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Jonathan Isaac, Nikola Vucevic Both Expected To Be Ready For Game 1

Apr 11, 2019 11:00 PM

Jonathan Isaac will be ready for game 1 of the Orlando Magic's series against the Toronto Raptors after clearing the NBA's concussion protocol.

Isaac was injured after getting hit in the jaw against the Celtics on Sunday.

Nikola Vucevic, who sat out the Magic's regular season finale with a stomach virus, is also expected to be ready for game 1 on Saturday. 

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Steve Clifford: Magic Players Excitement Over Reaching Playoffs Shows 'Purity In The NBA'

Apr 8, 2019 10:04 AM

The Orlando Magic have qualified for the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons.

Steve Clifford inherited a Magic team that went 25-57 last season and 157-335 over the previous six seasons.

Clifford talked about how excited the Magic were to clinch their playoff spot.

“Anybody that doesn’t think there’s purity in the NBA should have seen the scene in the locker room,” Clifford said.

“A phenomenal locker room scene. The guys were ecstatic, deserving, and it’s fun to see. I feel like we’ve done it the right way. We’ve played our best here this last 30, 31 games. We’ve made good progress all year.”

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Magic Sign Michael Carter-Williams For Remainder Of Season, Waive Isaiah Briscoe

Apr 4, 2019 11:19 AM

The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard Michael Carter-Williams for the remainder of the season, Carter-Williams signed his initial 10-day contract with Orlando on Mar. 15, then a second 10-day contract on Mar. 25.

In addition, Orlando has waived guard Isaiah Briscoe. Orlando’s roster now stands at 17 players.

Carter-Williams has appeared in nine games with the Magic, averaging 5.4 ppg., 4.8 rpg., 3.7 apg. and 1.00 blkpg. in 18.7 minpg. Prior to joining Orlando, he played in 16 games (one start) this season with Houston, averaging 4.3 ppg. and 1.3 apg. in 9.1 minpg. Carter-Williams was traded by the Rockets along with cash considerations to Chicago in exchange for a protected 2020 second round draft pick on Jan. 7. He was then waived by Chicago.

Briscoe played in 39 games this season with Orlando, averaging 3.5 ppg., 2.2 apg. and 1.9 rpg. in 14.3 minpg. He also played in two games with Lakeland of the NBA G League, averaging 16.0 ppg., 7.0 apg. and 1.50 stlpg. in 31.2 minpg. Briscoe was originally signed as a free agent on Jul. 6, 2018.

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Magic Sign Michael Carter-Williams To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 25, 2019 10:21 AM

The Orlando Magic have signed Michael Carter-Williams to a second 10-day contract.

Carter-Williams signed his initial 10-day contract with Orlando on Mar. 15.

Carter-Williams has appeared in three games with the Magic, averaging 3.0 ppg., 4.7 rpg. and 2.3 apg. in 16.4 minpg. Prior to joining Orlando, he played in 16 games (one start) this season with Houston, averaging 4.3 ppg. and 1.3 apg. in 9.1 minpg. Carter-Williams was traded by the Rockets along with cash considerations to Chicago in exchange for a protected 2020 second round draft pick on Jan. 7. He was then waived by Chicago.

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Markelle Fultz Relocates To Orlando, Believes His TOS Is Getting Better Every Day

Mar 20, 2019 8:25 AM

Markelle Fultz has relocated to Orlando to continue his rehab. Fultz had been working on his recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome in Southern California. Fultz was traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Orlando Magic in February.

Fultz is not practicing with the team and has no timetable for his return, but he will attend Magic practices and games. Fultz said it felt “unbelievable” to be around his new teammates.

“I think it’s what’s best for me and the team,” Fultz said after he watched practice Tuesday. “(It’s beneficial) just being around these guys, so they see my face and I see their face. I’m going to learn as much as I can. As we make this push for the playoffs, I want to be here with my guys and just support them.”

Fultz was asked how his rehab work is progressing.

“It’s going great. I’m feeling really good. I’m happy. I’m blessed. And as I’m going forward, I’m just sticking with the plan and just going through rehab."

Fultz said the plan is to be able to shoot without discomfort or pain.

“I’m definitely getting better each and every day,” Fultz said. “That’s what a lot of people didn’t know about TOS: It’s very tricky, and the pain is different for different people. But that’s what I’m working on now in rehab: just getting better each and every day. And the progression that I’m making is very good.”

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Michael Carter-Williams Signs 10-Day Contract With Magic

Mar 15, 2019 2:37 PM

The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard Michael Carter-Williams to a 10-day contract.

Carter-Williams played in 16 games (one start) this season with Houston, averaging 4.3 ppg. and 1.3 apg. in 9.1 minpg. He was traded by the Rockets along with cash considerations to Chicago in exchange for a protected 2020 second round draft pick on Jan. 7. Carter-Williams was then waived by Chicago.

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Steve Clifford: Markelle Fultz Still Rehabbing Shoulder, Likely Won't Play This Year

Mar 6, 2019 1:07 AM

Markelle Fultz continues to rehab his shoulder and probably will not see the floor this season, according to Steve Clifford.

"He's still rehabbing his shoulder and he's not even able to really do much on the floor yet. It's a pretty significant shoulder injury. I would say he's starting to do a little bit, but it would be very difficult for him to get back this year," said Clifford.

