Magic Rumors & News

  • Magic, Bucks, Blazers and Hornets the favorites for Dwight Howard

    The Sports Daily "Dwight Howard seems as good as gone from the Houston Rockets and the suitors lining up for his services this summer seem plentiful. According to’s Calvin Watkins, the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets stand alone as the favorite to land D12..." April 28

  • Craig Sager Helped Talk Dennis Rodman Out of Committing Suicide in 1993

    Complex "Dennis Rodman thought long and hard about taking his own life back in 1993, and in the past, he hasn’t shied away from talking about it. He wrote about his suicidal thoughts in his 1996 book, Bad As I Wanna Be, and during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2011, he spoke openly..." April 26

  • NBA Players Admit to Checking Their Cell Phones at Halftime

    Complex "It’s been more than seven years now since Charlie Villanueva made headlines—and pissed off then-Bucks head coach Scott Skiles—by sending out this tweet at halftime of a Milwaukee game And while most NBA players have refrained from tweeting during games since then, they apparently haven’t..." April 21

  • Magic GM says team will be 'aggressive' and 'disciplined' in free agency

    CBS Sports "The Orlando Magic's entire trade deadline plan was built around creating cap space. They made multiple moves to clear space during this summer's bonanza, including trading Tobias Harris without getting a significant starter or draft pick back in return. Their moves were clearly designed to..." April 21

  • Details on Who Pulled out of Gasol, Butler Trade Talks

    CSN Chicago "When a team like the Chicago Bulls was dependent on the woebegone Brooklyn Nets to throw them a life preserver in order to keep slim playoff hopes alive earlier this week, it isn’t merely a failure at one level at the expense of another. Not as simple as Tom Thibodeau’s departure and not as..." April 14

  • Tracy McGrady asks to borrow one of Robert Horry’s rings and is brutally denied

    USA Today "Robert Horry has enough championship rings for both hands. Tracy McGrady doesn’t have any. On The Jump, Rachel Nichols and McGrady asked Horry if he’d share — “Can I get one? Just one,” T-Mac says. Horry doesn’t give in that easily. He tells McGrady he has to earn them: “You did a lot of great..." April 13

  • Sources: NBA owners expected to pass rule allowing ads on jerseys

    ESPN "NBA owners are scheduled to vote this week on putting ads on jerseys for the 2017-18 season, multiple sources told ESPN. The measure is expected to pass, according to sources. Several teams have begun testing the market to sell the potentially lucrative ads, which would be placed in a..." April 12

  • Ilyasova leads Magic past Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- This was the kind of game that Ersan Ilyasova expected to have more often this season. Ilyasova hit 10 of 13 shots, scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots in leading the Orlando Magic to a 107-98 victory over one of his former teams, the Milwaukee..." April 11

  • Whiteside helps Heat top Magic

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- It's the Hassan Hour. The Miami Heat returned center Hassan Whiteside to the starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 20, and the move paid off in a 118-96 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. Whiteside played 29 consecutive games as a..." April 10

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    Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat

    Magic listing Mario Hezonja as their starting shooting guard Sunday vs. Heat, with Victor Oladipo (concussion) out.

  • Oladipo suffers concussion, requires stitches following elbow from Whiteside

    The Score "Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo's face was left a mangled mess after taking an elbow from Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside on Friday night. " April 09

  • Magic play spoiler vs. Heat

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- Home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs may be slipping away from the Miami Heat. With three regular-season games remaining, there is no more room for error. The Orlando Magic, long-ago out of the playoff chase, beat the Heat, 112-109 Friday night, dropping..." April 09

  • Pistons assured of winning season after defeating Magic

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- Reggie Jackson scored 24 points and the Detroit Pistons moved a step closer to their first playoff appearance in seven seasons by beating the Orlando Magic 108-104 on Wednesday night at the Amway Center. The Pistons (42-37) can clinch a postseason berth with one more win or..." April 06

  • Shaq says Dwight Howard going back to Orlando is a good idea

    ESPN "Newly elected Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal believes Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard should return to the Orlando Magic. Howard becomes a free agent this summer unless he opts in to another season with the Rockets. If he opts in, he would earn $23.2 million for the 2016-17 season. It..." April 05

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    Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt

    Shaquille O'Neal, Jerry Reinsdorf Sheryl Swoopes and Yao Ming join Iverson, Izzo in 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame class.

