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Jul 09

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Maurice Harkless and Andrew Nicholson stood out in Day 2 at the Orlando Pro Summer League.
  • Nicholson gets additional Summer League kudos from Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “If you watched him at all last season you knew this guy was good. In Summer League what he has shown is a lot of polish and a plethora of moves. Near the basket he has shown a drop step and a nice jump hook, the athleticism to get the rim, plus he has a solid jump shot as well. He’s still a work in progress but there is a lot to like.”
  • The Orlando Magic are working towards a buyout with Hedo Turkoglu. Only half of Turkoglu’s $12 million contract is guaranteed for the 2013-14 season.
  • Fran Blinebury of NBA.com: “Oladipo’s high energy made him a star last season at Indiana and that’s the attribute the Magic want most as a leader to ignite this young team. What he doesn’t lack is confidence and what he won’t do is back down from a challenge. He’s ready to push at his limits and try to measure up against the established scoring point guards in the league such as Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker.”
  • Turnovers and sloppy play proved to be the Magic’s undoing in their 94-80 loss against the Miami Heat.
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “Still making the adjustment from superstar college shooting guard to emerging NBA point guard, the Miami Heat pressured Oladipo all over the floor and often trapped him with two players once he got into the frontcourt. Because the rookie is playing in just his third Summer League game, the results were somewhat predictable and downright ugly for Oladipo and the Magic: Five turnovers for the point guard and a 94-80 Orlando loss to the more aggressive Heat on Tuesday at the Amway Center.”
  • Victor Oladipo is finding out that the transition to becoming an NBA point guard is going to be a difficult one — a challenge he relishes.
  • Dan Feldman of ProBasketballTalk: “The Magic are clearly negotiating with Turkoglu, because they don’t want to pay the full $6 million. In exchange for accepting less money, Turkoglu would get the freedom to join the team of his choosing. But if I were Turkoglu, I wouldn’t give up a single penny.”
  • Zach Harper of CBSSports.com agrees, saying “it would be shocking to see Turkoglu take less than the guaranteed $6 million.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “The Orlando Magic have hired Bill Burgos as their new strength and conditioning coach, the Orlando Sentinel has learned. Burgos spent the last two seasons as the New York Knicks’ strength and conditioning coach. He was the Magic’s strength and conditioning intern during the 2009-10 season, and he was promoted to strength and conditioning coordinator for the next season. Burgos will replace Joe Rogowski, who is leaving the Magic to join the Houston Rockets.”
  • Orlando was thoroughly outplayed against Miami.
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