Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 48

Aug 06

Orlando’s 2013-14 regular season schedule released

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The National Basketball Association today released its 2013-14 schedule and announced the Orlando Magic will open its 25th “Silver Season” on Tuesday, October 29 at Indiana. The home opener will be on Friday, November 1 at the Amway Center against New Orleans. 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 2013-14 season in the Amway Center, honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and 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 9,000 seats priced $50 or under. Single-game tickets for the first half of the regular season will go on sale in October at a date to be announced. For ticket information log on to www.orlandomagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC.

Beginning its 25th season, the Magic will celebrate their “Silver Season” with the entire Orlando community by remembering their success, the rich history of legendary moments, players, people and fans, while building on an exciting future.

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 second straight season, 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 23 home games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this season. The 2013-14 Magic schedule also features 18 back-to-back contests (36 games played on consecutive nights).

The Magic will play two games in October (both away), 14 games in November (10 home, 4 away), 15 games in December (7 home, 8 away), including a day game on New Year’s Eve at home against Golden State (5 p.m.), 17 games in January (7 home, 10 away), 12 games in February (5 home, 7 away), 14 games in March (7 home, 7 away) and eight games in April (5 home, 3 away).

The Magic will enjoy a season-long six-game homestand from December 18-31 (six games in 14 days). Orlando faces a season-long six-game road trip which takes place December 2-11 (six games in 10 days).

Orlando closes the regular season on Wednesday, April 16 at Amway Center vs. Indiana.

Click here for the 2013-14 schedule.

Aug 02

Magic waive Al Harrington

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Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

In a move designed to save money and free up playing time for their young players, the Orlando Magic waived veteran forward Al Harrington on Friday afternoon.

If no team claims Harrington within 48 hours, he will become a free agent. [...]

Harrington, 33, didn’t fit into the Magic’s long-range plans.

About $3.57 million of his salary of $7.15 million for the upcoming season is guaranteed, while $3.8 million of his salary of $7.6 million for the 2014-15 season is guaranteed.

Jul 25

Magic sign guard Ronnie Price

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

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

Last season, Price (6’2”, 190, 6/21/83) played in 39 games with Portland, averaging 2.7 ppg., 1.9 apg. and 1.1 rpg. in 13.1 mpg. He led the Blazers in assists once and scored a season-high 10 points on Nov. 18 vs. Chicago. Price was waived by Portland on Feb. 21, 2013.

“We’re excited to welcome Ronnie (Price) and his family to the Magic organization,” said Hennigan. “We believe Ronnie’s toughness and competitive spirit, along with the varied experiences he’s gained throughout his career, will impact the development of our team in a positive way.”

Jul 18

Magic sign forward Jason Maxiell

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have signed free agent forward-center Jason Maxiell, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

“We’re excited to welcome Jason (Maxiell) and his family to the Magic organization,” said Hennigan. “Jason brings an element of experience, toughness and resolve to our roster that we feel will benefit our team.”

Maxiell (6’7”, 260, 2/18/83) played in 72 games last season with Detroit, averaging 6.9 ppg., 5.7 rpg. and 1.32 bpg. in 24.8 mpg. He has also appeared in 35 career playoff outings.

Jul 15

Magic have a new D-League affiliate

Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

The Orlando Magic’s NBA Development League affiliate for the upcoming season will be the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the NBA announced this afternoon.

The Magic will share the Mad Ants with the Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies and the Milwaukee Bucks.

That sharing arrangement, along with Fort Wayne’s location, make the Mad Ants a less-than-ideal affiliate for the Magic.

Still, it’s better than the situation last season, when the Magic’s affiliate was the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Sioux Falls’ remote location made it counterproductive for the Magic to send any of their young players there.

Fort Wayne, Ind., at least, is closer than South Dakota.

Jul 12

Friday’s Magic Word

  • Expect Victor Oladipo to keep learning the point guard position in training camp and preseason.
  • It was an up-and-down week for many Orlando Magic players at Summer League.
  • The Magic have elected not to re-sign DeQuan Jones.
  • Al Harrington and Hedo Turkoglu, two players that many expect to be bought out by Orlando, are hoping to resolve their situations very soon.
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “Borrego said the past week was very informative for the Magic as it relates to Oladipo because it shows how the point guard reacts to ball pressure, his ability to break down defenders and his calm under pressure. He hit the game-winning shot on Thursday when he drilled a 22-foot, step-back jumper over Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams with 4.4 seconds remaining. And in his four games, Oladipo showed his explosiveness off the dribble by repeatedly getting into the rim and averaging 10 free throw attempts a game.”
  • Oladipo was named to the Orlando Pro Summer League First Team.
  • With the Magic looking to sign a third point guard, preferably young, could Darius Morris be that guy? He is currently an unrestricted free agent.
  • A peak into the 2014 NBA draft class. Many expect Orlando to be in position to win the lottery or, at worst, net a top five pick.
  • At Summer League, Oladipo was as good as advertised. And Maurice Harkless showed off improved ballhandling skills that bodes well for his offensive development.
  • With a 102-83 loss to the Boston Celtics, the Magic finished Summer League in eighth place out of 10 teams. One of the few bright spots in the game was A.J. Slaughter, who may have earned himself a training camp invite with an outstanding performance.
  • Dan Devine of Ball Don’t Lie thought Oladipo’s game-winning shot against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday was cool.

