Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, the Magic are unlikely to match a max offer for Tobias Harris.

The Magic have two talented players in Aaron Gordon and Mario Hezonja who can play small forward, and their pursuit of Paul Millsap suggests that they may be willing to let Harris walk. The Celtics and Pistons are rumored to be interested in Harris, so it will be interesting to see how much teams are willing to give him with the cap set to rise in 2016.
Jul 1 - 1:21 PM

The Knicks have held preliminary discussions with veteran guard Willie Green.

Green would be a solid presence on the Knicks' bench, but he wouldn't have a significant role in New York. The Knicks have had multiple discussions with Green since free agency began, so a deal could be reached very soon.
Jul 1 - 10:48 AM

Janis Timma will play in Russia next season.

He was acquired in the one of many Luke Ridnour deals of the past week. Timma could remain overseas for a few seasons.
Jun 30 - 1:13 PM

Elfrid Payton is on the Magic summer league roster.

He is certainly going to be working on his jumper in Orlando. The other aspects of Payton's game started to come around after the break last year, but he'll need to be able to score on his own in order to be a consistent fantasy factor next season.
Jun 30 - 1:10 PM

Tobias Harris is reportedly looking for a max or near-max offer sheet in restricted free agency.

Early reports have Harris preferring not to return to Orlando and the Magic are also reportedly not going to match an offer sheet if the offer gets high enough, so there is a good chance that Harris will be on the move soon. The Celtics and Pistons have reportedly emerged as the frontrunners to land Harris, but we'll keep an eye on the situation as free agency begins at midnight on July 1.
Jun 30 - 10:17 AM

Magic waive G Ben Gordon.

There is no surprise here with a report over the weekend saying Gordon wasn't going to be back. He's 32 years old and hasn't scored more than 6.5 points per game in either of his last two seasons. He won't be pursued much this offseason.
Jun 29 - 2:06 PM

Mario Hezonja has completed his buyout with Barcelona for $1.4 million.

This is the first step in Hezonja joining the Magic next season, a scenario that Orlando has expressed zero hesitation about since taking him fifth overall. With Tobias Harris a candidate to depart via (restricted) free agency, Hezonja should make an impact right away.
Jun 29 - 11:13 AM

The Magic will not pick up their team option for Ben Gordon.

It's a no-brainier for the Magic after Gordon was essentially out of the rotation for the past season. The Magic now have $14.5 million in cap space for the upcoming free agency period. Gordon will likely sign on a minimum deal next year.
Jun 27 - 11:05 PM

Mario Hezonja's buyout with Barcelona is expected to be finalized as soon as Monday.

He's coming to the Magic and will compete for the starting job. Tobias Harris is unlikely to be brought back, but Hezonja will still have to compete with guys like Aaron Gordon. In other Hezonja news, he's going to wear No. 23, because of course.
Jun 27 - 8:03 PM

The Celtics and Pistons have reportedly emerged as the frontrunners to land Tobias Harris during free agency.

Harris is reportedly looking for a deal close to the max, and that could prove to be too rich for Orlando to match. Harris' slashing style and outside shooting could be a nice fit in Stan Van Gundy's offense in Detroit, and he could be a go-to option on offense in Boston. The Lakers and Knicks are also rumored to be interested in Harris, so it doesn't sound like he'll have any shortage of suitors when he enters restricted free agency. For what it's worth, Harris has reportedly maintained a dialogue with Scott Skiles, exchanging "encouraging messages."
Source: Real GM
Jun 26 - 1:28 PM

The Magic selected Eastern Washington guard Tyler Harvey with the 51st pick.

With only 37 percent of second-round picks actually making NBA rosters, we may or may not see Harvey in the NBA this season. Harvey averaged 23.1 points per game and shot 43.1 percent from deep during his junior season, but he would have a tough time finding action in Orlando with Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo already primed for a ton of minutes.
Jun 26 - 12:00 AM

The Magic selected small forward Mario Hezonja with the fifth pick in the NBA Draft.

He’s easily the cockiest player in the draft. Hezonja said Lionel Messi can come see him play, he was doing Zach LaVine’s dunk-contest jams the following day at practice, and said he’s never had to respect anyone on a basketball court. In what is believed to be the second-toughest league, Hezonja averaged 4.7 points, 2.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.9 treys in 14.2 minutes per game in the ACB last season. As for his fit on the Magic, he should get a chance to compete for minutes at small forward and is Scott Skiles' first acquisition. Although, the 20-year-old swingman is unlikely to get noteworthy minutes out of the gate.
Jun 25 - 8:09 PM

The Orlando Magic have acquired the rights to 2013 second-round pick Janis Timma in a trade with the Grizzlies.

Timma is a 6'7" Latvian forward who was selected with the final pick of the 2013 draft, but he isn't expected to come to the NBA any time soon. The Magic were likely going to Waive Ridnour before his contract was guaranteed for the 2015-16 season on July 11, so the move makes some sense.
Jun 24 - 11:39 AM

Fran Fraschilla said that Mario Hezonja is the only player in this draft that is capable of winning both the dunk contest and 3-point contest.

Hezonja has created quite a bit of hype for himself heading into the 2015 draft, and most mocks don't have him falling further than the No. 6 overall selection. So far, Hezonja has stated that he's "never had to respect anybody on a basketball court," in addition to saying Lionel Messi could come see him play, but it won't be the other way around. Confidence is clearly not an issue for this young man, and his combination of athleticism and shooting make him an intriguing prospect.
Jun 23 - 5:40 PM

The Orlando Magic are not part of a three-team deal involved Nikola Vucevic, according to league sources.

Vucevic had been rumored to be part of a three-team deal involving the Lakers (Julius Randle and picks) and the Kings (DeMarcus Cousins). We'll have to wait and see if there is a fire to go along with this smoke, but it would seem as if Vucevic isn't headed to Sacramento just yet.
Jun 23 - 12:23 PM

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