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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti

Sep 21, 2017 12:43 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

They go through over/unders and other relevant odds for the Bulls (2:38), Hawks (8:04), Nets (12:18), Knicks (16:42), Pacers (23:09), Magic (30:03), Pistons (37:10), 76ers (44:03), Hornets (57:50), Heat (1:03:04), Bucks (1:08:44), Wizards (1:22:04), Raptors (1:28:30), Cavs (1:35:52) and Celtics (1:52:18).

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Magic Name David Tenney High Performance Director

Sep 20, 2017 3:30 PM

The Orlando Magic have named David Tenney high performance director.

One of Major League Soccer’s most respected and progressive minds in sports science, Tenney joins the Magic after spending nine seasons (2009-17) with the Seattle Sounders FC. He served as high performance director for the 2017 season after previous seasons as sports science & performance manager (2015-16) and head fitness coach (2009-14). While with Seattle, the Sounders were MLS Cup Champions in 2016, won the U.S. Open Cup for four successive years (2009-12) and made the playoffs eight consecutive years. Prior to joining the Sounders, Tenney served as both fitness and goalkeeper coach with Sporting Kansas City for two seasons (2007-08).

Before his time in MLS, Tenney held the same dual role of goalkeeper coach & head fitness coach with the George Mason University men’s and women’s teams for two seasons (2004-06). In 2006, George Mason advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 12 years.

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Dwight Howard: I Never Recovered From Dwightmare Period

Sep 19, 2017 4:54 PM

Dwight Howard's future with the Orlando Magic and long dragged out exit dominated the NBA landscape in 2012 and he feels like the period has continued to plague his career five years later.  Lee Jenkins writes that "Howard can't stop reliving" some of the details of his Dwightmare period.

“In a lot of ways, I feel like I never recovered,” said Howard.

Howard played through a torn labrum with the Los Angeles Lakers in an effort to regain his reputation around the NBA.

“I lost confidence in who I am as a player,” he recalls. “I’d hear people say, ‘You should play more like Shaq,’ so I tried to bully guys. But that didn’t work because I’m not as big as Shaq. Then I’d hear people say, ‘You smile too much, you should be more like Kobe,’ so I tried to put on a mean face and play mad. But I wound up getting all these stupid techs and flagrant fouls.” 

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Magic Promote Jay Hernandez, Matt Hill To Assistant Coach

Sep 18, 2017 6:24 PM

The Orlando Magic have promoted Jay Hernandez and Matt Hill to assistant coach.

In addition, Randy Wittman has been added to the staff as a coaching consultant.

Hernandez enters his fourth season with the Orlando Magic and first as assistant coach. He originally joined the Magic as assistant coach/player development prior to the 2014-15 campaign, where he was responsible for on-court skill development, as well as game scouts. Hernandez established and collaborated with various departments to implement a return from injury protocol that incorporates analytics with an on-court simulation. He has also been responsible for organizing and running on court pre-draft workouts for the last three seasons.

Hill begins his sixth season with the Orlando Magic and first as an assistant coach. He began his career in 2012, joining the Magic as a video analyst/opposition. Hill was later promoted in 2015 to manager of advanced scouting/player development.

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Magic Re-Sign Damjan Rudez

Sep 7, 2017 5:09 PM

The Orlando Magic have re-signed free agent forward Damjan Rudez.

Rudez appeared in 45 games last season with the Magic, averaging 1.8 ppg. in 7.0 minpg.

Not drafted by an NBA franchise, he has played in 146 career NBA regular season games (two starts) with Indiana, Minnesota and Orlando (2014-17), averaging 3.3 ppg. in 11.2 minpg., while shooting .373 (106-284) from three-point range.

Rudez is a former member of the Croatian Senior National Team.

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RealGM Radio: Southeast Division With Mike Prada, Adi Joseph

Sep 1, 2017 2:13 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Mike Prada of SB Nation (@MikePradaSBN) and Adi Joseph of For The Win (@AdiJoseph) break down the NBA’s Southeast Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves and choose the Southeast’s best newcomer.

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5, predict how many playoff teams will come out of the division, choose breakout players and much more.

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Rodney Purvis Signs Deal With Magic

Aug 28, 2017 1:04 PM

Rodney Purvis has agreed upon a partially guaranteed deal with the Orlando Magic.

Purvis' deal with the Magic provides a bonus if he is waived by the Magic and signs with their G-League affiliate.