Jul 12

Video: A.J. Slaughter with a nifty dish

Jul 12

Grades: Boston Celtics 102, Orlando Magic 83

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Boston Celtics 102 Final
Recap | Box Score
83 Orlando Magic

A.J. Slaughter
10-22 FG | 2-8 3P | 7 STL | 9 AST | 25 PTS | -11

Slaughter, starting in place of Victor Oladipo at point guard on the last day of Summer League, produced one of the best stat lines of the week from any player. His 35 minutes were by far the most he’d played all week, and he responded by showing the Magic just what he can do when being handed extended minutes.

DeQuan Jones
5-10 FG | 3-4 3P | 1 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -12

Looks at the box score. Looks at who shot the ball well. Sees that Jones was 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Gives Jones a B-minus for his grade. But seriously, folks. Jones may not return to the Magic and may not even get a training camp invite, but it was good to see him have a good game in an otherwise forgettable week.

Romero Osby
6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 STL | 3 REB | 14 PTS | -15

Osby likely won’t see as many minutes during the regular season as he did this week. That being said, whenever he does get on the court, he brings an infectious energy on a consistent basis that raises the level of play of everyone around him. Intangibles aside, his mid-range jump shot should also help him get time on the court.

Kyle O’Quinn
1-5 FG | 1-3 3P | 4 REB | 3 AST | 3 PTS | -8

On the last day of Summer League, usually this is a chance for players that haven’t gotten any playing time during the week to get an extended look. With the Magic on the lookout for a third point guard, this was a chance for McGruder to show what he can do in front of the coaching staff. Unfortunately for the Kansas State alum, Slaughter outplayed him.

Boston Celtics

Look, this game was awful. I’m not even going to try and wax hyperbolic, making it out to be some glorious battle between two forces who wouldn’t give up. It was just a bad, bad game. That being said, the Celtics did play well, Kelly Olynyk wrapped up a tremendous Summer League on a high note, and Colton Iverson had his best game of the week. Yay.

Jul 11

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • With Glen Davis needing surgery to replace a screw in his left foot, which he originally fractured on January 30 during a game against the New York Knicks last season, it remains to be seen if he’ll be ready by the time training camp starts for the Orlando Magic on October 1.
  • So who ultimately won the Dwight Howard trade? Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated says it’s the Magic: “The Magic went on to lose 62 games last season and yet they might turn out to be the only winners in the four-team, 12-player, five-pick deal. They unloaded salaries while coming away with three first-round picks, 22-year-old center Nikola Vucevic, Arron Afflalo and Maurice Harkless, Al Harrington and rookie Romero Osby, who arrived in a second-round pick acquired in the trade.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “The Magic will not re-sign Beno Udrih, even though team officials like what he brought to the team after he arrived in a trade-deadline deal from the Milwaukee Bucks. Team officials are more interested in allocating playing time to younger players, and Udrih is 31 years old. Also, the Magic aren’t looking to add any long-term salary commitments as they position themselves for the 2014 free-agent market. The Magic are likely to bring in a player for a minimum-level salary who can be a third point guard — a role similar to the one Ish Smith played at the beginning of last season.”
  • Victor Oladipo hit a step-back jumper with 4.4 seconds left that ultimately clinched the win for the Magic against the Phiadelphia 76ers.
  • Magic season ticket holders were chanting “O-la-di-po, O-la-di-po, O-la-dipo” after he made the game-winning shot.

Jul 11

Grades: Orlando Magic 90, Philadelphia 76ers 89

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Orlando Magic 90 Final
Recap | Box Score
89 Philadelphia 76ers

Victor Oladipo
7-16 FG | 7-8 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 24 PTS | -2

It speaks volumes to the trust the Magic already have in Oladipo to not call a timeout with the game on the line. Oladipo repaid that trust by calmly sinking the game-winning jumper as if it were the most routine thing in the world. He excelled in most other areas tonight as well, but that shot was perhaps the shining moment of his Summer League.

Andrew Nicholson
9-15 FG | 5-5 FT | 2 STL | 3 REB | 23 PTS | +1

To excel at this level, Nicholson needed to add muscle in the offseason to his slight frame in order to bang down low. Add muscle he did, and it showed tonight, as he was able to establish and maintain deep position in the post. Two troubling areas however: first, his rebounding is still sub-par, and his tunnel vision on offense tends to emerge at the most inopportune times.

Maurice Harkless
5-9 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -2

Oladipo may have won the game for the Magic, but Harkless was the one to put them in that position. What’s more, he did so using the refined dribbling skills he’s honed during the summer. He really elevated the energy and intensity on defense late in the game when the Magic needed a stop, and nearly took it upon himself to get it.

Kyle O’Quinn
3-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | +13

O’Quinn had double-digit rebounds today, which at first appears terrific, but at second glance is slightly dampened by the fact that Arnett Moultrie blatantly outworked him on the offensive boards. O’Quinn’s been mostly great for the Magic this Summer League, but he struggled a bit today against Moultrie. It’s also interesting that O’Quinn has been less involved offensively in Orlando’s last two games.

Philadelphia 76ers

This was by far Philadelphia’s best showing during their otherwise poor Summer League. Michael Carter-Williams, who has been flat-out awful, had his best game of the week, appearing to achieve a greater balance between being a facilitator and a scorer. This was also Moultrie’s best overall game so far in Orlando. While both teams played hard (love you, Sheed), just as in Highlander, there could be only one.

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