The Orlando Magic have recently upgraded their fantastic mobile phone app. The most noticeable change is with the introductory photo when folks open the application. With Jameer Nelson gone, as well as the 25th Anniversary silver season celebration having concluded, the previous picture needed to be updated.
It’s pretty evident that the graphic designer was going for a Michael Jordan logo pose, but it’s like Victor’s lower torso got sawed off. The Magic’s official logo has replaced the 25th Anniversary version, and it enlarges the perceived separation of Victor Oladipo‘s legs from his body even more. The legs don’t appear proportionate to Oladipo’s body either, like they were meant for a 7′ 4″ individual. I would expect another update soon. If not, I’ll be surprised if Magic and Indiana Hoosiers fans don’t riot on social media. We can’t have Victor leading the franchise without working limbs.
Ever since Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo have departed Orlando, it’s been assumed that the Magic are now Victor Oladipo‘s franchise to lead to future glory on the court. Well the 22-year-old is certainly proving it off the parquet floor as well as Vic hosted his very first Orlando Magic Youth Camp on Saturday at the RDV Sportsplex.
— Orlando Magic Daily (@OMagicDaily) July 12, 2014
Oladipo taught skills and drills for a 3-hour morning session with kids ages 7-11, then an afternoon session with children ages 12-17. Those attending received a reversible Orlando Magic jersey, an autographed item and team photo with Vic, as well as two lower level tickets to a 2014-2015 Magic game.
The Magic will host over 20 basketball camps this summer designed for boys and girls of all skill levels ages 7-16 in Central Florida. Registration is open and limited space is still available for select sessions. To register click here.
On top of that, VICE Sports has released Part 1 of their 4-part series on Oladipo.
This series is going to be a pleasure to watch. Part 1 focuses on Victor returning home to Maryland where he spends time with family and friends. He also shares a really cool Magic Johnson story from when the Indiana Hoosiers played against Michigan State.
The Orlando Magic followed the end of its Summer League with introductory interviews with Ben Gordon and Willie Green. This coming shortly after Gordon’s deal with the Magic had become official. Willie had been waived by the Clippers and then claimed by the Magic back on June 30th, something that surprised Green. The 31-year-old Gordon and 33-year-old Green both seem to be bought into the Magic wanting to develop the youth, while at the same time claiming they have plenty to give on the court and won’t be afraid to challenge the young guns. Ben just appeared relieved to be in a different environment that isn’t Charlotte.
Meanwhile, Willie is very familiar with the wonders of Orlando and the nightmare that is I-4 traffic.
With both signings, Assistant GMs Scott Perry and Matt Lloyd having past relationships with the new acquisitions played a critical role in the decision to bring on both veterans. Rob Hennigan talked about Ben and Willie, answered some Summer League rookie questions, laughed off a LeBron James inquiry, and talked about continuing the process to have the Erie Bayhawks ready for the D-League season.
The Orlando Magic concluded the 2014 Orlando Summer League with a victory. So it was all smiles as a long week hard at work has come to a conclusion. Coach Unseld reflected on the opportunity to develop his players while the rookies and Victor Oladipo get to turn towards the future.
Below you’ll find more interviews from Wes Unseld Jr., Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon, Devyn Marble, and Seth Curry.
Well we knew it was coming following the elimination of the free agent moratorium period, but the Orlando Magic have officially signed Ben Gordon. The team didn’t release terms of the deal, but we know it’s a 2-year, $9 million contract. The second year of the deal is a team option. Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan discussed the signing:
“Ben (Gordon) brings valuable experience to our team,” said Hennigan. “His competitiveness and ability to score and stretch the floor adds versatility to our backcourt and overall roster. We are excited to welcome Ben to the Orlando Magic family.”
The 6′ 3″ guard from UCONN played in 19 games last season with Charlotte, averaging 5.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg, and 1.1 apg in 14.7 minutes per contest. He’s being brought in for his 3-point shooting and scoring, but his season-high last year was 12 points. Ben was the 3rd overall selection in the 2004 NBA Draft. Gordon has played in 688 career games having averages of 15.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, and 2.6 apg while shooting 40.2 3PT% in his 10-year career. Ben was the recipient of the Sixth Man Award in the 2004-2005 campaign, becoming the first rookie in league history to win the honor. Gordon will wear the #7 jersey which was last worn by J.J. Redick.
Channing Frye is next.
A source close to the situation confirms that the Orlando Magic have signed Devyn Marble. Terms of the agreement are unknown at this time, but an official team announcement is expected this weekend. The 56th overall Draft selection being signed, along with the expected official signings of Channing Frye and Ben Gordon, means the Magic roster will currently be at 14 players.
