The Orlando Magic players have done a lot this summer to get some relaxation and give back. But they are getting their work in too as the summer continues.
The Amway Center was oddly quiet as president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman introduced his two free agent signings this week. The two free agents met in a quiet gymnasium.
The Amway Center floor was empty, exposing the bare concrete usually only seen when concerts parade into town. Even the practice floor in the back was apparently empty, undergoing refurbishment according to Weltman.
Orlando Magic players who are in town were likely at RDV Sportsplex at the Magic’s old practice gym to get their work in. There are a few still hanging around town — including draft picks Jonathan Isaac and Wesley Iwundu.
Most players are far afield, though. Many of the players are enjoying their vacation at the moment. Still putting in their work, but doing so away from Orlando.
As the team introduced Jonathon Simmons and Shelvin Mack, neither had much contact with any of the players currently on the roster. In fact, that might be because many of them were not in town to be met or greet the newcomers.
None of this is too abnormal. Players move in and out of town as their schedules permit. They need time to reset their batteries, as Weltman said.
And reset their batteries the players seem to be doing. But that does not mean there is no work getting put in either.
The first stop is with Evan Fournier who has been back in Paris for his basketball camp. Yes, that is where he got into some trouble for a poorly translated appearance on a French TV show where he talked about his last season. But Evan Fournier is doing a lot of work in his home city.
Fournier hosted his first ever basketball camp in Paris last week and shared some highlights online:
It was not all fun and games for Fournier, however. He did get in some work.
Before the camp started, he visited Algeria to conduct a clinic (his mother’s family is originally from there) and he appeared at the Quai54 streetball tournament in Paris. At Quai54 is where you saw the photos of him and Victor Oladipo passed around. It is also where he played a little bit.
It was not all fun and games for Fournier. During his basketball camp, some of the Magic’s training staff dropped in on him.
Fournier posted photos of him with assistant coach Jay Hernandez working out before his camp and posted a photo with strength and conditioning coach Bill Burgos.
This is fairly normal in a NBA offseason. The Magic coaches and strength and conditioning staff will make their rounds literally around the world to check in on players and do a workout for a few days or longer.
Weltman said Tuesday the coaching staff is checking in with players throughout the summer. So none of this is surprising. It is normal.
But players are largely left to their own devices and to do their own thing with this free time.
Fournier was not the only player hosting a basketball camp in his hometown. Aaron Gordon also recently completed his basketball camp at his high school, Archbishop Mitty in San Jose.
Terrence Ross was also getting in on the dunking fun. He was in China for a promotional tour with Dwyane Wade and Glenn Robinson III. They have been touring the country doing some basketball exhibitions and demonstrations.
Terrence Ross has put up some fun highlights in the scrimmages.
Ross has spent most of his summer in Orlando. He attended the first few days of Orlando’s Summer League and bought a house in the Central Florida area. Elfrid Payton, who recently changed his number to No. 2 the team announced, also attended Summer League in Orlando.
Other players are definitely taking a more relaxed time this summer. And for good reason.
Nikola Vucevic posted this photo from a sunset in Montenegro.
Nikola Vucevic could use some time off. He is set to participate in Eurobasket for his home country beginning Aug. 31. It will be Montenegro’s first time participating in the international tournament since 2013. Vucevic is one of the best players on the team and should play a prominent role.
The Magic players are definitely doing some interesting things during their offseason. A lot of it, rightfully, is happening away from the public eye. And certainly, their work on their individual games are also going on behind mostly closed doors.
Most of the players will return to Orlando to prepare for the season around Labor Day. That is when they will do open gyms and work out together in the Amway Center more formally before training camp begins toward the end of the month.
Until then, everyone is going to keep enjoying their offseason.