  • Vucevic leads Magic past Grizzlies

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic wants back in the starting lineup, but it's tough to argue with his new role as a reserve. This is as good as he has played. Vucevic, the starting center for the past five seasons, shined again in his third consecutive game as a..." April 03

  • Magic shift attention away from draft, toward free agency

    CBS Sports "Last summer, I wrote a column on the different ways that teams can rebuild, highlighting the Celtics, Magic and Sixers. There were upsides and downsides to all three different approaches, and it looked even last year like this would be a pivotal season for each team. The Sixers have hit the..." April 03

  • Anteotkounmpo's triple-double ignites Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- The legend 'point-Giannis' reached another level Friday night, when Giannis Anteotkounmpo set a Milwaukee Bucks franchise record with his fifth triple-double of the season, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Milwaukee's 113-110 victory over the Orlando Magic at..." April 01

  • Paul George says Aaron Gordon is the true NBA slam dunk champion

    Orlando Sentinel "Paul George knows a thing or two about the All-Star slam dunk contest, having participated in the event in 2012 and 2014. So his opinion counts. And George thinks Aaron Gordon should have been declared the winner of this year's dunk contest in Toronto over winner Zach LaVine even though..." April 01

  • Surging Magic dump slumping Pacers

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- From March 16-25, the Orlando Magic lost six consecutive games by an average of 7.8 points. Their record fell to 29-43 at the time, but instead of playing out the string, the Magic suddenly are playing like a playoff-bound team, much to the displeasure of the reeling Indiana..." March 31

  • Magic's Nikola Vucevic: 'It's good to finally be back'

    Orlando Sentinel "Nikola Vucevic is expected to return from a 13-game absence when the Orlando Magic face the Indiana Pacers tonight. Vucevic, who has healed from a groin strain, will come off the bench because he may have lost some conditioning since he last played on March 4. “I’ll be available to play..." March 31

  • Report: Bulls may be open to dealing Butler, Celtics and Magic interested

    The Score "Whether the Chicago Bulls make the playoffs or not, it's been a disappointing season in the Windy City, and the team is now open to trading franchise player Jimmy Butler as a result, according to The Vertical's Chris Mannix. The Boston Celtics, who reportedly inquired about Butler's..." March 31

  • The Power and Polarity of Peter Vecsey

    The Big Lead "It was a late afternoon in early December 1997. Peter Vecsey had an 8 pm deadline for his New York Post column, which ran three times per week, but the Golden State Warriors weren’t returning his calls. Vecsey had recently reported that Latrell Sprewell was on the trade block, and was trying to..." March 30

  • Who's in and who's out for Team USA Basketball's 2016 Olympics roster?

    SB Nation "Team USA Basketball will try to take home its third consecutive gold medal when they head to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics. But before Team USA officially begins that quest, they must select a 12-man roster. USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike..." March 30

  • Nicholson scores 24 as Magic mash Nets

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- Andrew Nicholson waited a long time to have a game like this. The Magic reserve forward, in his fourth NBA season, scored a career-high 24 points and made all nine of his shots in leading Orlando to a 139-105 victory over the hapless Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. It..." March 29

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    Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins

    As stated yesterday, Victor Oladipo (wrist) is very likely to play tonight. Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder sprain) will not play.

  • Pacers eliminate 3 teams from playoff contention by beating Rockets

    The Score "Thanks to the Indiana Pacers, the New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, and Milwaukee Bucks have officially been eliminated from postseason contention. With Sunday's 104-101 win over the Houston Rockets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Pacers extinguished the last glimmer of hope the three teams had..." March 28

  • Magic hand Bulls third straight loss

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO -- The Chicago Bulls still say they want to make the NBA playoffs, but they don't act -- or play -- like it anymore. The once-proud, now-hapless Bulls lost their third consecutive game Saturday night, falling in embarrassing fashion, 111-89, to the Orlando Magic. They never..." March 26

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    Orlando Magic Daily @OMagicDaily

    Evan Fournier said on Snapchat he received six stitches after that hit in tonight's game. #Magic

  • Dwight Howard interested in signing with Magic

    Pro Basketball Talk "Dwight Howard, who will surely opt out and become a free agent this summer, is sending an transparent message to NBA teams: If you pay me, I will come. Howard is also apparently making targeted pitches – first to the Knicks and now the Magic." March 26

  • Whiteside helps Heat burn Magic

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Things are looking up for the Miami Heat ... in part because the players are all looking to, for and up to Hassan Whiteside. The Heat center came off the bench to provide a career-high-tying 26 points along with 12 rebounds and five blocks as Miami defeated the Orlando Magic 108-97..." March 25

  • Best-Selling Retro Jerseys By State: Larry Bird Dominates New England

    NESN "here are few better ways to show your fandom than with an awesome throwback jersey. And while there are plenty of sports legends who have come through Boston, one player’s threads still reign supreme. Mitchell & Ness, a clothing company that specializes in throwback apparel, released its annual..." March 24

  • Nikola Vucevic was impacted by the terrorist attacks in Belgium

    Orlando Sentinel "For the second time this season, an Orlando Magic player is dealing with the shock of major terrorist attacks in the country where he was raised. Center Nikola Vucevic felt sickened when he learned terrorists carried out deadly attacks Tuesday at Brussels' primary airport and at a subway..." March 24

  • Orlando's Brandon Jennings returns to Detroit looking forward to free agency

    Michigan Live "Brandon Jennings emerged from the visitors locker room Wednesday in an arena he's all too familiar with. The halls he'd walked, the court he knew. He was supposed to be the Detroit Pistons' answer at point guard, proving that as he led the franchise out of a 5-23 hole last season, all to watch..." March 24

