Griffin Expected To Receive Interest From Tom Thibodeau To Join Wolves

May 19, 2016 4:11 PM

Adrian Griffin is signed through the 17-18 season with the Orlando Magic and a team option for the 18-19 season as an assistant coach.

Griffin was a finalist for Orlando's job that went to Frank Vogel.

Griffin is expected to receive interest throughout the NBA as an associate head coach or as a lead assistant coach.

Griffin could be reunited with Tom Thibodeau and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Frank Vogel Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Magic

May 19, 2016 4:07 PM

Frank Vogel and the Orlando Magic have agreed upon a deal for him to become head coach.

The Indiana Pacers parted ways with Vogel shortly after their season ended.

Scott Skiles stepped down as head coach last week.

Vogel has developed a reputation as one of the NBA's better defensive coaches.

Adrian Griffin was the other finalist for Orlando's job.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

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Magic Confident Of Deal With Frank Vogel

May 19, 2016 10:08 AM

The Orlando Magic are optimistic they will be able to hire Frank Vogel as head coach despite competition from the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday morning that Vogel has met with the DeVos family that owns the team.

Orlando has been trying to decide between Vogel and Adrian Griffin this week.

Vogel had already established himself as the Grizzlies' top choice by the time the Magic joined the bidding this week.

Marc Stein, Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Frank Vogel, Adrian Griffin Emerge As Orlando's Top Two Candidates

May 18, 2016 11:08 AM

The Orlando Magic have completed interviews with Frank Vogel and Adrian Griffin.

Vogel and Griffin are believed to be Orlando's top two targets.

Griffin met with Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan on Tuesday in New York, and Vogel met with Magic officials on Monday.

Griffin is a popular choice among many of the Magic players, earning the locker room's respect as the top assistant on former coach Scott Skiles' staff this season. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd
The 76ers, Lakers and Celtics are in the top-3 of the NBA Draft Lottery.

RealGM Staff Report

Magic To Emphasize Defense With Head Coach Candidates
The Magic have had four head coaches since 11-12.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Frank Vogel Emerges As Candidate For Magic
The Magic have confirmed they will reach out to Frank Vogel as they begin their search for a new head coach.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Scott Skiles Steps Down As Magic Head Coach
Scott Skiles believes he's not the right coach for the Magic.

RealGM Staff Report

76ers, Magic, Lakers Have NBA's Worst Records Since Dwight/Bynum Trade In 2013
The 76ers have a winning percentage of .250, followed by the Magic at .312 and the Lakers at .336.

John Schuhmann/NBA.com

Celtics, Other Teams Called Bulls On Jimmy Butler At Deadline
Several teams are expected to try again on trading for Jimmy Butler in the offseason.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Magic Claim Chris Copeland Off Waivers
Chris Copeland was waived last week by the Bucks to create a roster spot for Steve Novak.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Clippers Talked C.J. Wilcox For Tony Snell, Wilcox For Shabazz Napier Trades
The Clippers discussed a trade of CJ Wilcox in multiple scenarios.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Bulls, Magic Discussing Shabazz Napier Trade
The Magic acquired Shabazz Napier from the Heat last year.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Cavs Trade Anderson Varejao To Blazers In Deal With Magic For Channing Frye
Anderson Varejao will be part of the trade, ending up with the Blazers.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Clippers Remain Unwilling To Agree Upon Channing Frye Trade
The Cavaliers are also interested in Channing Frye, who has two more seasons remaining on his deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Cavs Offer Anderson Varejao To Magic For Channing Frye
Channing Frye would give the Cavaliers another big capable of stretching the floor.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pelicans Talked Deal For Harris With Pistons, Magic Where Anderson Would Have Gone To Detroit
Ryan Anderson would have been dealt to the Pistons with Tobias Harris going to the Pelicans in the previous scenario.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Clippers, Magic In Advanced Channing Frye Trade Talks
Channing Frye is signed through the 17-18 season at $7.8 million and $7.4 million.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Magic Won't Trade Any Other Parts Of Young Core
Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja, Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton and Nik Vucevic won't be moved barring a blockbuster offer.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Pistons Acquire Tobias Harris For Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova
The Pistons have acquired Tobias Harris from the Magic for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Magic Willing To Discuss Trade Of Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris

Marc Stein, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

3D Look At Aaron Gordon's Dunk Of The Night
Aaron Gordon's dunk grabbing the ball from the Magic mascot standing on a hoverboard and then passing it underneath both of his legs before finishing a reverse was the clear highlight of the night.

RealGM Staff Report

Magic Willing To Listen To Tobias Harris Offers
Tobias Harris signed a four-year, $64 million contract with the Magic in free agency last year.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Nikola Vucevic Hopes Magic Don't Make Deadline Trade
Nikola Vucevic and Andrew Nicholson have been with the Magic since the beginning of their rebuild.

Brian Schmitz/Orlando Sentinel