Magic Basketball | - Part 38

Aug 24

Dwight Week

In light of Dwight Howard being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on August 9, thus ending the most successful era in Magic franchise history, Magic Basketball will dedicate a week (beginning on Monday) to look back and reflect on Dwight’s tenure with the Orlando Magic.

Topics will range from his on-court fit with the Lakers alongside Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant, and Steve Nash, a retrospective look at Dwight during the Magic’s 2009 Finals run, analysis of the trade between Orlando and Los Angeles, and more. Call it “Dwight Week.”

Stay tuned.

Aug 15

Magic re-sign Ish Smith

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have re-signed free agent guard Ish Smith, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

Smith (#10, 6’0”, 175, 7/5/88) played in 26 combined games last season with both Golden State and Orlando, averaging 2.8 ppg., 1.6 apg. and 1.3 rpg. in 9.0 mpg. He played in six games with the Warriors, averaging 4.5 ppg., 1.5 rpg. and 1.5 apg. in 10.5 mpg., before being waived on Jan. 13. Smith was signed as a free agent by Orlando on Feb. 2. In 20 outings with the Magic, he averaged 2.3 ppg., 1.6 apg. and 1.3 rpg. in 8.6 mpg. Smith also played in one playoff game (May 2), tallying one rebound and one blocked shot in five minutes.

Aug 10

Dwight Howard traded to Lakers

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have acquired six players and five future draft picks in a four-team, 12-player trade, general manager Rob Hennigan announced today.

Orlando acquired guard Aaron Afflalo and forward Al Harrington from Denver, forward Maurice Harkless and center Nikola Vucevic from Philadelphia, as well as forward Josh McRoberts and guard/forward Christian Eyenga from the Los Angeles Lakers.

In addition, the Magic have also acquired five additional draft picks over the next five years. Orlando receives: a second round pick from Denver in 2013, a first round pick from either Denver or New York in 2014, a conditional first round pick from Philadelphia and a conditional second round pick from the L.A. Lakers in 2015, and a conditional first round pick from the L.A. Lakers in 2017.

The Magic have traded center Dwight Howard, guard Chris Duhon and forward Earl Clark to the L.A. Lakers, while sending guard Jason Richardson to Philadelphia. As part of the deal, Philadelphia has acquired center Andrew Bynum, while Denver has acquired guard/forward Andre Iguodala.

“A primary goal for our basketball team is to achieve sustainability while maintaining a long-term vision. We feel this deal puts us in a position to begin building in that direction,” said Hennigan. “In addition to the six players joining our team, we will be in a position to maximize our salary cap flexibility in the near future, as well as utilize the multiple draft picks we have acquired going forward.”

“Dwight Howard accomplished tremendous success on and off the court during his eight years in Orlando,” said Hennigan. “We wish him, Chris (Duhon), Earl (Clark) and Jason (Richardson) all the best in the future.”

Aug 01

Orlando Magic’s 2012-13 preseason schedule released

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic will open the 2012 preseason in Mexico City, Mexico on Sunday, October 7 against New Orleans. Orlando then hosts its first preseason game on Thursday, October 11 vs. Philadelphia. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

The Magic will play a total of eight preseason games, including four at Amway Center. The other three games are Friday, October 19 vs. Indiana, Sunday, October 21 vs. San Antonio and Friday, October 26 vs. Houston.

Orlando Magic season tickets, partial plans, group and single-game Amway Center suite rental opportunities are on sale now. Ticket highlights for the 2012-13 season in the Amway Center, named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year, include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less and 10,000 seats priced $50 or under. A limited number of season tickets are available through the Orlando Magic by calling 407-89-MAGIC or visiting orlandomagic.com.

Orlando opens training camp on October 1 at the Amway Center. The Magic’s complete schedule is available through their official website: orlandomagic.com. All local telecasts will be available in high definition on FOX Sports Florida. Orlando opens its regular season on Friday, November 2 at home against Denver (7 p.m.).

Click here for the 2012-13 preseason schedule.

