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Magic Grab the Win Against the Nuggets

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The Magic had a difficult start, trailing 12-0, but their defense soon stepped up and helped them to gain the momentum. By avoiding fouls and other blunders, the Magic managed to force a turnover, and this allowed them to transition from defense to offense. Markelle Fultz then threw an alley-oop to Wendell Carter. During the opening quarter, the Magic made seven turnovers and scored 11 points from them. This set the tempo for the rest of the game, where Orlando created 22 points from 16 turnovers and out-hustled the Nuggets. The Nuggets’ shooting percentage for the floor was only 46.4 percent, with a 10 out of 33 rate from three-point range. The Magic seemed to be a unified force in their defense, smothering drives and pushing back against shots, with a great deal of energy. The Magic prevented one of the top offensive teams of the league to only 104 points, following up a strong defensive showing the day before.

Trade Deadline Announcements

Thirty minutes before the game began, the Orlando Magic declared that a four-team trade had taken place, which was initially brought up by the Orlando Sentinel. The Magic gained a 2024 second-round pick (from the Denver Nuggets), some monetary compensation, and Patrick Beverley. On the other hand, the Lakers received Mo Bamba, Davon Reed, and two second-round picks from the Clippers in 2024 and 2025. The Nuggets were presented with Thomas Bryant, and the LA Clippers were presented with Bones Hyland.

Next Up the Miami Heat

The Orlando Magic are heating up for a potential upset against the #6 seed Miami Heat. We predict that the Magic will come out on top with a 6-point lead in what is sure to be an exciting matchup. With their recent performance, Magic fans aren’t far from thinking that a win just might be possible. I believe the final score will be 111-105, which would surely go down as one of the team’s most historic upsets. It will certainly be an entertaining game to watch as the Orlando Magic attempt to beat Miami and continue their winning streak.

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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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