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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.

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Magic Expected To Shop Evan Fournier, Elfrid Payton, Mario Hezonja

Jan 15, 2018 11:10 AM

The Orlando Magic are expected to shop Evan Fournier, Elfrid Payton and Mario Hezonja leading to February's trade deadline, according to rival executives.

Jeff Weltman was hired by the Magic last offseason and those are three players he inherited who are unlikely to remain in his plans.

The Magic have gone 4-27 after beginning the season with an 8-4 record.

Fournier signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Magic during the 2016 offseason.

The Magic declined their 18-19 option on Hezonja in October.

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Pistons Pursued Trade For Evan Fournier

Jan 9, 2018 9:10 AM

The Detroit Pistons have pursued a trade for Evan Fournier this season. The Pistons would have struggled to find a workable trade without including the contract of Reggie Jackson.

Jackson is out for an extended period with a severely sprained ankle.

Luke Kennard could also be included in the package for Fournier. Fournier agreed upon a five-year, $85 million contract with the Orlando Magic in 2016.

Stan Van Gundy has been aggressive on the trade market.

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Jonathan Isaac Out Indefinitely With Ankle Injury

Dec 30, 2017 6:02 PM

Jonathan Isaac will be placed in an injury rehabilitation and conditioning program and will be out indefinitely. 

Isaac's return to play will depend on how he responds to the program. Isaac originally suffered a sprained right ankle on Nov. 11

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Magic Hired Becky Bonner By Showing Roadmap To Becoming NBA GM

Dec 27, 2017 10:42 AM

Becky Bonner is the director of player development and quality control for the Orlando Magic and may one day become the NBA's first female general manager.

"I just think she's got unlimited potential," said Jeff Weltman, who hired Bonner from the league office in June, with the promise of full involvement in basketball operations and the belief she could one day run a team of her own.

"I want to be a GM," said Bonner.

Many teams attempted to hire Bonner in recent years but Weltman was the first to explicitly offer a roadmap to becoming a GM. Weltman's mother, Arlene, was an early NBA trailblazer as one of Commissioner David Stern's top executives in the 1980s.

Bonner was a Division I player who worked in the league office for six years. Bonner is the sister of Matt Bonner and Luke Bonner.

As Kim Bohuny, the NBA's senior vice president of international basketball operations, and a longtime mentor, told Bonner in the spring, "You can be a pioneer."

"She could be the first female general manager," Bohuny recalls Weltman saying.

Bohuny's advice to Bonner was just as direct: "I said, 'Becky, you have all the intangibles to do this. You can be a pioneer. You've grown up on the game. ... If this is what you want, this could be an incredible opportunity for you, and you could pave the way for so many women.'"

There have been a number of female hires across the league in recent years. Amanda Green has been with the Thunder since 2012 and is a cap expert. Teresa Resch has been the Raptors since 2013 and she is now vice president of basketball operations and player development. Linda Luchetti has been vice president of player operations for Utah since 2015 after a decade with the franchise. Michelle Leftwich was hired away from the league office by the Hawks to be their cap expert. The Nets hired Natale Jay to be their contracts and salary cap specialist. 

Ariana Andonian has been a scout for the Rockets for three years and remains the only female scout in the NBA. Veteran scouts surveyed by BR Mag say they know of no others.

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Nikola Vucevic Out 6-8 Weeks With Fractured Left Hand

Dec 24, 2017 3:19 PM

Nikola Vucevic is expected to undergo surgery to repair a fracture in his left hand and be sidelined six to eight weeks.

Vucevic suffered a break in the first metatarsal in his hand during Saturday's game.

Vucevic is averaging 17.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

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Terrence Ross Out Indefinitely With Sprained MCL, Right Tibial Plateau Fracture

Nov 30, 2017 1:04 PM

Terrence Ross has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and a non-displaced fracture of his right tibial plateau.

Ross will be out indefinitely and is expected to miss several months.

Ross is averaging 9.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game for the Orlando Magic.

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Magic To Discontinue Orlando Summer League

Nov 19, 2017 2:17 PM

The Orlando Summer League will discontinue with the Magic shifting to Las Vegas.

The Magic have held the Summer League since 2002.

"The pendulum is swinging toward teams playing in Vegas," Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman told the Orlando Sentinel.

The Orlando Summer League has a closed door policy to fans.

"It's a level of competition and a level of exposure when more or less every team in the league is there and you're playing in front of 20,000 people as opposed to playing in a gym with a few hundred people," Weltman said. "So it better prepares you for what NBA life is really about with the crowds, the pressure, the travel -- a lot of what you're going to have to confront. Obviously, it's not a true test of an NBA season, but it's a little taste."

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Magic Decline 18-19 Option On Mario Hezonja

Oct 31, 2017 6:29 PM

The Orlando Magic have declined their fourth year option on Mario Hezonja.

Hezonja, who was the fifth overall pick in 2015, was shopped by the Magic leading to Tuesday's deadline.

Hezonja joins Jahlil Okafor as another top-5 pick to have his option declined. The 2009 draft also had two players in which their teams declined their option in Hasheem Thabeet and Jonny Flynn.

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Magic Explore Trade Market For Mario Hezonja

Oct 31, 2017 11:45 AM

The Orlando Magic have explored trading away Mario Hezonja.

The Magic have to decide whether to pick up their $5.2 million option on Hezonja for the 17-18 season by the end of Tuesday.

Orlando discussed a trade of Hezonja for Malachi Richardson and a second round pick.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Rodney Purvis Signs Deal With Magic
Rodney Purvis played two games in Summer League with the Jazz.

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Magic Sign Adreian Payne To Two-Way Contract
Adreian Payne appeared in 18 games last season with Minnesota, averaging 3.5 ppg. and 1.8 rpg. in 7.5 minpg.

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Adetunji Adedipe Named Assistant GM Of Lakeland Magic
Adetunji Adedipe is in his third season with the Magic organization.

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Magic Sign Troy Caupain To Camp Deal
Troy Caupain played five games in Summer League with the 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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