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Markelle Fultz Could Make Season Debut On Sunday

Nov 26, 2022 4:52 PM

The Orlando Magic have been one of the unluckiest teams in terms of injuries this NBA season. It seems like things are finally taking a turn for the better for Orlando.

Markelle Fultz has been upgraded to questionable and could be in line to make his season debut on Sunday. Fultz has missed the Magic's first 19 games due to a broken left big toe.

Overall, only Cole Anthony and Jonathan Isaac are listed as out for Orlando. That's a change from the normal five-to-six players listed as out for the Magic. On Saturday, Anthony teased that he'll be "back so soon". Isaac has yet to play this season, after missing the last two seasons due to various leg injuries.

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Tags: Markelle Fultz, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Injury

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Paolo Banchero To Return After Seven-Game Ankle Injury Absence

Nov 25, 2022 9:19 AM

Paolo Banchero is set to return to game action on Friday after a seven-game absence with an ankle injury.

In 11 games prior to this injury, Paolo Banchero was averaging 23.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

“I'm feeling good,” Banchero said after the Magic’s practice on Wednesday. “It was good just to get back. It's been a while. A lot of observing. So, I was just happy to be out there.”

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Paolo Banchero Out One More Week With Sprained Ankle

Nov 18, 2022 8:30 AM

Orlando Magic rookie Paolo Banchero got his NBA career off to a terrific start. Unfortunately, that start has been put on pause due to a sprained left ankle. That injury is likely to cost Banchero at least one more week.

Banchero did not travel with the Magic for their game at the Chicago Bulls on Friday. Despite still being out, Banchero said he's making progress. The rookie forward also said this was the first time he's suffered a sprained left ankle.

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Tags: Paolo Banchero, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Injury

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Gary Harris Nearing Return For Magic

Nov 13, 2022 9:28 AM

Orlando Magic guard Gary Harris has missed the start of the 2022-23 NBA season while recovering from offseason knee surgery. But Harris says he's "getting close" to returning for the Magic.

Harris underwent surgery on August 31 after tearing his left meniscus. Orlando said Harris would be sidelined indefinitely, but he's started to ramp up his workouts recently.

“I’m moving around a little bit right now,” Harris said. “I’m really trying to get my timing back. Get back in basketball shape. I’m testing stuff out each day. I get more comfortable around the court.”
 
Orlando has been without several guards in the early part of this season. Injuries have hit Harris, Cole Anthony, Markelle Fultz and Jalen Suggs. Those absences have led to the Magic playing jumbo-sized lineups where rookie Paolo Banchero and second-year forward Franz Wagner handle most of the playmaking duties.

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Tags: Gary Harris, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Injury

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Jonathan Isaac Has Returned To 5-On-5 Work

Nov 8, 2022 9:37 AM

The last time Jonathan Isaac played in an NBA game was August 2, 2020 in the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World. Isaac blew out his knee in a game against the Sacramento Kings and has gone on to miss the entirety of the last two seasons.

Now, Isaac is inching closer to a return. The Orlando Magic big man said he's playing 5-of-5 for the last few weeks.

“I’ve been playing the last few weeks and just getting in shape,” Isaac said. “I’m still getting there. But in terms of body, knees and hamstrings, everything is great. I’m just not in game shape."

Isaac was closing in on a return last season before suffering a serious hamstring injury. At that point, the Magic chose to shut him down in what was a lost season. Isaac says he feels "fantastic" physically but needs more time to work on his conditioning.

“The only step is continuing to get in shape,” Isaac said. “We played the other day, and I was gassed. Obviously, I haven’t done it in a long time. Continuing to get in shape and playing 5-on-5 four times a week. Just being able to run up and down and get in shape is what I’m focused on right now."

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Tags: Jonathan Isaac, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Injury

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Udoka Azubuike, Leandro Bolmaro, RJ Hampton Had 23-24 Rookie Scale Team Options Declined

Nov 1, 2022 9:38 AM

Three players from the 2020 NBA Draft class had their 2023-24 rookie scale team options declined. The deadline for teams to exercise these options for next season was Monday, October 31.

Udoka Azubuike of the Utah Jazz had his fourth-year option declined. Jazz teammate Leandro Bolmaro had his third-year option declined by the Jazz. (Bolmaro was also drafted in 2020 but did not sign until 2021.) Bolmaro was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to Utah this past offseason.

RJ Hampton of the Orlando Magic also had his fourth-year option declined. Hampton was originally drafted by the Denver Nuggets before being traded to Orlando at the 2021 trade deadline.

Fellow 2020 draftee Jalen Smith had his third-year option declined by the Phoenix Suns last year. Smith was then traded to the Indiana Pacers at the 2022 trade deadline.

