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.

Magic fall to Grizzlies

The Magic lost their first Summer League game of the season 80-73 on Tuesday at Amway Center.

Orlando struggled to get a consistent offensive effort with guards Victor Oladipo and Kim English struggling to put the ball in the basket and score. The Grizzlies defense was tenacious, forcing Magic ballhandlers into traps and preventing the easy baskets and smooth offensive movement we have seen the last two days.

The Magic were much more lethargic and out of sync today then they have been the first two games of the week. The effort is there, just not the energy and attention to detail from the last two days. Maybe a long week of practice is catching up to them. Memphis has controlled the pace and tempo most of the way after Orlando jumped out to an early lead.

Score Time Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 73 Final 95.7 49.0 19.2 20.9 53.9
Memphis 80 Pace: 77.9 102.7 45.3 40.6 16.5 42.2

Orlando got a solid performance from rookie Elfrid Payton on the offensive end as he has continued to look patient and comfortable finding the right moments to attack. He exploded to the rim and found some nice passes in the first half. He has scored six points and dished out three assists.


Magic Wands: vs. Grizzlies

Orlando, Fla.

(2-0, 13 pts.) vs. (1-1, 10 pts.)   
Time/TV: 3 p.m./NBATV
Line: No Line
Tickets: Closed to Public
Summer League Schedule: Magic 83, 76ers 77; Magic 87, Rockets 69; Tuesday vs. Memphis; Thursday vs. Boston; Friday is Championship Day

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 83.8 101.5 85.5 51.9 31.8 17.5 36.6
Memphis 83.4 99.5 90.5 43.0 31.3 13.0 37.8

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Defense does it for Magic

When the Magic drafted Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton, he talked seemingly unendingly about the team’s defensive potential. The Magic were banking a good chunk of their rebuild on being able to stop the other team from scoring. The offense would come later — or in the form of the Magic’s latest free agent signing, […]

Magic defeat Rockets in 2nd SL game

The Magic have put on a suffocating defensive display throughout the first half or so of the game.

Score Time Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Houston 69 Final 80.9 36.0 20.0 14.8 41.2
Orlando 87 Pace: 83.6 104.0 51.5 33.3 16.9 47.7

Orlando held Houston to 3-for-18 shooting in the first quarter and were in sync defensively. The Rockets found little space to create offensively with Dewayne Dedmon and Vernon Macklin providing some nice presence inside and the Magic’s perimeter defense doing a good job rotating and cutting off driving lanes. The help defense is there too as this looks like a defense of a team that is more than just a Summer League squad.

It definitely waned as the game went on, but the Magic built their lead big enough to hold off any run at their lead.

Elfrid Payton recovered from a rough first outing, showing a lot more patience on the pick and roll and attacking the paint more rather than succumbing to the traps. He finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and nine assists for the Magic. Aaron Gordon had nine points.

It has been an oddly exciting team effort from the Magic’s team for a Summer League game.

Victor Oladipo is sitting out today’s game.

Magic Wands: vs. Rockets

Orlando, Fla.

(0-1, 1.5 Pts.) vs. (1-0, 6 Pts.)   
Time/TV: 5 p.m./NBATV
Line: No Line
Tickets: Closed to Public
Summer League Schedule: Magic 83, 76ers 76; Monday vs. Houston; Tuesday vs. Memphis; Thursday vs. Boston; Friday is Championship Day

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Houston 91.2 97.5 107.5 55.8 30.0 21.9 30.4
Orlando 83.9 98.9 90.1 52.2 30.3 18.1 26.1

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Making sense of the Ben Gordon signing

It has been a few days since news broke that the Magic had agreed to terms on a two-year, $9 million deal with veteran guard Ben Gordon. Gordon even showed up in Orlando for Summer League and began taking in games in his new home arena (while catching up with several Pistons staffers in the […]

What to Watch at Summer League

The Magic’s Summer League kicked off with a win Saturday against the 76ers thanks to a strong performance from Victor Oladipo and a pretty strong and solid defense.

Orlando has the day off Sunday and will return to action Monday at 5 p.m. against Houston’s squad.

In the meantime, Summer League chugs along for its second day today [Sunday] with three games. One of the key storylines I am watching (I list plenty others over at Crossover Chronicles) is the play of sophomores like Victor Oladipo:

The Magic are a young team. That has been the case for the last three years. But now they have dumped Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson. The leadership responsibilities have clearly been turned over to the young guys. Victor Oladipo will be relied on a whole lot more on both ends of the floor.

Oladipo is one of the sophomore players that will be looked upon to step up and show some of that improvement and consistency throughout the week. He will obviously get a lot more possessions this year — his usage rate was a robust 24.4 percent last year — and he will have to be more efficient with them too.

Oladipo has already turned in a strong showing in his first game. He will likely play one, maybe two, more games before shutting it down for these Summer League games. He looked really poised one game in and was pretty clearly the best player for the Magic, and perhaps, on the floor in that first game Saturday.

Be sure to read my other storylines to watch.

Photo by Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Who is: Aaron Gordon

The first big shock of the night last week during the NBA Draft came when Orlando selected Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon. Logic — and just about every mock draft — had the Magic taking Australian point guard Dante Exum with that pick. It became clear though as Rob Hennigan talked more and more about Gordon […]


Second time is, will be the charm

Victor Oladipo remembers the feeling his first Summer League game. That moment of excitement over the first time stepping onto the court of a professional game — even if it was just Summer League. The increase in speed and the feeling that you had to go a million miles a second to keep up. The […]

Magic defeat Sixers 83-77 in Summer League opener

The Magic defeated the 76ers 83-77 in their Summer League opener Saturday behind a solid, poised performance from Victor Oladipo.

Oladipo scored 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting to lead the Magic and was strong on the ball as the team’s starting point guard. Both Magic rookies struggled in their professional debuts. They were caught up in the pressure of the defense and in the moment and seemed to be going just a little too fast.

Gordon scored seven points to go with five rebounds and Payton had two points and five assists.

Score Time Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 83 Pace: 85.9 96.6 52.2 30.3 19.8 26.1
Philadelphia 76 Final 90.1 40.8 41.5 19.5 36.6

Orlando used its defense to overcome foul trouble and turnovers (typical Summer League issues). That will surely become hallmark for the team. Philadelphia did not found things easy.