The 21-year-old 6′ 6″ Iowa Hawkeyes alum played in all five Orlando Summer League contests. Devyn saw time at four court positions. Marble averaged 9.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, and 1.2 spg on 37.2 FG% (16-of-43) and 31.3 3PT% (5-of-16). Marble proved capable of contributing defense and rebounding even if his jump shot was not falling. His confidence and great character make this another quality Rob Hennigan signing.
Playing with just eight players in their 96-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday, the Orlando Magic finally showed their fans something they have been begging to see all week – Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo playing in the back court together.
The duo made it worth the wait in the second half when Payton got a steal and found Oladipo on an alley-oop.
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) July 11, 2014
Payton had 18 points, eight assists and four rebounds in the victory while Oladipo poured in a game-high 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Orlando Magic were seeking to conclude the Orlando Summer League on a high note on ‘Championship Day’. The Magic saved their best for last as they put together a very impressive performance versus the Detroit Pistons and won 96-87 to claim 5th place in the ten-team competition with a 3-2 record.
Victor Oladipo led all players in scoring with 22 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Elfrid Payton amazed with 18 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. Devyn Marble concluded an impressive week with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Aaron Gordon finished the event on a high note with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. The Magic shot 50 percent from the field. Orlando had 18 assists on only 9 turnovers.
- The Magic’s 8 available players were Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Devyn Marble, Vernon Macklin, Josh Magette, Seth Curry, and Kendrick Perry.
- Romero Osby was present, but didn’t play. Meanwhile, Dewayne Dedmon was in a walking boot for precautionary reasons. Everyone else previously on the Magic roster were in Las Vegas to join their other Summer League team.
- Orlando started Gordon at Center, Marble at PF, Curry at SF, Oladipo at SG, and Payton at PG. Detroit had plenty of size advantages.
- Central Florida local Kendrick Perry finally made his Summer League at the 3:19 mark of the 1st quarter. The Edgewater High School product from Youngstown State University was able to get to the basket at will.
- Magic Coach Wes Unseld Jr. was very heavy on the substitutions considering he only had 8 guys to use. It led for some crazy position shifts. Elfrid and Marble both saw time at PF, having to guard guys like Brian Cook and Justin Harper.
- Orlando won the first quarter 23-20 on 56.2 FG% thanks to some great passing by Elfrid and some outstanding athletic finishes at the rim from guys like Perry, Marble, and 2-hand rim rocker by Oladipo.
- Early in the 2nd period, Elfrid connected on an alley oop dunk wtih Aaron then immediately got a steal that led to an aggressive jab step transition take to the rim that led to free throws. Payton quickly followed that up with about 20-foot jumper that he swished.
- Elfrid was putting on a show. From post-up moves against guys taller than him to Payton continuing to display his outrageous court vision.
- Orlando won the 2nd quarter as well and led Detroit 52-43 at halftime behind the Magic’s 51.5 FG%. Elfrid led all scorer with 13 points to go with 4 assists and 2 steals. Devyn Marble had 9 points and 5 rebounds.
- Oladipo drained a 3-pointer on an off-ball screen to open the second half. A pleasant sight to see for those believing Vic will is better as a shooting guard.
- Orlando broke open the game with some outstanding distribution and ball protection. Gordon, Payton, Oladipo, Curry and Marble were all in double figures by the end of the third period.
- The Magic took the 3rd quarter as well and entered the 4th quarter leading 82-62. The most points Orlando had scored prior to today in a Summer League game was when they dropped 87 points on Houston.
- The 4th quarter saw former Magic guys DeAndre Liggins and Justin Harper helped chip away at Orlando’s lead. Liggins impressed especially as he played a lot of point guard.
- At around the 3-minute mark, Elfrid in transition found a soaring Oladipo for an emphatic alley oop jam as a cherry on top to a productive week.
With Summer League concluded, there are no more games for Magic players until training camp begins in a few months.
Aaron Gordon was still very upbeat following another shaky performance in an Orlando Magic loss. Wes Unseld Jr. doesn’t have any clue who he’ll have available for Friday’s Summer League finale, except that Victor Oladipo will indeed play and Dewayne Dedmon won’t. Elfrid Payton talked a lot about Marcus Smart and their bond. Seth Curry seems to be hearing great things from Magic coaches, but he’ll still play for the Phoenix Suns at Vegas Summer League.
Below you’ll find interviews from Wes Unseld Jr., Elfrid Payton, and Aaron Gordon.
The Orlando Magic dropped their second consecutive game at Summer League, falling to the Boston Celtics 76-67. Marcus Smart looked bad in the first three periods, but made it count in the final quarter. Smart led all scorers with 19 points on 5-of-14 shooting.. The Magic were led by Seth Curry‘s 15 points off the bench. Kadeem Batts was the only other Orlando player in double figures with 10 points.
