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Fran Vazquez | Center

Team: Orlando Magic
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/1/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 238
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Fran Vazquez has signed a contract extension with Unicaja Malaga.
The length of the extension has yet to be announced, but it's starting to sound like the 11th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft may never play in the NBA. Vazquez is 31 years old and only averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds with Unicaja Malaga last season anyway, so his fantasy prospects would be limited even if he hadn't signed this extension. Jul 15 - 11:33 AM
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Fran Vazquez has signed a new two-year contract in Europe.

Vazquez will play with Unicaja Malaga, and the two-year deal does not contain an out clause that would allow him to start his NBA career. The contract includes an option for the 2014-15 season, and that's the earliest we may see him. It's still undetermined if Vazquez will ever wear a Magic uniform.
Wed, Jul 18, 2012 07:28:00 AM

Fran Vazquez would consider playing for the Magic after the 2011-12 season, according to his agent.

Vazquez has extended his contract with Barcelona by one year. If the labor woes are cleared up by then, the No. 11 pick in the 2005 draft would be an option for frontcourt depth in Orlando. The Magic will continue to retain the 28 year old's NBA rights.
Tue, Jun 21, 2011 02:00:00 PM

Spanish big man Fran Vázquez has reportedly extended his contract with Regal FC Barcelona for at least one more season.

There are conflicting reports about whether it's a one- or two-year extension, but the point is that he won't be playing for the Magic next year. He's already 28 years old, and the clock is ticking loudly.
Tue, Jun 21, 2011 01:17:00 PM

Former Magic lottery pick Fran Vazquez has reportedly warmed to the idea of playing in the NBA, but the possibility of a lockout is complicating his decision.

The 27-year-old big man has an expiring contract with FC Barcelona, so whatever deal he signs this summer could determine where he finishes his career. Vazquez is known as a solid rebounder and shot-blocker, and has added a reliable 15-18 foot jumper to his arsenal.
Fri, Mar 25, 2011 10:24:00 AM

The Magic say that former lottery pick Fran Vazquez of Spain wants to play for the team next season, but the roadblock is the $7-million buy-out in Vazquez’ contract with FC Barcelona.

His deal doesn’t expire until after the 2008-09 season. "The kid wants to come over and play for us," Magic General Manager Otis Smith said. "But...it’s the buy-out. It’s pretty substantial." Vazquez was the 11th pick in the 2005 draft but never had any intetions of playing in the NBA at that time, a decision that was said to be greatly influenced by his girlfriend. If the Magic could ever get anything out of him, it would help ease a very embarrassing moment in their history.
Wed, May 7, 2008 07:34:00 PM

Fran Vazquez, the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft who rejected the Orlando Magic to stay in Spain, is reconsidering his decision.

"When this one [contract] finishes, I will like to see if I can play there [Orlando],'' Vazquez wrote in an exchange of e-mails with the Orlando Sentinel last week. "Sure, I will like to play in the NBA one day. I am a more mature player, and I have improved in some areas of my game. I know I can still improve a lot, but I am working on that every day.'' We wouldn't hold our breath here, but this is a 24-year-old with NBA skills. His current contract has two years remaining, so if you're seeking a 2009 sleeper, Vazquez could be your man.
Sun, Jun 24, 2007 11:33:00 AM

Fran Vazquez is apparently the European version of Doug Christie, and ironically, both players (and their ladies) duped the Magic this year.

Vazquez bailed on Orlando and signed a four-year deal to play in Spain and there are reports that his girlfriend, Ana Toral, has a huge role in every decision he makes, including the one to stay in Spain. When asked how many tickets he needed for an international game, Vazquez couldn't answer team manager Manolo Rubia. ''Everybody said, two, three, six, whatever. Fran said, 'I'll have to ask Ana.' He can't even decide how many tickets he wants for himself. Orlando is not losing anything.'' The Magic may argue his point, but it's a good one.
Mon, Sep 5, 2005 01:04:00 PM

Magic Co-assistant General Manager Dave Twardzik met Wednesday morning with first-round draft pick Fran Vazquez, who apologized for the embarrassment he caused the team and reiterated his long-range goal of playing in the NBA.

Do you think Dave said ''Hey man, that's fine. You do what you need to do.''? We don't either. One thing is clear, and that's that the Magic dropped the ball in wasting a first-round pick on Vazquez.
Thu, Aug 4, 2005 03:18:00 PM

The Magic's front office combo of Dave Twardzik and Otis Smith are making a trip to Spain in an attempt to talk to Fran Vazquez.

Um, maybe they should have done that before they blew the 11th pick of the draft on him. Obviously they didn't do enough homework before burning a pick on Vazquez if there was a chance he wasn't going to play in the NBA this season.
Mon, Aug 1, 2005 03:25:00 PM

Fran Vazquez is going to stay in Europe this season and not join the Magic, where he would have had a chance at starting, or at least playing heavy minutes.

``I've said no because I was afraid to adapt to the American way of life and of not giving the level they have asked,'' Vazquez told the Spanish newspaper Malaga Hoy. ``I'm not a coward, but I prefer to stay in Spain, progress, and who knows? Maybe jump to the NBA in a few years.'' The Magic will retain his rights, but this is quite a blow, as they took Vazquez with the 11th overall pick in the draft. ``Yes, we're a little surprised,'' Magic co-general manager Dave Twardzik said. ``The message we've been getting all along -- before the draft, after the draft -- was that he was excited about playing here. He said it was his dream to play in the NBA.''
Source: AP
Fri, Jul 29, 2005 11:53:00 AM

The Magic are denying an internet report that Fran Vazquez will play in Europe this season.

Spanish language website AS.com reported he may play for Real Madrid this season, but the Magic say they fully expect Vazquez to be in camp this fall. ''We've been in contact with his agent almost daily, and we've heard nothing that would lead us in that direction,'' said Scott Herring, the director of basketball operations for the Magic. ''That would be 180 degrees different from what we've been hearing.'' The Magic certainly hope he'll show up, as he's one of the more ''ready to play in the NBA'' rookies out there.
Thu, Jul 28, 2005 01:24:00 PM

Fran Vazquez is under contract to his Euro-league team, Unicaja Malaga, but is planning on reporting to Orlando in October.

He'll find a way to get out of his contract to be able to compete against the T-Macs, Kobe's and LeBron's of the world.
Tue, Jul 5, 2005 12:00:00 AM

The Orlando Magic have selected Fran Vazquez with the 11th pick of the draft.

He's 22 years old and is very experienced from his days in the Spanish league (the equivalent of Triple-A ball). He'll be a good complement to Dwight Howard in Orlando, although he's really a power forward more than a center. Either way, it appears to be a very safe pick for the Magic. However, he probably won't help your fantasy team too much next year, so he's not worth more than a flyer at the end of your draft.
Tue, Jun 28, 2005 08:42:00 PM

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