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Penny & Pops Podcast: Ibaka-Oladipo Trade Aftermath and Free Agency

2016 June 24

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The 2016 NBA Draft concluded and the Orlando Magic were very active. They traded Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and 11th pick Domantas Sabonis to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Serge Ibaka.

Why are Magic fans so outraged by the trade? We discuss how much better the franchise is after this transaction. The rest of Orlando’s Draft gets discussed.

Which Magic free agents are staying or going? Which free agents around the league could land in Orlando? Is anyone else getting traded?

Warning: Adult Language

 

 

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO.

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WATCH: Hennigan & Vogel Discuss Serge Ibaka-Victor Oladipo Trade

2016 June 24
Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic

Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic

At the conclusion of the 2016 NBA Draft, Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan and Head Coach Frank Vogel made their way down to the interview room in Amway Center to discuss the transactions they made. It was certainly a busy evening.

The Magic packaged Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and the 11th pick – which was Domantas Sabonis – to the Oklahoma City Thunder for big man shot-blocker Serge Ibaka. Hennigan went on to mention how tough it was to trade Oladipo, and what Vic meant to the franchise on and off the court. But that Serge is such a defensive talent that Orlando badly could use, that it difficult to ignore such a deal.

Vogel certainly seemed excited to insert Ibaka into his defensive scheme. It sounds like they want him playing next to Nikola Vucevic. That may mean Aaron Gordon gets pushed to the bench, but there are still plenty of minutes for the young forward. Oladipo being dealt also opens up minutes for Mario Hezonja, and also confirms that the Magic certainly plan on re-signing Evan Fournier at whatever cost.

 

 

There’s also mention of the Magic selecting UNLV center Stephen Zimmerman with the 41st pick, and what he brings. The trade involving Portland and Orlando’s 47th pick – which became Maryland forward Jake Layman – was not mentioned because the deal had not quite been officially announced at that moment.

It was indeed an exciting night for an Orlando franchise that is looking to make big splashes this offseason. So far so good. We’ll see whatever noise the team can make come free agency.

 

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Orlando Trades 47th Pick to Portland for Cash and 2019 2nd-Rounder

2016 June 24
by Adam Papageorgiou
Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic

Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic selected Maryland forward Jake Layman with the 47th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, but that selection was swiftly dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for $1.2 million in cash and a 2019 2nd-round pick. This news is courtesy of Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

 

 

 

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Orlando Magic Select Stephen Zimmerman with 41st Draft Pick

2016 June 23
by Adam Papageorgiou
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic selected 7-foot UNLV center Stephen Zimmerman with the 41st pick of the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday. The 19-year-old spent one season with the Runnin’ Rebels, averaging 10.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg, and 0.8 bpg on 47.7 FG%, 29.4 3PT%, and 62.4 FT%.

Zimmerman was a McDonald’s All-American in 2015. He also won gold with the U.S. national team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in 2014. The 240-pound big man is left-handed and also has a wingspan that’s over 7’3″. One reason that Zimmerman didn’t go higher in the Draft is that there’s possibly an elbow injury worry.

 

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Orlando to Trade Oladipo, Ilyasova and Sabonis to OKC for Serge Ibaka

2016 June 23

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You got your big move, Orlando Magic fans. The franchise will be dealing away Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and the 11th pick of Thursday’s 2016 NBA Draft (Domantas Sabonis) to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for shot-blocking big man Serge Ibaka.

The Magic selected Sabonis at #11, and then Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports dropped the bombshell report of a deal. In the Draft room, in the upstairs portion of Amway Center, GM Rob Hennigan – with Frank Vogel and CEO Alex Martins present – was seen sharing high-fives with all front office staffers and folks present. A joyous scene. They got the defensive presence they’ve wanted for a while.

Ibaka is 26 years old. Nicknamed ‘Air Congo’, he was the 24th pick of the 2008 Draft. The 6’10” big man averaged 12.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, and 1.9 bpg this season on 47.9 FG%, 32.6 3PT%, and 75.2 FT% for Billy Donovan’s Thunder.

Ibaka seems like an ideal defensive fit next to Nikola Vucevic. And in certain Frank Vogel lineups, Serge will certainly get center minutes. Ibaka earned 1st Team All-Defense honors in 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015.

Like Victor Oladipo, Ibaka is set to be a free agent in 2017. Oladipo was the the Magic’s 2nd pick of that weak 2013 Draft. In ’15-’16, Oladipo averaged 16.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.9 apg, and 1.6 spg on 43.8 FG% and 34.8 3PT%.