Aaron Gordon tallied 7 points and 8 rebounds on 3-of-10 shooting. Elfrid Payton poured in 8 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds and 7 turnovers. Payton has definitely appeared much sharper than Aaron as the week has progressed. Devyn Marble may have shot 0-for-6 from the field, but grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 2 assists. Orlando shot 37.3 FG% while Boston managed 32.4%. The Magic won the rebound battle 46-32.
- Victor Oladipo and Dewayne Dedmon did not suit up for the Magic, while Romero Osby did after resting his right shoulder on Tuesday. Kelly Olynyk didn’t dress for Boston.
- The Magic started Kadeem Batts, Romero Osby, Aaron Gordon, Kim English, and Elfrid Payton.
- All eyes were on the Elfrid Payton and Marcus Smart considering Smart was in consideration for the Magic’s #4 draft selection.
- Orlando’s ball movement looked good early as Elfrid connected with Aaron Gordon for an alley oop lay-up to open the contest, but Boston quickly turned up the pressure and the Magic so their spacing issues continue from Tuesday.
- The seriousness of every quarter was evident as Wes Unseld Jr. called a timeout with the Magic down 1 with 1.2 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Celtics took the crucial first period 15-14 despite Boston only shooting 33.3 FG%.
- Early in the second quarter, Aaron got a rebound and went coast-to-coast and drilled a runner off the glass. He’s going to come up with numerous athletic sequences like that in the coming years.
- Seth Curry was getting point guard and shooting guard minutes and he was knocking down some deep jumpers in the 2nd period. Curry led all scorers with 11 points at the break.
- Orlando won the second quarter and enjoyed a 32-29 lead at halftime. Osby added 6 points while Aaron Gordon was definitely playing better than on Tuesday. Gordon had 4 points and 5 boards. Elfrid didn’t attempt a shot but had 4 assists and 5 boards. Devyn Marble went 0-for-4, but he contributed 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Boston shot only 25.7 FG% and were out-rebounded by the Magic 30-13. Orlando had 13 offensive rebounds.
- The Magic pushed the lead to double digits thanks to two masterful drives by Elfrid that led to a runner and a lay-up. Payton was abusing Phil Pressey and getting to his spots on the court whenever. Just phenomenal quickness and vision.
- Celtics went on a 12-0 run in the middle of the third period to cut Orlando’s lead to just 1 point as the Celtics were able to get out in transition.
- Orlando was able to stabilize with the help of Elfrid, Cam Jones, and Vernon Macklin being the Magic’s best center option.
- The Magic lost the 3rd quarter but still led Boston 50-49 entering the 4th quarter.
- The 4th quarter didn’t get much better as Orlando struggled to find their offense as Boston eeked out the victory behind Marcus Smart waking up when it mattered most.
As far as the standings go, the Magic have 16 points total after four games, and will play in the 5th-6th place contest on Championship Day early Friday morning.
While the Orlando Summer League approaches its conclusion at the Amway Center practice court, the Magic’s parquet floor is going through an offseason regiment of its own. FOX Sports Florida’s Paul Kennedy tweeted out some very nice photos of the main court – with the basketball stands and courtside seats and tables have been removed – being revitalized for the upcoming 2014-2015 campaign. You can see a very new shiny coat of paint has been applied.
— Paul Kennedy (@PaulKennedyFOX) July 10, 2014
— Paul Kennedy (@PaulKennedyFOX) July 10, 2014
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel is reporting some decent news for Orlando Magic fans who believe that soon-to-be free agent signing Channing Frye is being overpaid.
Frye’s 4-year, $32 million Magic deal will include 4.5% annual salary Decreases, to help w/the cap: http://t.co/KNgNl0KWKv
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) July 10, 2014
A non-Bird free agent, such as Channing Frye, can have maximum 4.5 percent annual salary increases OR decreases.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) July 10, 2014
Based on those facts, Frye is projected to make $8,560,707 in ’14-’15. $8,175,476 in ’15-’16, $7,807,579 in ’16-’17, and $7,456,238 in the 2017-2018 campaign to complete the 4-year deal. Once Frye and Ben Gordon officially sign – that begins at 12:01 a.m. on July 10th – their contracts, then the Magic payroll for their 13 men will be at $50.1 million. That’s still $6.5 million shy of reaching the salary floor.
The 31-year-old Frye spent his last 4 seasons with the Phoenix Suns. Last season in 82 starts with the Suns, Frye averaged 11.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, and 1.2 apg at 43.2 FG%, 82.1 FT%, and 37.0 3PT% on 28.2 minutes per contest.
Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek