Nobody around the league is quite sure what direction the San Antonio Spurs are going to head next. Most teams, when they are hanging around the fringes of the playoffs with a couple of older stars playing an old-school style — LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan — would look to retool. San Antonio has young talent such as Dejounte Murray, Bryn Forbes, and Derrick White, they could take a step back and start to rebuild around them. But the Spurs are the Spurs. Maybe they keep the band together and scramble up the board to the seven or eight seed, keeping their historic playoff streak alive. Or, maybe, after failed attempts to reach a contract extension with DeRozan, they trade him at the deadline and look to the future. If they do that, the Orlando Magic are interested, reports Kevin O’Conner of The Ringer. DeRozan can become a free agent in 2020 by declining his $27.7 million player option… The Spurs could always deal him sooner rather than let him walk … [Read more...] about Rumor: Orlando Magic interested in trade for DeMar DeRozan
I like the hiring of hiring Frank Vogel in Orlando. They did wisely keep Evan Fournier. I like their front court with Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic, and now Serge Ibaka (at least for a year). However, I have not loved the moves the Magic have made this off-season on the perimeter. Gone is Victor Oladipo (and Tobias Harris if you go back to the last trade deadline), and in their place there is Jodie Meeks and D.J. Augustin. (Part of my issue is I’m far from sold on Elfrid Payton.) That backcourt/wing spot is wanting. Into that mix, you can now add Jeff Green, a signing broken by Jeff Zillgitt of the USA Today. Jeff Green has reached a one-year, $15M deal with the Orlando Magic, I've been told. — Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) July 1, 2016 That’s not solving the problems. With a one-year deal Green has bet on himself — impress in a place he should get touches (with Oladipo and Harris gone) and next summer he can rake it in with a longer deal. But after eight NBA … [Read more...] about Report: Jeff Green agrees to one-year, $15 million contract with Orlando
The U.S. is looking for revenge with plenty at stake on Friday by Roger Gonzalez @rgonzalezcbs Nov 14, 2019 at 11:07 am ET • 3 min read The United States men's national team is under pressure heading into Friday night's CONCACAF Nations League showdown against Canada in Orlando, Florida. Gregg Berhalter's side needs to win its final two games in order to have a chance to finish Group A in first place and punch a ticket to the semifinal round. Canada has a six-point cushion heading into its final game of the group stage following a stunning win over the U.S. at BMO Field -- the first in 34 years over the Americans. A win for USA on Friday would set the stage for a photo finish for first place in the group.It's expected to be another tricky match because the injury bug has the U.S. down three starters with Christian Pulisic (hip), Zack Steffen (knee) and Michael Bradley (ankle) all out. So what must the U.S. do in order to beat Canada? Below … [Read more...] about USA vs. Canada: Three keys for Berhalter’s team in must-win CONCACAF Nations League showdown in Orlando
Jonathan Isaac is out with a freak injury thanks to the Orlando Magic's new city edition uniforms by Sam Quinn Nov 15, 2019 at 7:02 pm ET • 1 min read Non-basketball injuries are sadly a part of professional sports. Life is hazardous. Things happen. But in the case of the Orlando Magic and third-year forward Jonathan Isaac, the team has no one to blame but themselves. According to Josh Robbins of The Athletic, Isaac will miss Friday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs with a sprained ankle. When did he sprain it? During a team event held on Thursday night to unveil the Magic's new orange "city edition" uniforms. 🍊O R L #ORLAboveAll 🍊 pic.twitter.com/TEJnxUxST8— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) November 15, 2019 It is unclear at this point how exactly Isaac managed to injure himself at the event. Photoshoots like this tend to be fairly stationary, so in all likelihood, it was just a random hazard. But such … [Read more...] about Jonathan Isaac suffers ankle injury during jersey unveiling event for Orlando Magic, per report
Orlando’s offense is dreadful. In the past week it finally moved into scoring more than a point per possession — just barely — but they are ranked 29th in the league. They just can’t hit shots. The Magic have the worst team three-point percentage (28.5 percent) and the worst true shooting percentage. It’s not that they’re taking bad shots, they are just not making them. When a team struggles, other teams start to look at what players they like and may be available in a trade. Other teams watching the Magic stumble to a 4-7 start have their eyes on Aaron Gordon, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic — and he adds the Magic are not going there. Multiple teams are monitoring Magic forward Aaron Gordon with interest should an opportunity present itself, but the Magic have shown no interest in moving him, sources said. Orlando is 4-7 and working to turn the corner early this season. Gordon signed a four-year, $76 million deal to return to the Magic … [Read more...] about Other teams reportedly eyeing Magic’s Aaron Gordon, Orlando not interested. Yet.