  • Drummond helps Pistons win fourth straight game

    The Sports Xchange "AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The easy part ended for the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. If they want to make their first playoff appearance in seven seasons, they will have to finish their drive against tough competition. Led by All-Star Andre Drummond's 30 points and 14 rebounds, the Pistons..." March 23

  • NBA All-Star Game going to L.A. in 2018

    USA Today "Los Angeles it is for the 2018 NBA All-Star game. And what a warm, welcome sight that will be. After six consecutive stops in central or Eastern locations, the league’s annual extravaganza – one that has been held amid frigid temperatures in New York and Toronto the past two seasons – will..." March 22

  • Fixing the NBA age minimum is hard, but it must be done

    SB Nation "We're officially in NBA draft season as underclassmen declare and fans of lottery teams begin taking a shine to certain prospects. We're also a decade into the NBA age minimum. In the wake of the publication of Jonathan Abrams' book on the one-and-done era, Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller assess the..." March 22

  • Dikembe Mutombo was at the Brussels Airport attacks, is unharmed

    Yahoo! Sports "NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo was in the Brussels Airport at the time of today’s coordinated attacks, bombings that have killed dozens and injured well into the hundreds. Soon after the blasts Mutombo went onto his Facebook page to assure followers and friends that he was safe: God is..." March 22

  • Celtics easily handle Magic

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- With his team playing its fifth game in seven nights and still missing a key player with Jae Crowder still out, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens had every reason to worry about Monday night's game against the Orlando Magic. As it turned out, there wasn't much to worry about...." March 21

  • Craig Sager tells HBO that his leukemia is no longer in remission

    Yahoo! Sports "In an interview that will air during Tuesday night's episode of HBO's "Real Sports," TNT announcer Craig Sager reveals that the acute myeloid leukemia he has battled for the last two years is no longer in remission. In the interview with HBO correspondent Bernard Goldberg, the 64-year-old..." March 21

  • Front-Office Insider: Stay away from declared underclassmen

    Yahoo! Sports "One thing that drives owners crazy is giving money back to the NBA. Unless teams want to write a blank check to the NBA, early-entry draft prospects like LSU star Ben Simmons are off limits for the next six weeks. Teams cannot contact or talk publicly about players who still have eligibility..." March 21

  • Raptors dump Magic, keep heat on Cavs

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors aren't too concerned with catching the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Atlantic Division leaders know if they play the way they're capable of, their playoff seeding will take care of itself. The Raptors kept pace with the Cavaliers defeating the Orlando Magic 105-100..." March 20

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    Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins

    N. Vucevic (groin strain) will not play tonight. E. Ilyasova (knee) is expected to play. E. Payton (elbow): gametime decision.

  • Sources: NBA, players union agree to shorten free-agent moratorium

    Yahoo! Sports "The DeAndre Jordan Rule has found its way into summer free agency. In the aftermath of the free-agent center’s tortured change-of-heart that led him to return to the Los Angeles Clippers, the NBA and the players association agreed to shorten the July free-agency moratorium and allow verbal..." March 18

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    Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins

    On their injury report, the Magic are listing center Nikola Vucevic (groin strain) as out for tomorrow's game vs. the Cavaliers.

  • Jay Williams estimates 75-80 percent of NBA players use marijuana

    The Score "Clifford Robinson, aka "Uncle Spliffy," isn't the only former NBA player who has become a strong advocate for marijuana, as ex-Duke Blue Devils and Chicago Bulls point guard Jay Williams is leading the charge to make cannabis legal in the NBA. Williams estimates that 75 to 80 percent of NBA..." March 17

  • Hornets top Magic to cap 6-1 homestand

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets lost their focus a bit Wednesday night, but it didn't really matter. All it took was one outstanding quarter for the Hornets to beat the Orlando Magic 107-99. The Hornets outscored the Magic 35-13 in the second quarter, which included an 18-0..." March 16

  • Reserve C Smith powers Magic past Nuggets

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- Veteran backup center Jason Smith played his best game of the season Tuesday night -- one of the best of his career -- but he made it sound like just another day on the job. It is why a lot of teams like the eight-year journeyman so much. Smith scored 25 points and..." March 15

  • 'Boys Among Men' showcases the NBA age limit's flaws with entertaining flair

    Sporting News "There’s no blueprint for the NBA. There’s nothing like this.” Jermaine O’Neal, the man who imparted that wisdom, retired at age 35 after an eighteen-season NBA career, something that was almost unfathomable twenty-five years ago and is impossible now. O’Neal is one of the players who elected..." March 15

  • Jason Smith Most Comfortable Coming Off Bench "In his first two – and only starts of the season – center/power forward Jason Smith was his usually solid self for the Orlando Magic, scoring 13 and 10 points. But it’s as a reserve – where Smith has thrived all season and once again in Friday’s defeat of Sacramento – that the sweet-shooting..." March 13

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