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Welcome Back Fultz & Anthony | Orlando Fall to the Hawks 125-108

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The Magic finally got some of their guards back, but they really could have used a center.

In addition to Markelle Fultz making his season debut, Cole Anthony returned from a 16-game absence, the Magic’s defensive deficiencies were exposed as they were overpowered inside and on the boards in a 125-108 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

In his first shot attempt of the game, Fultz backed down Dejounte Murray in the post and hit a baby hook on the paint. He got right to work by doing so.

In addition to demonstrating early hustle by stripping the ball and diving to the court to obtain possession and create a transition opportunity for the Magic, he also did so.

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In the first quarter, Fultz was replaced by Anthony after having an oblique injury that forced him to miss 16 games. Ross came back from an illness and hit two of the Magic’s three-pointers.

In the first quarter, the Magic shot 50 percent from the field, with Fultz making a midrange pull-up when he checked back in. Despite Atlanta missing all six of their deep shots, the Hawks shot 64 percent from the field. The Hawks made 16 of 19 two-point shots in the quarter, resulting in Atlanta leading by 38-27 after one. Capela, who scored 12 points in the first on 6-for-6 shooting, led Atlanta’s effort.

In the second quarter, Mosley tried out his new backcourt depth by putting Fultz and Anthony on the court together along with Gary Harris, Paolo Banchero, and Bol Bol.

However, the Atlanta Hawks’ efficient shooting continued throughout the second period, and they began making three-pointers. The Magic shot 38 percent in the period, but the Hawks’ shooting percentage remained high, resulting in them leading by as many as 21 points. Trae Young recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists in the first half as the Hawks led 70-50 at the break after shooting 58 percent.

The Hawks continued to dominate the Magic on the interior (11-for-15) and struggle from the perimeter (1-for-11) in the third period. Young tallied 15 points in the period, and Atlanta entered the final quarter with a 100-76 lead.

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The Magic never got any closer than 15 points within in the fourth quarter.

Capela finished with 20 points on 9-for-10 shooting and 12 rebounds, while Young accumulated 30 points and 14 assists. Atlanta shot 69.4 percent inside the arc (43-of-62) and overwhelmed the Magic 49-33 on the boards, as Orlando gave up 14 second-chance opportunities.

Magic big man Franz Wagner scored a team-high 22 points, and Paolo Banchero had 20 points and five assists in a 115-99 rout of the Bulls on Tuesday night. Quiet night for Bol Bol, who got the start at center and had six points and five rebounds in 27 minutes.

Fultz finished with eight points on 3-for-8 shooting and four assists in 17 minutes. Anthony had 11 points on 3-for-7 shooting in 24 minutes. Ross had 12 points, including this dunk.

The Magic need to put together a better defensive game if they are going to start turning this season around. There are a lot of weapons in the Magic offensive but it means nothing if they can’t stop the progression of points from the other side.

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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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