The speculation as to why Orlando traded the 24-year-old Oladipo is up for your interpretation, but it’s possible the Magic will look to re-sign Evan Fournier, and wanted to open up minutes for Mario Hezonja. Thus, why Oladipo got dealt. And yet, Orlando still has plenty of money to go free agent shopping.

The other piece in this trade was Ersan Ilyasova. Had Ilyasova not been included in a trade, it was very likely that Orlando was going to waive the Turkish forward who they acquired along with Brandon Jennings in that Tobias Harris trade with Detroit. Ilyasova was set to make $8.4 million in ’16-’17. Had he been waived by the Magic, Ersan would have only been owed $400,000. Ilyasova’s contract made this trade possible because of Ibaka’s $12.35 million salary. In 22 Magic games, Ilyasova averaged 8.1 ppg and 5.5 rpg on 41.8 FG% and 40.9 3PT%.

Magic fans will certainly feel sad that Oladipo was dealt. Along with his on-court play, Victor was popular in the community. But this is a move that can’t be judged until at least a year from now. It’ll be up to the Magic to convince Ibaka to want to remain in Orlando long-term. I appreciate all Oladipo has done for this franchise. I look forward to seeing what Ibaka can provide this franchise.

 

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High Price Tag or Not, Orlando Must Keep Evan Fournier

2016 June 23
by Adam Papageorgiou

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This is an MBO series of 2015-2016 Orlando Magic seasonal player recaps and evaluations. Throughout this month of June – as the NBA Draft and free agency approach – we’ll dive into statistics, highlights, and more as we dissect the 14-man roster and figure out who should stay and who should go as we enter a crucial offseason in the franchise’s history.

Previously in the series:

#00 Gordon

#4 Payton

#3 Dedmon

#5 Oladipo

#7 Ilyasova

#9 Vucevic

#11 Marble

#13 Napier

#14 Smith

#23 Hezonja

#32 Watson

#44 Nicholson

#55 Jennings

 

It’s appropriate that I saved Evan Fournier for last as we conclude our 2015-2016 Orlando Magic player recap series. The final major Magic signing/acquisition of this summer could indeed be the French wing. Finishing as the team’s third-best scorer – behind Vucevic and Oladipo – the 23-year-old Fournier continues to improve statistically each year he’s been in the Association.

In his 4th year as an NBA employee, Evan proved that he can be a full-time starter. Be it at SG or at SF. At 6’7″, his size in combination with his fantastic driving and dribbling abilities proved potent for oppositions to try to defend. The 15.4 ppg is great enough, but the 46.2 FG% and 40.0 3PT% are indications that he was efficient as well. More importantly, Fournier continues to prove he’s not afraid of having the ball in his hands late in contests. He’s a top-3 closer option for this squad.

2015-2016: 79 games, 71 starts, 32.5 mpg, 15.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg, 46.2 FG%, 40.0 3PT%, 83.6 FT%

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Expect a Bounce Back ’16-’17 Third NBA Season for Elfrid Payton

2016 June 23
by Adam Papageorgiou

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This is an MBO series of 2015-2016 Orlando Magic seasonal player recaps and evaluations. Throughout this month of June – as the NBA Draft and free agency approach – we’ll dive into statistics, highlights, and more as we dissect the 14-man roster and figure out who should stay and who should go as we enter a crucial offseason in the franchise’s history.

Previously in the series:

#00 Gordon

#3 Dedmon

#5 Oladipo

#7 Ilyasova

#9 Vucevic

#11 Marble

#13 Napier

#14 Smith

#23 Hezonja

#32 Watson

#44 Nicholson

#55 Jennings

 

I’m looking forward to the 2016-2017 Elfrid Payton revenge tour. Barring something drastic occurring, that will happen in an Orlando Magic uniform. The 22-year-old franchise point guard – yes, you better believe I’m still referring to him as that – never could quite build off a promising 82-game rookie campaign.

The 6’4″ man from Gretna, Louisiana was playing catch-up health wise all year. A hamstring problem kept him out a majority of preseason and training camp. Not great timing considering he had to get acclimated with Scott Skiles‘ new system. A system that maybe didn’t fit who he was as a ball-handler and floor general. Payton did make it back in time for the start of the season, but you could see he was a bit off from what we were used to just six months prior.

It’s honestly quite surprising that Payton only missed 9 games. He was hampered by multiple ankle injuries in December and January. Then came the elbow problem in March. He probably should have missed at least double the 9 games he sat out. It’s a testament to his toughness for sure. Injuries won’t be anything he’ll complain about. Ever.

