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Rashad Vaughn Signs 10-Day Contract With Magic

Feb 20, 2018 1:29 PM

Rashad Vaughn has agreed to sign a 10-day contract with the Orlando Magic.

Vaughn was recently waived by the New Orleans Pelicans following trades involving the Nets and Pelicans.

John Hammond was general manager of the Bucks when Vaughn was drafted in 2015.

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Suns Acquire Elfrid Payton From Magic For 2nd Round Pick

Feb 8, 2018 2:57 PM

The Orlando Magic have traded Elfrid Payton to the Phoenix Suns for a second round pick.

Payton will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

Payton, who was the 10th overall pick in 2014, was averaging 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 28.6 minutes per game this season with the Magic.

The Suns have had a need at point guard since trading Eric Bledsoe.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion

Feb 7, 2018 10:47 AM

The New York Knicks remain the NBA's most valuable franchise for the third straight season, according to Forbes' annual report.

The Knicks are valued at $3.6 billion, which is an increase of nine percent from 2017.

The Los Angeles Lakers rank second at $3.3 billion, an increase of 10 percent.

The Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics round out the top-5.

The average NBA franchise is now worth a record $1.65 billion, up 22% over last year, and more than triple the figure of five years ago. 

Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

“Investor interest in the NBA is enormous right now,” said Forbes’ senior editor Kurt Badenhausen, “thanks to the league’s strong current economic environment, as well as the international growth prospects, which are the best of any major U.S. sports league.”

1. Knicks: $3.6 billion (+9%)
2. Lakers: $3.3 billion (+10%)
3. Warriors: $3.1 billion (+19%)
4. Bulls: $2.6 billion (+4%)
5. Celtics: $2.5 billion (+14%)
6. Nets: $2.3 billion (+28%)
7. Rockets: $2.2 billion (+33%)
8. Clippers: $2.15 billion (+7%)
9. Mavericks: $1.9 billion (+31%)
10. Heat: $1.7 billion (+26%)
11. Spurs: $1.55 billion (+32%)
12. Raptors: $1.4 billion (+24%)
13. Kings: $1.375 billion (+28%)
14. Wizards: $1.35 billion (+35%)
15. Cavaliers: $1.325 billion (+10%)
16. Blazers: $1.3 billion (+24%)
17. Suns: $1.28 billion (+16%)
18. Thunder: $1.25 billion (+22%)
19. Magic: $1.225 billion (+33%)
20. Jazz: $1.2 billion (+32%)
21. 76ers: $1.18 billion (+48%)
22. Pacers: $1.175 billion (+34%)
23. Hawks: $1.15 billion (+30%)
24. Nuggets: $1.125 billion (+26%)
25. Pistons: $1.1 billion (+22%)
26. Bucks: $1.075 billion (+37%)
27. Wolves: $1.06 billion (+38%)
28. Hornets: $1.05 billion (+35%)
29. Grizzlies: $1.025 billion (+30%)
30. Pelicans: $1 billion (+33%)

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Knicks Interested In Trading For Elfrid Payton

Feb 6, 2018 10:20 PM

The New York Knicks have interest in trading for Elfrid Payton.

Scott Perry was with the Orlando Magic when the franchise drafted Payton.

Payton will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

According to the source, Perry still believes in the 6-foot-4 Payton as a potentially solid defender, though advanced metrics show he’s subpar.

The Knicks and Magic have had preliminary talks on Payton while also expanding the discussions to include Bismack Biyombo and Joakim Noah. Biyombo has one fewer season on his deal, which would likely force the Knicks to include an additional asset.

Marc Berman/New York Post

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Donovan Mitchell Replaces Aaron Gordon In Dunk Contest

Feb 5, 2018 12:07 PM

Aaron Gordon has withdrawn from the 2018 Slam Dunk contest due to a strained left hip flexor.

Gordon has missed the past few games with the injury.

Donovan Mitchell will replace Gordon, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Magic Exploring Trade Market On Aaron Gordon

Feb 2, 2018 10:05 AM

The Orlando Magic have begun to explore the trade market on Aaron Gordon.

Gordon will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

Jeff Weltman and John Hammond were hired last offseason to run the Orlando front office and it is unclear which players they inherited remain part of their plans.

Gordon is averaging 18.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

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Magic Waive Adreian Payne From Two-Way Contract

Jan 27, 2018 6:52 PM

The Orlando Magic waived Adreian Payne following a report from ESPN that Michigan State mishandled a rape allegation against he and Keith Appling. The incident reportedly happened in August of 2010.

