Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 12

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.

Jul 10

Video: Vernon Macklin with an alley-oop dunk

Jul 08

Grades: Memphis Grizzlies 80, Orlando Magic 73


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Memphis Grizzlies 80 Final
Recap | Box Score
73 Orlando Magic

Dewayne Dedmon
3-4 FG | 7-10 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +1

For the second game in a row, Dedmon was a force on both ends of the court. He did the bulk of his damage offensively from the free-throw line and he also did a great job of using his length to contest shots on the defensive end. Luckily, players can’t foul out in Summer League, otherwise the Magic would’ve been in big trouble — Dedmon committed seven fouls in 20 minutes.

Victor Oladipo
4-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -23

The Grizzlies’ game plan to slow Oladipo down was to send help on every pick-and-roll, go under screens to bait him into settling for jumpers, and funnel him into help defense when he put the ball on the floor. It worked. He struggled all game long and failed to get into any sort of rhythm, and the Magic struggled as a result.

Cameron Jones
4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +9

Cameron Jones was one of the few bright spots for the Magic in this game. He came off the bench at the midway point of the first quarter and gave them a big scoring boost right off the bat, putting together six quick points en route to a 13-4 run. While he failed to match that offensive production in the second-half, he was a pest defensively.

Devyn Marble
3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +4

Marble’s stats don’t jump off the page, but he gave the Magic some quality minutes. He brought a lot of energy defensively and flaunted his shooting stroke by nailing a trio of jumpers. At the very least, it’s a good sign that he bounced back after a miserable outing against the Houston Rockets by not forcing anything and just letting the game come to him.

Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis didn’t play a perfect game, but it was enough to give the Magic their first loss of Summer League. The Grizzlies hounded the guards all game long, forced turnovers and turned them into easy transition points, and had a response for every late basket the Magic had. Their leading scorer, Jordan Adams, had his worst game to date, scoring two points on 0-for-6 shooting, and they didn’t skip a beat.

Jul 08

Video: Elfrid Payton with an impressive dunk

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