The 76ers beat the Magic on Tuesday night. Brett Brown said he continues to support his former point guard.

"We're always thinking about Markelle and we truly wish him well. I hope he can resurface -- and I believe he will -- and reclaim some of the expectations that he has on himself and the marketplace has for him," said Brown.

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Magic Become First NBA Team To Use AI Player Tracking Data

Feb 25, 2019 9:31 AM

The Orlando Magic announced an exclusive deal as the only NBA team with access to AutoSTATS, a revolutionary new artificial intelligence (AI) technology from STATS.

The Magic will use tracking data produced by AutoSTATS to analyze collegiate players and improve evaluation and decisions for the NBA draft. AutoSTATS delivers comprehensive player-tracking data directly from video through patented AI and computer vision technology. The new technology gives the Magic exclusive access to the college tracking data currently unavailable at this scale due to the scarce use of in-venue tracking systems.

“When we saw the power of AutoSTATS, we were immediately drawn to the benefits this data can provide in our draft decision making process,” said Jeff Weltman, President of Basketball Operations for the Orlando Magic. “Now, instead of using data from just a handful of games, we will be able to make our draft decisions with data from every collegiate game a potential draft pick has played.”

The first-of-its-kind technology in sports, AutoSTATS is the result of years of research and development from STATS’ award-winning AI team. AutoSTATS data quality has matched in-venue hardware systems and eliminates the need for hardware in all stadiums used for regular season and post-season tournaments.

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Raptors Sought Trade For Nikola Mirotic Before Pivoting To Marc Gasol

Feb 15, 2019 5:44 PM

The Toronto Raptors were interested in trading for Nikola Mirotic from the New Orleans Pelicans at the trade deadline.

The Raptors and Pelicans worked together on a three-way trade that would have sent Delon Wright to the Orlando Magic.

The Pelicans instead traded Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks, which led the Raptors to pivot to their acquisition of Marc Gasol instead.

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Magic Acquire Markelle Fultz From 76ers For Jonathon Simmons, OKC's 2020 FRP

Feb 7, 2019 2:46 PM

The Orlando Magic have agreed to trade for Markelle Fultz from the Philadelphia 76ers for Jonathan Simmons, a first round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder and a second round pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Fultz was the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but he's dealt with a series of injuries that have rendered him unable to shoot.

Fultz is due $9.75 million next season.

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Hawks, Magic Have Expressed Interest In Markelle Fultz
Markelle Fultz is owed $9.75 million for the 19-20 season.

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Mo Bamba Diagnosed With Stress Fracture In Left Tibia
Mo Bamba may be able to avoid surgery.

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Mavs Had Interest In Aaron Gordon Before Kristaps Porzingis Trade
Aaron Gordon re-signed with the Magic in 2018 and is on a descending contract.

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Mavericks Discussing Dennis Smith Jr. Trade With Suns, Magic
The Mavericks have escalated trade discussions centered on Dennis Smith Jr.

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Pelicans Interested In Terrence Ross
The Magic would prefer to move Jonathan Simmons instead of Ross.

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Terrence Ross Receiving Trade Interest
Ross, in the final year of his three-year deal, is having the best season of his career.

Marc Stein/The New York Times

Pistons, Magic Interested In Markelle Fultz
Markelle Fultz is making $8.3 million this season.

Vince Ellis/Detroit Free Press

Mo Bamba Suspended One Game For Violating Team Rule
Bamba is averaging 6.6 points and 4.6 rebounds as a rookie this season.

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Nikola Vucevic, Anthony Davis Named NBA Players Of The Week
During four games last week, Nikola Vucevic averaged 27.8 ppg., 10.5 rpg., 4.0 apg. and 1.25 stlpg.

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Magic Sign John Petrucelli, Waive B.J. Johnson
John Petrucelli appeared in 43 games last season with the Lakeland Magic.

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Magic Sign Devin Davis, Waive Gabe York
Devin Davis averaged 10.9 ppg., a team-high 6.3 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 26.0 minpg in his senior season.

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Magic Exercise 19-20 Option On Jonathan Isaac
Jonathan Isaac played in 27 games during his rookie campaign.

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Magic Not Currently Considering Trade Of Nikola Vucevic
Wth Nikola Vucevic on an expiring contract and the Magic having significant depth at center, there has been speculation of a possible trade.

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Magic Hire Bill Pope As Director Of Pro Personnel
Bill Pope was most recently working as a scout with the Kings.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti on East Over-Unders
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti break down the over/unders for the Eastern Conference.

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RealGM Radio: Andrew Sharp, Mike Prada On The Southeast Division
Host Danny Leroux, Mike Prada of SB Nation and Andrew Sharp of Sports Illustrated break down the NBA’s Southeast Division.

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Rich DeVos Passes Away At Age Of 92
Rich DeVos passed away due to complications from an infection.

Brian Schmitz, Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Magic Sign Gabe York
Gabe York played in Germany last season after spending the 16-17 season in the G League.

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Magic Open To Trading Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic is entering the final season of his contract with the Magic.

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Grizzlies Trade Jarell Martin To Magic For Dakari Johnson
This move brings the Grizzlies under the luxury tax.

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