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Magic win after All-Star Break

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The Orlando Magic faced the Houston Rockets in their first game following the All-Star break. Both squads are young and in the process of rebuilding. These are the two teams with the worst records in the league. It’s also worth noting that both teams are currently at the bottom of their respective divisions. For either club, this was a great opportunity to get back on track for the rest of the season.

The first three-quarters of the game were extremely close, with both teams trading the lead. The Rockets got off to a hot start and took a 33-27 lead into the second quarter. The Magic responded with a big second quarter of their own, outscoring the Rockets 31-18 in the quarter. The Rockets led by as many as six points in the first quarter, but the Magic took a six-point lead into halftime. In the third quarter, the Rockets briefly reclaimed the lead, only to lose it again in the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter was tense, but the Magic were able to pull away for a 119-111 victory.

Wins like this one prove that the Magic are competitive and capable of winning games down the stretch. A lot of the young players on the Orlando Magic are still figuring out how to win games. They are, nevertheless, making strides and holding out hope. They have a number of talented players. Chuma Okeke led the Magic with 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc, while Wendell Carter Jr. chipped in with 24 points and 12 rebounds to round out the scoring for Orlando.

Jalen Green scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds for Houston. In addition to his 21 points, Christian Wood also grabbed 11 rebounds. Houston struggled from the free throwline making only 9 out of 20 (45%). Both teams strugggled from behind the arc with the Magic shooting 36% (13 out of 36) and the Rockets shooting 29% (14 out of 47).

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Orlando will face the Indiana Pacers in back-to-back home games next. Markelle Fultz, the team’s starting point guard, will also be back. On January 6, 2021, Fultz sustained a left knee injury that has kept him out of action for the entire season. With the return of Fultz, Orlando has a chance to finish the season on a high note.

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Orlando Magic Linked to Career 38.5 3PT Shooter Player

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The Orlando Magic are one of the teams expected to pursue Malik Beasley once he hits the free agency market this July.

The Magic, who have already been linked to several incoming free agents with respectable shooting acumen, are reportedly among the teams showing some level of interest in Beasley.

Other teams linked to the sweet-shooting veterans are the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

“Houston has identified floor spacing and shooting as an area of need this offseason privately and publicly and have an interest in veteran sharpshooter Malik Beasley,” a source close to the situation told the New York Times.

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Beasley started 77 games for the Milwaukee Bucks this past season, converting 41.3 percent of his shots from 3-point distance. He’s a career 38.5 percent three-point shooter.

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Magic Have Interest in Sweet-Shooting Point Guard

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D'Angelo Russell

The Orlando Magic has reportedly shown interest in potential free agent guard D’Angelo Russell, the Athletic reported on Wednesday, May 21.

Russell, who can opt out of his $18.7 million player option with the Los Angeles Lakers, is expected to draw interest from teams looking to shore up their shooting in their backcourt.

The 28-year-old point guard averaged 18.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 32.7 minutes per game while shooting 45.6 FG% and 41.5 3PT% during the 2023-24 season.

His numbers dipped in the playoffs as he averaged 14.2 points on 38.4 FG% and 31.8 3PT% in the five-game series with the Denver Nuggets.

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The Magic direly need some reliable shooting in their lineup for next season after shooting 35.2% from deep in the regular-season.

Aside from Russell, the Magic are also rumored as a potential destination for Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson.

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Orlando Magic Linked to Big-Time Scorer in Free Agency

According to reputable NBA insider Ramona Shelburne, the Magic are one of the teams eyeing the service of NBA All-Star Paul George.

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The offseason officially started for the Orlando Magic seconds after the final buzzer of their 94-106 Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. According to reputable NBA insider Ramona Shelburne, the Magic are one of the teams eyeing incoming free agent Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers.

“There’s two teams that are paying very close attention to Paul George: the Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers, because both of them have the money to throw at him and need a wing just like him, a veteran guy,” Shelburne said on “the Brian Windhorst & the Hoops Collective” podcast on May 1.

Sportrac projected the Magic to have a practical cap space of $19 million, but their maximum possible cap space could balloon to as high as $58 million if they forego their team options on Jonathan Isaac, Joe Ingles, and Moritz Wagner.

Despite turning 34 once the free agency window opens, George is expected to be a hot commodity on the market because of his reputation as a flat-out scorer and above-average wing defender. He’ll be looking for his final max-level deal of at least $45 million per year before he enters the twilight years of his career.

George averaged 22.6 points on 47.1 FG%, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game during the regular season with the Clippers. His scoring production dipped a bit during the six-game series against the Mavericks, putting up 19.5 points on 41.1 FG% and 36.7 3PT%.

NBA experts expect the Magic to bring over either a legitimate shooter or a scorer who will help address the lack of shooting on their roster. George, a career 38.5 3PT% shooter, would be a solid addition to a resurging team like the Magic.

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