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Jul 25

Magic sign free agent Luke Ridnour


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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard Luke Ridnour, general manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Luke (Ridnour) and his family to Orlando,” said Hennigan. “Luke is a proven player in this league who is well-respected as a teammate and competitor. The depth and veteran experience he will provide to our backcourt will help our team continue to grow.”

Ridnour (6’2”, 175, 2/13/81) played in 61 total regular season games (14 starts) last season with both Milwaukee and Charlotte, averaging 5.0 ppg., 2.9 apg. and 1.6 rpg. in 18.7 mpg. He appeared in 36 games (12 starts) with Milwaukee, averaging 5.7 ppg., 3.4 apg. and 1.7 rpg. in 21.2 mpg. Ridnour was traded to Charlotte, along with Gary Neal, in exchange for Jeff Adrien and Ramon Sessions on Feb. 20. With Charlotte, he played in 25 games (two starts), averaging 4.0 ppg., 2.2 apg. and 1.4 rpg in 15.1 mpg. Ridnour led (or tied) the Bucks in scoring twice and in assists 12 times. He led (or tied) the Bobcats (now Hornets) in assists once. Ridnour scored in double figures a total of ten times, including a season-high 16 points on Jan. 11 at Oklahoma City. He also appeared in four playoff outings, averaging 2.5 ppg., 3.0 apg. and 1.0 rpg. in 9.0 mpg.

Originally selected by Seattle in the first round (14th overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft, Ridnour has appeared in 783 career NBA regular season games (493 starts) during his 11-year career with Seattle, Minnesota, Milwaukee and Charlotte, averaging 9.6 ppg., 4.6 apg., 2.3 rpg. and 1.01 spg. in 26.7 mpg., while shooting .862 (1,272-1,475) from the free throw line. He also played in 22 career playoff games (11 starts), averaging 7.9 ppg., 3.3 apg. and 2.4 rpg. in 24.3 mpg. Ridnour ranks eighth among active players and 28th in NBA history in career free throw percentage. He finished seventh in the NBA in total assists (550) in 2005-06.

Jul 24

Magic sign Devyn Marble


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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have signed rookie guard Devyn Marble, general manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. The draft rights to Marble (56th overall pick), along with Evan Fournier, were acquired from Denver in exchange for Arron Afflalo on June 26.

Marble (#11, 6’6”, 200, 9/21/92) played in 136 career games during four years at the University of Iowa, averaging 12.5 ppg., 3.4 rpg., 2.9 apg. and 1.29 spg. in 27.6 mpg. He ranks second on the school’s all-time games played list with 136. Marble also ranks in Hawkeyes’ history in scoring (fifth, 1,694 points), assists (sixth, 397) and steals (seventh, 176).

As a senior (2013-14), Marble played and started in 33 games, averaging 17.0 ppg., 3.6 apg., 3.2 rpg. and 1.82 spg. in 30.2 mpg. He was named First Team All-Big Ten after leading the team in scoring and ranked second in assists. Marble scored in double figures 27 times.

During his junior campaign (2012-13), Marble played and started in 37 games, averaging 15.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 3.0 apg. and 1.14 spg. in 30.5 mpg. He led the Hawkeyes in scoring and assists, and was named Third Team All-Big Ten.

Marble is the son of Roy Marble, a former NBA player and the all-time leading scorer in Iowa history.

Jul 22

Harris, Oladipo chosen to USA Men’s Select Team

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

Orlando Magic players Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo were selected as two of the 13 players for the 2014 USA Men’s Select Team that will train July 28-31 with the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Basketball announced today. The squad features eight players owning USA Basketball experience, including four members of the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie first team.

Joining Harris and Oladipo on the 2014 USA Basketball Select squad are: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Trey Burke (Utah Jazz); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks); Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers); and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets).

“USA Basketball’s Select Teams are critical for getting some of the game’s brightest and most promising young players experience at the USA National Team level, and getting them into our pipeline,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National Team managing director. “Again this summer, as was done in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012, the members of the USA Select Team will play an important role in helping prepare the USA National Team for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

“Being chosen for the Select Team is an honor and an important step in becoming involved in USA Basketball’s National Team program in the future. In the past, current national team players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, as well as many other outstanding players got their USA National Team start through the Select Team.”

Members of the USA Select Team will assemble in Las Vegas and train with the USA National Team July 28-31 (12:00-3:00 p.m. PDT). All practices will take place at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center.