Azubuike, Bolmaro and Hampton's teams, or an acquiring team (as was the case with Smith), are now capped at paying them a first-year salary equal to the declined amount of their option. Smith re-signed with the Pacers on this type of deal this past summer.

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Tags: R.J. Hampton, Udoka Azubuike, Leandro Bolmaro, Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paolo Banchero Confirms Commitment To Italian National Team

Oct 31, 2022 9:56 AM

Paolo Banchero recently confirmed that his national team commitment lies with Italy, and not with the United States. Banchero initially told Marc Stein that he was planning to play for Italy and confirmed that commitment again in a conversation with Orlando Magic teammate R.J. Hampton.

While on Hampton's "Young Person" show, Banchero explained that him playing for Italy has been in the works for a while.

"When I was 16, the Italian national team reached out to my dad," Banchero said. "They were like, 'Does he have Italian roots? Can he get citizenship?' And my dad told them yes. So, the whole process started. I flew to San Francisco multiple times to meet them at the Italian embassy, we had a few meetings, and I ended up getting my Italian passport."

Banchero said he doesn't know when he'll make his debut for Italy, but that he's excited for the opportunity.

"I'm planning to play for the Italian national team, but I'm not sure when," Banchero said. "I haven't been out there yet, but man, the amount of love I'm getting from there... it's crazy, man. It's crazy. I can't wait to go to Italy."

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Tags: Paolo Banchero, Orlando Magic, Italy, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Misc Rumor, National Teams

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Cole Anthony Out Indefinitely With Oblique Injury

Oct 27, 2022 9:12 AM

The Orlando Magic backcourt rotation has been hit by several injuries to start the season. Cole Anthony is the latest player to go down, as he has an oblique injury that will sideline him indefinitely.

Anthony was injured during Wednesday's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The third-year guard still managed to play 32 minutes, but was largely ineffective, as he shot 2-of-10 from the floor.

Orlando's list of injured guards has now grown to Anthony, Markelle Fultz, Gary Harris and Jalen Suggs. The only healthy Magic guards are R.J. Hampton, Kevon Harris and Terrence Ross.

None of the three healthy Orlando guards are primary ballhandlers. That will likely see the Magic increasingly lean on big lineups, featuring Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner taking on increased playmaking roles.

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Paolo Banchero Signs Endorsement Deal With Jordan Brand

Oct 18, 2022 1:52 AM

Paolo Banchero signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Jordan Brand. 

"The marketing and the product, and just how exclusive they are. Jordan, to me, is real sharp and stylish at the same time. I feel like that fit me real well," said Banchero on what lead him to choose Jordan Brand.

Banchero also drew interest from Adidas and Puma.

The deal was negotiated by Mike Miller's LIFT Sports Management.

Banchero will wear several Jordan models this season, including the Luka 1, Zion 2, and the mid and low-top cuts of the Air Jordan 37.

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Multiple Sixers Execs Urged Bryan Colangelo To Look Closer At Ball, Tatum Before Selecting Fultz

Oct 17, 2022 1:11 PM

Bryan Colangelo zeroed in on Markelle Fultz during the 2017 NBA draft and traded up from No. 3 with the Boston Celtics to select him.

According to multiple former executives with the Philadelphia 76ers tell Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer that front office members urged Colangelo to take a second look at selecting either Lonzo Ball or Jayson Tatum.

Colangelo refused and selected Fultz, who ended up having an issue with his shoulder that impacted his shooting.

Fultz didn't make his debut with the Sixers until March of the 17-18 season.

The Sixers traded Fultz to the Orlando Magic in February 2019.

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Jalen Suggs Available For Magic Season Opener

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Magic Waive Devin Cannady, Jay Scrubb, Simi Shittu

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Magic Waive Drake Jeffries, Sign Simi Shittu

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Magic Waive Alex Morales, Sign Drake Jeffries

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti (2022-23)

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Magic Waive Aleem Ford, Zavier Simpson; Sign Alex Morales, Jay Scrubb

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Jalen Suggs Suffers Left Knee Capsule Sprain, Avoids Serious Injury

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Jalen Suggs Will Undergo MRI On Left Leg, X-Rays Negative

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Magic Sign Aleem Ford, Zavier Simpson To Camp Deals

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Markelle Fultz Out Indefinitely With Fracture In Left Big Toe

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Magic Sign Guard Joel Ayayi

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Gary Harris Undergoes Meniscectomy Surgery

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Gary Harris Suffered Torn Meniscus In Left Knee

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Simi Shittu, Magic Agree To Deal

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Zavier Simpson, Magic Agree To Deal

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Paolo Banchero Agrees To Endorsement Deal With Jordan Brand

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Kevon Harris, Magic Sign Two-Way Contract

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Magic Re-Sign Admiral Schofield On Two-Way Deal

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Magic Shut Down Paolo Banchero For Rest Of Summer League

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