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Coach Frank Vogel said the Magic are expected to make Jonathan Isaac earn his minutes at both small and power forward this year.

"As he has small successes throughout his rookie year, we’ll gauge at that point how much more he can handle in terms of usage and minutes and role," Vogel said. That means he'll be playing behind Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon to start the season. Also, the Magic reportedly feel they made a mistake in playing their young guys too soon (story in link below). Based on the comments from Friday, it sounds like the Magic view him as a combo forward. Isaac does need to put on weight, but his 7'1" wingspan makes him a very capable power forward down the line. He's more of a protect, so he's a better target in dynasty leagues than re-draft formats. His upside is big time, though.
Jun 24 - 6:34 PM

The Magic selected Wesley Iwundu with the 33rd pick in the NBA draft.

The 6’7" wing had his best campaign in his senior year at Kansas State, averaging 13.0 points, 6.3 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.9 treys on 48.1 percent from the field and 76.7 percent from the line. Iwundu also has an ideal wingspan at 7’1", but he’ll definitely need to hit the gym to add muscle to his 193-pound frame. Still, he was able to get into the paint and convert as part of a well-rounded arsenal. The Magic have a new front office, so they may give him a longer look over guys from the old regime.
Jun 22 - 11:07 PM

The Orlando Magic have selected F Jonathan Isaac with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

The Bronx native checks most of the boxes for today’s power forward and there’s a reason why he creates a lot of buzz. He’s 6’11" with a 7’1" wingspan, he made his freebies at a 78.0 percent clip, he blocks shots with 1.5 per game, he can rebound, and he made 1.0 trey per game. Isaac does have a face-up game, but he may have to add some size as he currently checks in at just barely over 200 pounds. He is also a little bit raw, so it could take him a couple seasons to get it going at the NBA level. This was the widely expected pick for Orlando, and it will be interesting to see how Aaron Gordon is utilized moving forward.
Jun 22 - 8:15 PM

Wesley Iwundu may have risen to early second round, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

The four-year Kansas State guard had a fantastic season last year with his 13.0 points per game. We've seen a lot of contending teams make a move to buy a second-round pick to get a guy who may be slightly NBA ready, so that may be the case here -- think Patrick McCaw last year.
Jun 22 - 4:51 PM

Jonathan Isaac had a workout for the Suns on Monday.

Isaac is an alluring prospect as an uber-athletic 6'10" forward with a 7'1" wingspan and 9'0 standing reach, so he's a lock to be an early lottery selection on draft day. Isaac put in averages of 12.0 points, 7.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 3-pointer and 1.5 blocks per game, and he could be an excellent 3-and-D type player in the NBA.
Jun 12 - 5:52 PM

The Magic will hire Pete D'Alessandro as an assistant general manager.

After a miserable run as the general manager in Sacramento, D'Alessandro moved to Denver and wasn't involved in the basketball operations. This move will get him back on track and he'll work under general manager John Hammond.
Jun 9 - 10:16 PM

Aaron Gordon said he's working on 3-pointers the most this offseason.

He added he'll work on his passing and to make his teammates around him better. Gordon did have a solid finish from deep in his final seven games, making 2.0 per game on 44.8 percent from that range. That's obviously a small sample and Gordon did only make 28.8 percent from deep last year. Gordon's shift to power forward was a successful one and he'll likely be a mid-round target with upside.
Jun 9 - 3:17 PM

John Hammond has agreed to a five-year deal to become Orlando's new GM.

Hammond has served as Milwaukee's GM since 2008, and some of his more impressive accomplishments include drafting Giannis Antetokounmpo with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft and also orchestrating a sign-and-trade deal that sent Brandon Jennings to Detroit in exchange for Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton. With Hammond leaving the Bucks, assistant GM Justin Zanik is expected to be promoted to GM.
May 23 - 3:06 PM

The Magic formally announced Tuesday that they have hired Jeff Weltman as their new president of basketball operations.

Weltman had previously worked for the Bucks, Pistons and Clippers earlier in his career. He spent the past four seasons in Toronto, working alongside Raptors president Masai Ujiri. "Jeff brings tremendous experience and a team-first approach to our president of basketball operations position," Magic CEO Alex Martins said in a statement.
May 23 - 11:14 AM

The Magic have reportedly hired Jeff Weltman to be their new president of basketball operations.

Jeff Weltman has served as Masai Ujiri's right-hand man with the Raptors since the pair arrived in 2013 and began the turnaround for the Toronto franchise, so this should be viewed as a very positive hiring for an organization in need of some new direction. The deal is reportedly for five years, and Weltman will be responsible for hiring Orlando's next general manager.
May 22 - 6:45 PM

Evan Fournier hasn't decided if he will play for France at Eurobasket this summer.

"Soon I will meet coach Collet and then we’ll see," Fournier said in an interview with L'Equipe. "I will soon see a wrist specialist. And my summer will depend on what he will tell me. My experience with France is not over. I did not put a cross on it. I am not retiring internationally." The big takeaway here is that he's seeing a wrist specialist, so we'll look for an update on that front in the coming days. For what it's worth, Fournier has missed some time in each of the last two seasons with a sore right wrist.
Source: L'Equipe
Apr 16 - 11:51 AM

Evan Fournier said there could be a lot of changes in Orlando this offseason.

`When you lose, that’s really when things shake up and teams make a lot of changes," Fournier said. "So, yeah, everyone is fully aware [that changes could come]. I’m not the type of guy who is concerned by that sort of thing." Fournier is under contract for at least three more seasons with a player option in 2020-21, so it's tough to see the Magic moving on from him at this point. Fournier didn't live up the expectations of his new deal this season, averaging 17.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting with 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.9 triples.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 13 - 11:28 AM

The Magic have fired GM Rob Hennigan according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The Magic aren't wasting any time here. Hennigan has made some puzzling trades and questionable signings for the Magic, and the writing has been on the wall for some time. Hennigan traded away Tobias Harris for Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings in 2015-16, he moved Victor Oladipo and their 2016 first-round pick (Domantas Sabonis) for Serge Ibaka in June of 2016, and then he accepted defeat by acquiring Terrence Ross from the Raptors in exchange for Ibaka during this year's deadline -- the Magic feared that Ibaka would walk for nothing as a free agent this summer. Matt Lloyd will take over as the interim GM and could be a candidate to keep the job.
Apr 13 - 10:18 AM

Elfrid Payton scored 21 points in Wednesday's 113-109 win over the Pistons, adding 13 assists, five rebounds and one triple in 31 minutes.

He finished 10-of-18 from the field and really had a strong finish to the season, returning top-50 value in standard leagues since the All-Star break with averages of 13.5 points, 8.4 assists, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 blocks and 2.5 turnover. He also showed a lot of improvement as a shooter and really excelled in Orlando's small-ball lineup. However, the Magic have a 29.1 percent chance of landing a pick in the top three of a draft that is loaded with quality PGs, so Payton could have some fresh competition next season.
Apr 13 - 12:29 AM

Aaron Gordon finished the season with a bang on Wednesday vs. Detroit, racking up 32 points, 12 rebounds, one steal, two blocks and three triples in 35 minutes.

Coach Frank Vogel was supposed to limit the minutes of the first unit tonight, but he didn't want to take Gordon off the floor. The forward finished 11-of-20 from the field and hit all seven of his free throws as he continues to thrive as a small-ball PF. Gordon showcased his upside after the All-Star break with averages of 16.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.9 triples on 50.5 percent shooting, returning top-45 value in standard leagues in that span. There's a lot to be excited about for next season.
Apr 13 - 12:18 AM


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