The USA National Team opens its 2014 training with the Las Vegas training that concludes with the Aug. 1 (6:00 p.m. local time) 2014 USA Basketball Showcase that features a Blue-White intrasquad game at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. Tickets for the 2014 USA Basketball Showcase start at $10, and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS or online at

The 2014 Select Team features five players who completed their rookie NBA season in 2013-14, three who wrapped up their second NBA season, two three-year NBA players and two players who will make their NBA debut in 2014-14.

Harris played in 61 games (36 starts) last season with the Magic, averaging a career-high 14.6 ppg., a career-best 7.0 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 30.3 mpg., while shooting .807 (197-244) from the free throw line. He led (or tied) the Magic in scoring 13 times and in rebounding 16 times.

Oladipo was named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie First Team. He appeared in 80 games (44 starts) with the Magic, averaging 13.8 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 4.1 apg. and a team-high 1.61 spg. in 31.1 mpg. He was tied for 15th in the NBA in steals. Oladipo was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Month for both December 2013 and February 2014, and became just the second rookie in Orlando history with 1,000+ points, 300+ assists and 100+ steals in a season (Hardaway).

Jul 16

Magic to sign free agent Luke Ridnour


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Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

In need of a third point guard, the Orlando Magic are in the process of finalizing a free-agent deal with veteran Luke Ridnour, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Ridnour, 33, has played for four NBA franchises. He began the 2013-14 season with the Milwaukee Bucks, but he was dealt at the trade deadline to the Charlotte Bobcats.

Ridnour appeared in 61 games last season for the Bucks and Bobcats and averaged 5.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 18.7 minutes per game.

Once Ridnour is signed, the Magic will have 14 players under contract, a number that doesn’t include the team’s unsigned second-round draft pick, swingman Devyn Marble.

Jul 14

Magic acquire two second round picks

Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have acquired two future second round draft picks (2015, 2016), cash considerations and the contract of forward Anthony Randolph from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the draft rights to forward Milovan Rakovic, general manager Rob Hennigan announced today. In addition, Orlando intends to waive Randolph.

The draft rights to Rakovic (6’10”, 280, 2/19/85) were acquired by Orlando, along with cash considerations, from Dallas in exchange for the draft rights to Reyshawn Terry on June 28, 2007. He has played his entire professional career overseas.

Jul 14

Magic sign free agent Channing Frye


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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have signed free agent forward Channing Frye, general manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Channing (Frye) and his family to Orlando,” said Hennigan. “Channing’s character, competitiveness, veteran experience, and leadership ability are valuable additions to our developing team. His ability to stretch the floor and play sound team defense are also ways in which we envision Channing helping our team moving forward.”

Frye (6’11”, 255, 5/17/83) played and started in all 82 games last season with Phoenix, averaging 11.1 ppg., 5.1 rpg. and 1.2 apg. in 28.2 mpg., while shooting .370 (160-432) from three-point range. He became the ninth player in Suns history to start all 82 games in a regular season. Frye led (or tied) the team in scoring five times and in rebounding six times. He scored in double figures 57 times and had 20+ points 11 times, including a season-high 30 points on Jan. 19 vs. Denver.

Originally selected by New York in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft, Frye has appeared in 582 career NBA regular season games (340 starts) during his eight-year career with New York, Portland and Phoenix, averaging 9.9 ppg., 5.2 rpg. and 1.0 apg. in 24.5 mpg., while shooting .385 (614-1,596) from three-point range. He also played in 20 career playoff games, averaging 7.2 ppg. and 4.7 rpg. in 23.5 mpg. Frye, who missed the entire 2012-13 campaign due to a dilated cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart), was named to the 2005-06 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Jul 11

Grades: Orlando Magic 96, Detroit Pistons 87


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Orlando Magic 96 Final
Recap | Box Score
87 Detroit Pistons

Victor Oladipo
7-17 FG | 7-10 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | +12

‘Dipo bullied his way to the rim and played great defense. Despite forcing a few contested jump shots early on, as the morning progressed, he seemed to allow the game to come to him a bit more. He also had a few shaky passes and one particularly uncharacteristic turnover, but that can be expected when you’re playing at 8 AM.

Elfrid Payton
5-9 FG | 7-8 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 18 PTS | +9

Payton was tremendous, showing off everything he has to offer as a player. He hounded opposing guards on defense, and displayed a solid array of offensive skills on the other end. Not only was he finding teammates and showing off fantastic court vision (like his alley-oop feed to Oladipo), but he was creating for himself, having yet another efficient game offensively.