Purvis went undrafted out of UConn in 2017.

Purvis played two games in Summer League with the Utah Jazz.

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Magic Sign Adreian Payne To Two-Way Contract

Aug 21, 2017 5:54 PM

The Orlando Magic have signed free agent forward Adreian Payne to a two-way contract.

Payne (6’10”, 237, 2/19/91) appeared in 18 games last season with Minnesota, averaging 3.5 ppg. and 1.8 rpg. in 7.5 minpg. He also spent time with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League.

Originally selected in the first round (15th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft by Atlanta, Payne has played in 102 career NBA regular season games (24 starts) with Atlanta and Minnesota, averaging 4.0 ppg. and 3.0 rpg. in 13.3 minpg. He has also spent time with Fort Wayne, Austin and Erie of the NBA G League.

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Adetunji Adedipe Named Assistant GM Of Lakeland Magic

Aug 21, 2017 11:22 AM

Adetunji Adedipe has been named Orlando Magic basketball operations/Lakeland Magic assistant general manager.

Adedipe is in his third season with the Orlando Magic organization. He began his career as a basketball operations assistant for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League during the 2014-15 season prior to joining IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. While at IMG, Adedipe coached the Ascenders junior varsity and assisted in NBA pre-draft workouts. During the summer of 2015, he interned with the Philadelphia 76ers in the basketball operations department. Adedipe joined the Orlando Magic in September of 2015 as a basketball operations associate and served as basketball operations coordinator with the Erie BayHawks in 2016-17.

Adedipe was a three-year letterman and former captain of the Ohio University men’s basketball team. The Bobcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2010 with a win over Georgetown. A native of Cleveland, Oh., Adedipe graduated from Ohio University in 2010 and received a master’s degree in comparative politics in 2012.

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Magic Sign Troy Caupain To Camp Deal

Aug 19, 2017 6:46 PM

The Orlando Magic have signed Troy Caupain to a training camp deal.

Caupain went undrafted out of Cincinnati.

Caupain played five games in Summer League with the Toronto Raptors.

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Lakeland Magic Hire Anthony Parker As GM, Stan Heath As Head Coach
Anthony Parker has spent the last five seasons as a scout with the Orlando Magic.

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Magic Waive Marcus Georges-Hunt
Marcus Georges-Hunt was signed as a free agent by Orlando in April.

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Magic Sign Marreese Speights

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Magic Sign Khem Birch
Khem Birch played in Greece last season, appearing in 37 games with Olympiacos, averaging 7.3 ppg. and 5.6 rpg. in 18.0 minpg.

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Arron Afflalo Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Magic
Arron Afflalo signed a two-year, $25 million deal with Sacramento in 2016.

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Magic Sign Wesley Iwundu To Three-Year, $4.1M Deal
Orlando selected Wesley Iwundu No. 33 overall out of Kansas State.

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Magic Discussing Contract With Marreese Speights
The Magic are holding contract talks with Marreese Speights.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Jonathon Simmons Agrees To Three-Year, $18M Deal With Magic
Jonathon Simmons' deal has $13.3 million in guaranteed money.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Jonathon Simmons Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Magic
Jonathon Simmons joined the Magic one day after the Spurs rescinded their qualifying offer.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Magic To Waive C.J. Watson
The Magic will waive C.J. Watson.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Shelvin Mack Agrees To Two-Year, $12M Deal With Magic
Shelvin Mack will give the Magic depth at point guard behind Elfrid Payton.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Magic Waive Stephen Zimmerman
The Magic have waived Stephen Zimmerman.

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Wolves, Spurs, Clippers, 76ers, Magic, Nets, Jazz To Pursue Andre Iguodala
The Warriors still hope to re-sign Andre Iguodala.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Magic Agree To Jersey Sponsorship With Disney
The Walt Disney Corporation has a large presence in the Orlando area.

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Magic Hire Pete D'Alessandro As Assistant GM
Pete D'Alessandro was previously general manager of the Kings.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Raptors Acquire 2018 2nd Round Pick From Magic For Jeff Weltman
Orlando will send the Raptors the least favorable of two second round picks they control in 2018.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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

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Magic Hire John Hammond As GM
The Magic also interviewed Hammond for the job that eventually went to Jeff Weltman.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

John Hammond Could Join Weltman's Front Office With Magic
John Hammond has one more season remaining on his contract with the Bucks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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

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