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Magic Welcome Back Markelle Fultz

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Markelle Fultz returned to the Orlando Magic lineup against the Indiana Pacers in his first game back  since suffering aknee injury on January 6, 2021. On the other side, Indiana was without starting point guard Malcolm Brogdon and bench leader Lance Stephenson. The Magic were trying to win consecutive games, which they accomplished with a 119-103 victory.

The Pacers took an early lead in the game. At halftime, Orlando trimmed the lead to one point. However, the Magic were able to extend their lead and seize control of the game in the third quarter. This was largely due to Fultz’s contribution off the bench. Due to his lengthy layoff, Fultz was limited to only 16 minutes as he appeared to be regaining his rhythm. Fultz was a tremendous spark, scoring 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and dishing out six assists.

Indiana demanded their revenge just two days later, defeating the Magic in overtime. This time, Orlando jumped off to an early lead, leading by as many as 13 points in the first half. Indiana was not about to surrender easily, as they managed to narrow the lead to four points at halftime. Once again, the Magic started hot in the third quarter but cooled off in the fourth. Indiana scored 34 points to the Magic’s 19 in the last minute of regulation to tie the game. Overtime belonged to Indiana, as the Magic managed only four points during the period. 122-114 was the final score.

Orlando’s next two games were against the Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzles on the road. The game versus the Raptors was close, as Orlando led for the majority of the contest. The Raptors continued their runs, but the Magic responded with their own. In the end, Orlando defeated the Raptors 103-97.

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The week’s last game was a blowout by the Memphis Grizzles. Memphis led from the outset through the conclusion of regulation. The lead had increased to 23 points by halftime. Orlando struggled from behind the arc and at the free throw line, shooting 11 of 35 (31%) and 11 of 16 (68%) respectively. Ja Morant led the Grizzles with 25 points and seven assists. Desmond Bane chipped in with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting.

Orlando’s record now stands at 16-49, good for last place in the Eastern Conference. On Tuesday, March 8th at 7 p.m. eastern, the Magic will return home to face the defending western conference champion Phoenix Suns.

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Orlando Magic Linked to Career 38.5 3PT Shooter Player

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Malik Beasley

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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