Devyn Marble
7-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 STL | 5 REB | 16 PTS | +4

Marble continues to look increasingly comfortable on the floor, spotting up and knocking down his open looks. He did force some shots and occasionally failed to make passes to open teammates, but he rebounded well and was solid on the defensive end. There’s no question he’ll get invited to the Magic’s training camp — he has a good shot to make the roster.

Aaron Gordon
4-9 FG | 4-8 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | -3

Gordon continued to display the type of versatility that the Magic expect from him, bringing the ball up the floor in transition and being involved in a lot of pick-and-rolls, both as the screener and as the ballhandler. He had himself a quiet game, though, despite putting up decent numbers across the board. He was also was the only starter to post a negative plus/minus.

Detroit Pistons

It was a poor showing on the Pistons’ part, led by a sub-par shooting outing from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (12 points on 4-for-13 shooting). To their credit, they didn’t hang their heads and went on a big run in the fourth quarter to bring their deficit back to as little as seven, after having been down 26 points early in the game.

Jul 11

Video: A Payton-to-Oladipo alley-oop sighting

Jul 11

Magic sign free agent Ben Gordon


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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard Ben Gordon, general manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

“Ben (Gordon) brings valuable experience to our team,” said Hennigan. “His competitiveness and ability to score and stretch the floor adds versatility to our backcourt and overall roster. We are excited to welcome Ben to the Orlando Magic family.”

Gordon (6’3”, 200, 4/4/83) played in 19 games last season with Charlotte, averaging 5.2 ppg., 1.4 rpg. and 1.1 apg. in 14.7 mpg. He led (or tied) the team in assists once and scored in double figures three times, including a season-high 12 points on Dec. 9 vs. Golden State.

Originally selected by Chicago in the first round (third overall) of the 2004 NBA Draft, Gordon has appeared in 688 career NBA regular season games (269 starts) during his 10-year career with Chicago, Detroit and Charlotte, averaging 15.6 ppg., 2.6 rpg. and 2.6 apg. in 28.5 mpg., while shooting .402 (1,136-2,824) from three-point range and .858 (1,968-2,306) from the free throw line. He also played in 29 career playoff games (24 starts), averaging 20.2 ppg., 3.2 rpg. and 3.2 apg. in 37.9 mpg. Gordon earned the NBA Sixth Man Award in 2004-05, becoming the first rookie in league history to win the honor. Since joining the NBA in 2004-05, he has scored 20+ points off the bench 98 times, second-most in the NBA during that span (Jamal Crawford, 127).

Jul 10

Grades: Boston Celtics 76, Orlando Magic 67


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Boston Celtics 76 Final
Recap | Box Score
67 Orlando Magic

Seth Curry
5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -12

Curry scored eight of his team-high 15 points over a two minute period in the second quarter, helping the Magic build on their lead, but Marcus Smart switched on to him in the second-half and took him out of the game. Nevertheless, Curry gave the Magic a nice boost off the bench and proved his value as a shooter by knocking down four of their five 3s.

Kadeem Batts
5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +7

The Magic dominated the Celtics on the boards, 46-32, and Batts was a big reason for that. He only finished with seven rebounds on the night, but he kept plenty of possessions alive by being active on the glass. He also came up big offensively yet again, spacing the floor on pick-and-pops and using his big body down on the low block to create space.

Elfrid Payton
3-7 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 10 AST | 8 PTS | -2

The good news is that Payton looks a lot more comfortable than he did in his first game with the Magic. The bad news is that, despite flirting with a triple-double for the second time in four games, he committed seven turnovers and got torched by Smart on offense — the sixth overall pick scored 12 of his points in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter.

Romero Osby
2-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -7

Osby got to the free-throw line four times and blocked a pair of shots, but that’s about it. He only pulled down two rebounds in the 23 minutes he played and committed four fouls. Odds are that he was still feeling the ill-effects of a shoulder injury he sustained that kept him out of the Magic’s last game against Memphis.

Boston Celtics

Offensively, the Celtics were in shambles. They connected on 32.4 percent of their shots and shot only 8-for-33 on their 3-point attempts. Defensively, though, they were firing on all cylinders. They shut down the paint, which was instrumental in slowing down Payton, Gordon, and Marble, and they forced a total of 17 turnovers, many of which were turned into easy transition opportunities.

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