What if Magic were an all-local team?

With LeBron James returning to Cleveland and announcing he was “going home,” Joseph Milrod of Elite Daily got wondering what would teams look like if they were only full of home-grown products.

I have to say, Orlando’s teams are not going to be the greatest thing to see on the floor. There are no All Stars and there are question marks at point guard (Austin Rivers), power forward (Amar’e Stoudemire) and center (Marreese Speights).

Sigh, if only it were 2002 and we could claim Tracy McGrady.

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Chemistry rekindled between Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton

In the hubbub of Draft night, Aaron Gordon did not actually get the chance to follow the picks as they came down. Usually after picks get selected and go up to the stage to shake Adam Silver’s hand, there is a whirlwind of media obligations and photos that get completed before the night is threw […]

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Magic springboard out of Summer League

It is sometimes far too easy to overthink these Summer League games. They are, after all, just exhibition games between NBA rookies and young players and players on the fringes of the NBA, trying to scratch out a career, in front of only the most diehard of basketball fans and employees. The results do not […]

Talking Magic Summer League with Tuck & O’Neill

Earlier this week, I joined Tuck & O’Neill on Sports Talk Florida 1080 AM in Orlando to talk about the Magic’s Summer League and the Magic’s future in free agency this year.

I discussed the progression of Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton, reviewed the Magic’s reported free agent signings and the general direction of the team and where the Magic might be in the progress.

Click the link to hear my spot with Tuck & O’Neill.

Tuck and O’Neill talks to OrlandoMagicDaily.com’s Phillip Rossman-Reich about how Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton have looked so far this week at Orlando Summer League this week. Rossman-Reich shares his observations on what he has seen from the Magic this week. Rossman-Reich breaks down what he has seen from Aaron Gordon this week and playing the small forward position. Is the small forward position the right position for Gordon? Does he have a position? Rossman-Reich shares his thoughts on that as well as his thoughts on what he has seen from Elfrid Payton this week.

Magic could begin extension talk with Vucevic, Harris in Sept.

“The Orlando Magic likely will begin talking with Nik Vucevic’s representatives about a potential contract extension for the 23-year-old center around Labor Day, according to an industry source familiar with team officials’ thinking. Vucevic and forward Tobias Harris are eligible for extensions, and the Magic also are likely to discuss a possible extension with Harris’ agent around Labor Day.”

Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel

If an extension is not reached before October 31, 2014, both Harris and Vucevic would become restricted free agents for the summer of 2015. It is not clear what either would get in free agency at this point, but that market analysis will surely be part of the Magic’s calculations when they get to the negotiating table.

Vice Sports follows Victor Oladipo

Throughout Summer League, Vice Sports cameras were following several players around for a series called “On the Cusp.”

The series includes a profile of Victor Oladipo, the Magic’s second year guard.

Part one followed Oladipo back to Washington, D.C. where he celebrated his sisters’ graduation from college and worked out at DeMatha High School. Oladipo explains in the video how much he wants to be great at basketball and where he came from.

Magic core finish Summer League strong

On the final day of Summer League, the Magic are platooning everyone they can and trying to fight hard one last day. And their core is leading the way.

Elfrid Payton filled the stat sheet again with 18 points and eight assists. Victor Oladipo was solid with 22 points on 7-for-17 shooting. And Aaron Gordon has had his best offensive game with 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting, finding his offense on pick and rolls and cuts to the rim.

The efficient offensive performance led to a 96-87 win in the Summer League finale.

Score Time Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 96 Pace: 83.0 115.7 54.5 18.4 10.0 51.5
Detroit 87 Final 105.9 52.3 25.0 16.6 35.4

The Magic’s defense was very solid once again despite a lack of size with Romero Osby and Dewayne Dedmon sitting out this finale. It was Orlando’s best effort probably since the win over Houston on Monday.

With Romero Osby and Dewayne Dedmon out with injuries and several other players headed to Las Vegas to play in the NBA’s Summer League there, Orlando had only eight players. That has moved Aaron Gordon to the power forward position and sometimes the center position for parts of the game.

But they played valiantly and hard despite the lack of size, making it up for it with steals and defense.

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Magic continue search for offense

The Magic drafted Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton for their defensive acumen and playmaking. They were not going to be scorers, not initially at least. That part would take time. Still, the point of the game is to put the ball in the basket. You need to score to win. And when you miss opportunities […]

Celtics outlast Magic

The Celtics stuck with a solid gameplan and hit some clutch shots as they defeated the Magic 76-67 with a strong fourth quarter. Orlando simply could not hit a shot when things began to matter most despite some stellar play from Elfrid Payton and his near triple double.

Score Time Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Boston 76 Pace: 84.4 90.0 38.0 22.0 11.8 36.6
Orlando 67 Final 85.0 41.0 37.8 18.3 29.9

The Magic ended up shooting 37.3 percent from the floor and just 12 of 20 from the foul line. A large rebounding advantage from the first half was completely erased by the continued missed shots and 17 turnovers.

Payton though continued to be a bright spot for Orlando. He nearly recorded a triple double, scoring eight points to go with nine rebounds and 10 assists.

The Magic finished 2-2 heading into Friday’s Championship Day at the Summer League.

Victor Oladipo is sitting out today’s game.

Magic Wands: vs. Celtics


Orlando, Fla.

(2-1, 14 pts.) vs. (2-1, 15 pts.)   
Time/TV: 5 p.m./NBATV
Line: No Line
Tickets: Closed to Public
Summer League Schedule: Magic 83, 76ers 77; Magic 87, Rockets 69; Grizzlies 80, Magic 73; Thursday vs. Boston; Friday is Championship Day

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Boston 88.9 95.2 100.0 46.7 22.8 16.1 37.4
Orlando 81.0 100.1 90.9 51.1 28.3 18.2 41.4

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Magic find their shooter — Channing Frye

While the Magic were playing their Summer League game, they got some serious help for the rookies that were playing on the floor — well, at least one of them was on the sideline Monday in a blue Magic polo. Rob Hennigan was noticeably absent from the Amway Center to secure the services of this […]

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Physical Grizzlies flatten Magic

The Magic had things relatively easy in their first two games. At least from a physical standpoint. The Sixers and Rockets work from the outside in with guards dominating play. Nerlens Noel is not quite a bruiser at his health and ability level. Not like Jarnell Stokes or Jack Cooley. The Grizzlies are a different […]

Channing Frye’s contract decreases over time

“The four-year, $32 million agreement between the Orlando Magic and power forward Channing Frye will become more friendly to the team’s payroll figure as Frye’s tenure progresses.

According to an industry source with knowledge of the agreement, the Magic and Frye have structured the deal in such a way that Frye’s annual salary will be at its highest during the 2014-15 season but will decrease by 4.5 percent each season after that.”

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel

The Magic are expected to announce they have signed Channing Frye on Thursday or Friday. Reports have his contract at four-years, $32 million. What the decreasing salary means is that his contract will be front-loaded with his highest salary coming this upcoming season. He will be paid an estimated $8.6 million this season.

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