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Who Is: Elfrid Payton

The going thought entering this year’s NBA Draft was that the Magic needed to get a point guard. Whether that would be Dante Exum or Marcus Smart with the fourth pick, it was clearly time to move on from Jameer Nelson and turn the reigns over to someone else. That very well could have been […]

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Maurice Harkless goes FIBA

Anyone searching for basketball right now can only look to the end of August and salivate. No matter how many Twitter memes and puns we come up with, it does not replace basketball — even Summer League basketball. We are starting to lament the loss of playground basketball, for crying out loud. The teams prepping […]

Magic sign Devyn Marble

Marble was acquired on draft night from the Denver Nuggets along with Evan Fournier in exchange for Arron Afflalo.

He averaged 9.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in five games at the Orlando Summer League after finishing his collegiate career at Iowa averaging 17.0 points per game as a senior.

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel was first with the report of Marble’s signing. Robbins reports Marble will sign a three-year deal with the first year fully guaranteed and the last two years partially guaranteed.

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Victor Oladipo’s next task — efficiency

Without a doubt, the Magic are handing the keys over to their kids. It is Year Three of the rebuild, it is time to see exactly what the Magic have in their cupboard and figure out what the Magic will look like moving forward. It still seems like a bit of a mystery who will […]

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Magic have some money, not likely to spend it

Free agency is just about over with most of the teams with cap room having spent the majority of their space. The big free agents remaining are Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe. The fact they are restricted free agents have scared some teams away because it is believed the Suns and Pistons would match any […]

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Magic holding Erie BayHawks tryout in September

The Magic will be managing the Erie BayHawks of the D-League this upcoming season. No one is quite sure exactly how the relationship will work. The trend in the league is to have more of these one-on-one relationships with D-League teams where the parent franchise manages the basketball operations of the team. This ensures that […]

Channing Frye one of league’s best signings?

“Let’s just get this out of the way: Frye is an RPM darling. As a smart 3-point shooting big man, Frye is a poster boy of the modern NBA, contributing to the scoreboard in ways that aren’t fully captured in the box score. The spacing he affords his teammates by drifting on the perimeter simply can’t be quantified by conventional stats.

If a championship contender got Frye at this price, we’d probably hear more about it. But because the basement-dwelling Magic grabbed him at a time when they probably shouldn’t be giving big money to veterans, the deal won’t get its due. It’s a fairly long commitment to a 31-year-old, but at just $8 million a year, this could be the Paul Millsap contract of this offseason.”

Tom Haberstroh, ESPN.com

In calling Frye one of the league’s best free agent signings of the summer, Haberstroh notes Frye posted 10.8 wins above replacement last year. His expected value would have been at $12.2 million per year. That is a bit of a bargain for the Magic.

Of course, Frye will be in a very different offense in Orlando than he was in Phoenix. It will be interesting to see how he gets used this time around.

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Meeting Evan Fournier

With the reported signing of Luke Ridnour, the Magic’s offseason is pretty much over. The team made some splashes in free agency going after Ben Gordon and Channing Frye (and Ridnour). Frye will be around for a while. Gordon and Ridnour could be gone in a year. Outside of the draft picks, the big acquisition […]

Visualizing Magic guards’ shooting

Some really interesting stuff from our pal Scott Fisher over at Orlando Magic Stuff.

Using shot charts provided by Nylon Calculus, Fisher evaluated the Magic’s guards by their shot charts. Take a look at what he wrote on Victor Oladipo:

“Yeesh.  I knew Oladipo was a poor shooter last season — he had one of the worst ShotScores in the league, per Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry — but I guess part of me was hoping to see a little more red on his chart.  He’s great at attacking the basket, but as you can see, he struggled to convert when he got there.  He improved at this as the season progressed, so I would expect him to be much better this season, but it’s still a little concerning that he wasn’t able to capitalize on one of his best strengths — his ability to blow by his opponent.”

Recapping Magic’s offseason and Summer League with The Lottery Mafia

If you do not follow James Plowright and Nick Denning with The Lottery Mafia, you are missing out. They do a great job covering the forgotten teams in the NBA — namely the ones in the Lottery.

I had the opportunity to join their podcast once again to recap the Magic’s offseason so far and the goings on at the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League.

Be sure to check out all their great podcasts and posts over at The Lottery Mafia.

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Magic could be getting new alternate uniforms, new Holiday unis too

The Magic could be in line to get new “pride” uniforms from adidas next season, according to an image leaked to UniWatch. The ‘pride’ uniforms would be similar to the “Rip City” uniforms in Portland or “Motor City” uniforms in Detroit. The design is not released yet and not included in the catalog so it […]

Magic granted one dream, crushed another for Britton Johnsen

“[Britton] Johnsen’s performance in the summer helped him make the Magic roster. He started three games, including a season-opening win over New York. Johnsen was anticipating his return home in mid-November to face the Jazz as his triumphant moment, having made it in the NBA after the disappointing end of his college career.

‘His whole life, he wanted to play at the Delta Center,’ said his wife, Lindsey.

But that afternoon in Los Angeles, Magic coach Doc Rivers — whom Johnsen greatly admires to this day — told Johnsen he was being waived. (Orlando signed guard Derrick Dial to replace him.) His wife met him at a downtown hotel, launching “an hour of tears,” by Johnsen’s account, before they joined in a long-planned, subdued party at his childhood home.”

Kurt Kragthorpe of The Salt Lake Tribune

Johnsen is most famous for his Summer League dunk over LeBron James in front of a packed TD Waterhouse Centre crowd (the arena was opened up specifically for James’ first game). Johnsen appeared in 20 games for the Magic in the 2004 season, averaging 2.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 14.5 minutes per game. That included four starts including a start on opening night in New York.

Johnsen now works several jobs in Utah including working for the Jazz’s radio pregame and postgame shows.

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