Payne was a two-way player for the Magic.

Payne appeared in five games this season for the Magic and 17 games for the Magic’s G-League team in Lakeland, including Friday night’s game in Ohio against the Canton Charge.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

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Nikola Vucevic Hopes He's Not Traded By Magic

Jan 26, 2018 10:05 AM

Nikola Vucevic has been with the Orlando Magic since 2012 and has no desire to be traded.

“I love it here,” Vucevic answered when he was asked whether he’d like to remain with the team. “I’m just disappointed that I haven’t been able to bring more wins and more joy to this franchise, to these fans. That’s the biggest disappointment for me. But other than that, everything’s been great for me here as far as how the organization treated me, how the fans treated me, my role on the team, how I’ve been able to perform. All that’s been great.

“I think if only we could get some wins, get some joy around here, it would be so much better. I always think we’re not that far away. I always think it’s like a couple of things that need to change, a couple of things that we could do to make it better. That’s why I try to stay positive. It’s not easy. A lot times when we have a bad loss, when we get a couple of losses in a row and all that, it takes a toll. You get very frustrated. But it’s never gotten to a point where I felt like I should ask to be moved.”

Vucevic will be a free agent in 2019.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

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Aaron Gordon, Victor Oladipo, Dennis Smith Jr. Commit To Dunk Contest

Jan 24, 2018 7:10 AM

Aaron Gordon, Victor Oladipo and Dennis Smith Jr. have committed to participating in the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest.

Larry Nance Jr. is a strong candidate to be the fourth contestant.

The NBA will announce the participants next week.

Donovan Mitchell is one player who had gained momentum for the contest this season but it appears he will not receive an invite.

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Arron Afflalo Receives Two-Game Suspension For Fight With Nemanja Bjelica

Jan 18, 2018 4:43 PM

Arron Afflalo has received a two-game suspension from the NBA for his altercation with Nemanja Bjelica.

Afflalo and Bjelica were both ejected following the incident.

Afflalo landed a punch on Bjelica.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

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Magic Expected To Shop Evan Fournier, Elfrid Payton, Mario Hezonja
The Magic have gone 4-27 after beginning the season with an 8-4 record.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Pistons Pursued Trade For Evan Fournier
The Pistons would have struggled to find a workable trade without including the contract of Reggie Jackson.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Jonathan Isaac Out Indefinitely With Ankle Injury
Jonathan Isaac will be placed in an injury rehabilitation and conditioning program.

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Magic Hired Becky Bonner By Showing Roadmap To Becoming NBA GM
Becky Bonner is the director of player development and quality control for the Magic under Jeff Weltman.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Nikola Vucevic Out 6-8 Weeks With Fractured Left Hand
Nikola Vucevic suffered a break in the first metatarsal in his hand during Saturday's game.

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Terrence Ross Out Indefinitely With Sprained MCL, Right Tibial Plateau Fracture
Terrence Ross will be out indefinitely and is expected to miss several months.

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Magic To Discontinue Orlando Summer League
The Magic have held the Summer League since 2002.

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Magic Decline 18-19 Option On Mario Hezonja
Mario Hezonja was shopped by the Magic leading to Tuesday's deadline.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Magic Explore Trade Market For Mario Hezonja
The Magic have to decide whether to pick up their $5.2 million option on Mario Hezonja for the 17-18 season.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

Jamel Artis Signs Two-Way Deal With Magic
Jamel Artis played for the Knicks in Summer League and the preseason.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

Magic Waive Troy Caupain, Rodney Purvis
Orlando's roster now stands at 18 players.

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Magic Sign Rodney Purvis
Orlando's roster is now at 20 players.

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Magic Hire Tracy McGrady As Special Assistant To Alex Martins
Tracy McGrady will be around to work Magic players and coaches both on and off the court.

Mike Bianchi, Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Adreian Payne Suffers Broken Hand
Adreian Payne signed a two-way contract with Orlando on August 21.

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

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Magic Name David Tenney High Performance Director
David Tenney joins the Magic from the MLS.

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Dwight Howard: I Never Recovered From Dwightmare Period
Dwight Howard's future with the 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/Sports Illustrated

Magic Promote Jay Hernandez, Matt Hill To Assistant Coach
Jay Hernandez enters his fourth season with the Orlando Magic and first as assistant coach.

Magic Re-Sign Damjan Rudez
Damjan Rudez appeared in 45 games last season with the Magic.

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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 For The Win break down the Southeast Division.

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