Jul 26

Orlando Magic’s 2012-13 regular season schedule released

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The National Basketball Association today released its 2012-13 schedule and announced the Orlando Magic will open its 24th season on Friday, November 2 at the Amway Center against Denver. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

Orlando Magic season tickets, partial plans, group and single-game Amway Center suite rental opportunities are on sale now. Ticket highlights for the 2012-13 season in the Amway Center, named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year, include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less and 10,000 seats priced $50 or under. Single-game tickets for the first half of the regular season will go on sale on October 1 at 10 a.m. A limited number of season tickets are available through the Orlando Magic by calling 407-89-MAGIC or visiting orlandomagic.com.

Orlando opens training camp on October 1 at the Amway Center. The Magic’s complete schedule is available through their official website, orlandomagic.com, while the entire NBA schedule can be found at NBA.com.

For the first time in team history, all Magic games will be televised locally on one channel. All local telecasts will be available in high definition on FOX Sports Florida.

Each NBA team will play an 82-game regular season: 41 home and 41 away.The Magic will play 52 games vs. the Eastern Conference (18 games vs. the Atlantic Division, 18 games vs. the Central Division and 16 games vs. the Southeast Division) and 30 games against the Western Conference (10 games each vs. the Northwest Division, the Southwest Division and the Pacific Division).

Orlando will play a total of 22 home games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this season. The 2012-13 Magic schedule also features 13 back-to-back contests (26 games played on consecutive nights).

The Magic will play 15 games in November (9 home, 6 away), 16 games in December (8 home, 8 away), including a day game on New Year’s Eve at home against Miami (5 p.m.), 14 games in January (7 home, 7 away), 13 games in February (6 home, 7 away), 16 games in March (8 home, 8 away) and eight games in April (3 home, 5 away).

The Magic will enjoy a season-long five-game homestand from November 21-30 (five games in 10 days). Orlando faces three season-long five-game road trips which take place December 2-9 (five games in eight days), January 28-February 4 (five games in eight days) and March 30-April 7 (five games in nine days).

Orlando closes the season on Wednesday, April 17 at Miami.

Click here for the 2012-13 schedule.

Jul 11

Magic acquire Gustavo Ayon from New Orleans

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have acquired forward-center Gustavo Ayon from New Orleans in exchange for forward Ryan Anderson in a sign-and-trade deal, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

Ayon (6’10”, 245, 4/1/85) played in 54 games last season with the Hornets, averaging 5.9 ppg., 4.9 rpg. and 1.4 apg. in 20.1 mpg., while shooting a team-high .536 (140-261) from the field during his rookie campaign. He started in 24 games, averaging 8.3 ppg., 6.4 rpg., 2.0 apg., 1.38 spg. and 1.08 bpg. in 28.5 mpg. during that span. Ayon ranked in the top ten among all NBA rookies in field goal percentage (second), rebounding (fifth), blocked shots (fifth, 0.85 bpg.) and steals (seventh, 0.98 spg.).

Ayon led (or tied) the Hornets in rebounding nine times and in assists twice last season. He scored in double figures 11 times, including a career-high 16 points twice, the last time on Mar. 15 vs. Washington. Ayon also pulled down 10+ rebounds five times and recorded two double-doubles. He tallied a career-high 17 rebounds on Feb. 22 at Cleveland.

Jul 09

Hornets acquire Ryan Anderson in sign-and-trade

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Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Ryan Anderson has reached agreement with the New Orleans Hornets on a four-year, $36 million contract in a sign-and-trade deal that will send backup center Gustavo Ayon to the Orlando Magic, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

As a restricted free agent, Anderson intended to sign an offer sheet from the Hornets that the Magic didn’t want to match. Orlando then decided to negotiate the sign-and-trade.

Jul 05

Magic to guarantee final year of J.J. Redick’s contract

Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Orlando plans to pick up $6M option on final year of J.J. Redick’s contract, league sources tell Y! Sports. Magic have until week’s end [to fully guarantee his contract].

Jul 05

Magic, Jameer Nelson agree in principle to new contract

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Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

The Orlando Magic and free-agent point guard Jameer Nelson have reached an agreement in principle on a new contract that will keep him with the franchise, Nelson told the Orlando Sentinel this morning. […]

Nelson, 30, would not disclose the length of the agreement or what his annual salaries will be, but the Sentinel has learned the deal will be for three seasons.

Jul 01

Earl Clark changes mind, opts in

Via Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD:

Earl Clark has changed his mind and opted in to the final year of his contact with the Magic, according to sources close to the situation.

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