That’s why many people seem to ignore the fact that Payton was bogged down by so many ailments. In many ways though, Elfrid still managed to show improvement in certain areas of his game.

2015-2016: 73 games, 69 starts, 29.4 mpg, 10.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 43.6 FG%, 32.6 3PT%, 58.9 FT%

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Will Devyn Marble See a 3rd Season in Orlando Pinstripes?

2016 June 22
by Adam Papageorgiou

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This is an MBO series of 2015-2016 Orlando Magic seasonal player recaps and evaluations. Throughout this month of June – as the NBA Draft and free agency approach – we’ll dive into statistics, highlights, and more as we dissect the 14-man roster and figure out who should stay and who should go as we enter a crucial offseason in the franchise’s history.

Previously in the series:

#00 Gordon

#3 Dedmon

#5 Oladipo

#7 Ilyasova

#9 Vucevic

#13 Napier

#14 Smith

#23 Hezonja

#32 Watson

#44 Nicholson

#55 Jennings

 

Devyn Marble was selected 56th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. He technically wasn’t chosen by the Orlando Magic, but was part of that Evan FournierArron Afflalo Denver deal. To be fair to the 6’6″ Iowa Hawkeyes product, few prospects selected at that spot ever have strong careers in the league. Expectations should be kept low.

In two seasons with the Magic now, the 23-year-old has played in 44 total games with Orlando, scoring only 97 points in a combined 457 minutes. Marble is a career 30.4 FG% and 22.2 3PT% shooting at the moment. That’s going to have to improve significantly if he plans on sticking around in the Association.

2015-2016: 28 games, 0 starts, 8.9 mpg, 2.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 29.6 FG%, 25.0 3PT%, 41.7 FT%

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Deep Analysis: C.J. Watson Just Needs to Stay Healthy

2016 June 22
by Adam Papageorgiou

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This is an MBO series of 2015-2016 Orlando Magic seasonal player recaps and evaluations. Throughout this month of June – as the NBA Draft and free agency approach – we’ll dive into statistics, highlights, and more as we dissect the 14-man roster and figure out who should stay and who should go as we enter a crucial offseason in the franchise’s history.

Previously in the series:

#00 Gordon

#3 Dedmon

#5 Oladipo

#7 Ilyasova

#9 Vucevic

#13 Napier

#14 Smith

#23 Hezonja

#44 Nicholson

#55 Jennings

 

There’s not a whole lot one can say about C.J. Watson and his first season in Orlando without bringing up that crazy-long calf problem that kept him out of almost two-thirds of the ’15-’16 campaign. The 32-year-old University of Tennessee product only played 8 games prior to the All-Star Game. Eight! And those came the first 2 weeks of the season.

Watson was brought in to provide some veteran experience, but to also to be a shooting threat for nights where Elfrid Payton was either hurt or struggling mightily to toss the rock through the rim. Watson was supposed to be a point guard buffer. Yeah…so…about that…

 

2015-2016: 33 games, 2 starts, 19.9 mpg, 4.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 34.3 FG%, 29.2 3PT%, 87.2 FT%

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No One Should Blame Andrew Nicholson if He Departs Orlando

2016 June 22
by Adam Papageorgiou
Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

This is an MBO series of 2015-2016 Orlando Magic seasonal player recaps and evaluations. Throughout this month of June – as the NBA Draft and free agency approach – we’ll dive into statistics, highlights, and more as we dissect the 14-man roster and figure out who should stay and who should go as we enter a crucial offseason in the franchise’s history.

Previously in the series:

#00 Gordon

#3 Dedmon

#5 Oladipo

#7 Ilyasova

#9 Vucevic

#13 Napier

#14 Smith

#23 Hezonja

#55 Jennings

 

As of this posting, Andrew Nicholson is currently the longest-tenured Orlando Magic player currently. He was drafted 19th overall in 2012. That may not be the case come next month. The 26-year-old big man has to be more than frustrated with how his NBA career has gone so far.

When it comes to on-court time – and the inconsistent quantity of those minutes – I can’t think of a Magic man over the past few years that has a bigger gripe than the Mississauga, Ontario native. Season after season has seen the 6’9″ big man earn minutes for outstanding offense, only to see those minutes get taken away due to a lack of defense and rebounding.

2015-2016: 56 games, 0 starts, 14.7 mpg, 6.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 47.1 FG%, 36.0 3PT%, 78.5 FT%

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