Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 90

Jul 03

Magic sign first round draft pick Andrew Nicholson

Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have signed rookie forward Andrew Nicholson, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

Nicholson was selected in the first round (19th overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft. He will participate in the upcoming 2012 AirTran Airways Orlando Pro Summer League, taking place at Amway Center from July 9-13.

Jul 03

Magic announce roster for 2012 AirTran Airways Orlando Pro Summer League

Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic will host the AirTran Airways Orlando Pro Summer League at the team’s practice court at the Amway Center from July 9-13, 2012. The 20-game event will feature the Magic, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons.

Due to space limitations, the event is not open to the public and will be open only to media and professional team/league personnel. Games will begin at 11 a.m. from July 9-12, and at 8 a.m. on July 13. Fans can access box scores, game recaps and cumulative statistics by visiting www.orlandomagic.com.

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Jul 02

Thank you Danny Nowell; Welcome Sean Highkin and Noam Schiller

490 days.

That’s the number of days in which Danny Nowell has been a part of Magic Basketball. However, today, on the 491st day, I’m here to announce that Danny will be stepping down as a contributing writer of MBN. He has taken his talents to the TrueHoop Network’s sister site, Portland Roundball Society, where he’ll be covering the Portland Trail Blazers moving forward from here. He recently moved to Portland from North Carolina, so Danny will not only write about the Blazers but cover the team as well.

Over the past 16 months, I’ve gotten to know Danny and I can safely say he’s the best writer I’ve ever worked with (by far) and he’s a good person, too. I consider him a friend and MBN was blessed to have him opine about the many wonders of Stan Van Gundy.

PRS and the Blazers’ fan base is in good hands.

Fortunately, even though MBN bids farewell to Danny, I’m happy to announce that Sean Highkin and Noam Schiller (both of Hardwood Paroxysm) will be joining MBN as the website’s two newest contributing writers. If you’re unfamiliar with either of their work, all you need to do is take a quick peek at Sean’s take on Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and his pursuit of Dwight Howard or Noam’s take on the validation of LeBron James’ transcendence after he captured his first NBA title with the Miami Heat and realize they’re tremendous writers with a seemingly never-ending passion for the NBA at large.

Sean’s and Noam’s roles at MBN will be similar to what Nate and Matt do — they’ll provide both an aerial view as well as a zoomed-in look at the Orlando Magic and NBA in general.

I think highly of Sean and Noam as writers. I hope in time you — the readers — will, too.

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.

Jun 29

Jameer Nelson opts out

Via Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel:

Hearing that Jameer Nelson has informed Magic he is opting out [of the final year in his contract and become an unrestricted free agent].

Jun 29

Magic select Kyle O’Quinn in second round of 2012 NBA Draft

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic selected forward-center Kyle O’Quinn in the second round (49th overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft.

O’Quinn (6’10”, 240, 3/26/90) appeared in 129 career games at Norfolk State University, averaging 12.5 ppg., 8.5 rpg. and 2.2 bpg. in 27.3 mpg. and shot .553 (610-1,104) from the field during his collegiate career. He was the 2012 Lou Henson recipient as the nation’s top mid-major player. O’Quinn was the 2011-12 MEAC Player of the Year and a two-time MEAC Defensive Player of the Year (2010-11, 2011-12). He was also named MVP of the 2012 Portsmouth Invitational, averaging 11.7 ppg., 11.7 rpg. and 3.7 bpg. in three games.

Jun 28

Magic select Andrew Nicholson in first round of 2012 NBA Draft

Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic selected forward Andrew Nicholson in the first round (19th overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft.

Nicholson (6’9”, 250, 12/8/89) appeared in 123 career games at St. Bonaventure University, averaging 17.1 ppg., 7.2 rpg. and 1.98 bpg. in 29.9 mpg. and shot .575 (809-1,407) from the field during his collegiate career. He earned All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors all four seasons and was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year as a senior in 2011-12. Nicholson also earned All-American honors by The Associated Press in 2011-12. Nicholson led the Bonnies in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots for three straight seasons (2009-12).

“We are excited to have Andrew (Nicholson) join our Orlando Magic family,” said General Manager Rob Hennigan. “We feel he embodies the types of values that will put him in a position to achieve success here. He’s a humble, high character player, who’s committed to working hard and playing within a team concept. We are intrigued by his cerebral, instinctual approach to the game.”

Jun 28

Earl Clark opts out

Via Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD:

Earl Clark has opted out of the final year of his contract with the Orlando Magic, sources confirm. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent.

Jun 28

Magic extend qualifying offer to Ryan Anderson

Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images

Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have extended a qualifying offer to forward Ryan Anderson, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

By extending a qualifying offer to Anderson prior to the June 30 deadline, Orlando owns the right to match any offer sheet he may sign with another team. Anderson will become a restricted free agent on July 1.

Anderson (6’10”, 240, 5/6/88) played and started in 61 games last season with the Magic, averaging career-highs of 16.1 ppg. and 7.7 rpg. in 32.2 mpg. He shot .393 (166-422) from three-point range and .877 (150-171) from the free throw line. Anderson led the NBA in both three point field goals made and attempted, and captured the 2011-12 NBA Most Improved Player award.

Jun 25

Scott Perry named Magic assistant general manager

Via Chris Broussard of ESPN.com:

New Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan made his first hire Monday, bringing Scott Perry to Orlando from the Detroit Pistons, according to league sources.

Perry, who will be the Magic’s assistant general manager, had worked with the Pistons for the past four years under Joe Dumars as the club’s vice president of basketball operations.

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