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WELCOME BACK, COACH: Orlando Magic sting Hornets, 113-93

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After a hellish six-game stretch, featuring only a single home court defense, the Orlando Magic celebrate tonight for the first time this season, overcoming the visiting Charlotte Hornets, 113-93.

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Earlier today, I was talking to a winless Los Angeles Lakers fan, and I’m only mentioning that because we no longer have that in common. Can’t relate. A new starting line-up featuring Bol Bol, made necessary by injury trouble, worked beautifully all night. That said, Mo Bamba and Paolo is such a fun combo to watch.

Truthfully, the final score gap could’ve have been much wide, but this mysterious 3-point slump continues to haunt Orlando. Wide open looks bouncing off the rims was a consistent feature throughout the game. Unfortunately, the Magic are still wasting too many scoring opportunities. This is a good team, but not good enough to leave points on the floor, as we’ve seen this season.

A Message to Our Point Guard

Dear RJ, we see you!

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This is your time to shine. Many of the best moments that my generation of Orlando Magic fans witnessed involved an underappreciate, and underrecognized man named Jameer Nelson. Without Nelson, the peak of Dwight Howard’s character would have looked very different. Now, we have another young star who can do a lot of his team, and can’t do everything.

 

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THANKS COACH

Respect to former Orlando Head Coach Steve Clifford.

Orlando’s best coach since Stan Van Gundy, led a LaMelo-less Charlotte Hornet team into the Amway Center, and stood on business. Under Coach Cliff, Orlando ended our post-Dwight playoff drought, won the division, and went to our first playoff game since 2012.  His time here was , and his decision to make way for the rebuild that followed, helped lay the foundation for all the success this young Orlando Magic is going to have in the near future.

In fact, this squad’s first win of the season, coming against the teacher that taught this city what it felt like to win again, is almost too poetic for me to bare. So, from all of us that appreciate what you’d done: Thanks Coach.


NEXT: Orlando Magic visit the Dallas Mavericks (2-3), on October 30th.

 

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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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Paul George

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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