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WATCH: Mario Hezonja Took Multiple Flights on Monday

2015 July 6
by Adam Papageorgiou

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FLY, MARIO, FLY!!!

The Orlando Magic’s #5 overall selection proved that he can do more than shoot and pass the ball. Mario Hezonja can indeed get nasty, and back it up too. Multiple times, from multiple platforms.

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Orlando Magic ‘Blue’ Fall to Thunder on Day 3 of Summer League

2015 July 6
by Adam Papageorgiou
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AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.

The Orlando Magic ‘Blue’ team’s hopes at playing for the Summer League championship took a bit of a blow on Monday as they fell 73-65 to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Aaron Gordon led the Magic again with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals on 8-of-11 shooting. Efficient. Mario Hezonja had 14 points on 6-of-16 (2-of-9 on 3s) shooting as he was not happy with the officials that he didn’t get any free throw attempts. Still a good showing for the #5 selection as he displayed outstanding court vision.

Elfrid Payton was only 1-of-3 from the field. 4 points, 4 assists, 3 steals, 4 turnovers in 19 minutes. Elf hasn’t had a great first two days. Not awful, but not great. Other than Tyler Harvey scoring 6 points on 3-of-5 shooting, Orlando got very little production from anyone else on the roster.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Orlando ‘White’ Beat Pacers; Now 2-0 at Summer League

2015 July 6
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Don’t tell the players on the Orlando Magic ‘White’ squad that it’s unlikely they’ll get a Magic training camp invite. Erie BayHawks Head Coach Bill Petersen has these individuals working well as a unit, and winning ball games in the process.

Orlando ‘White’ utilized a 28-15 fourth quarter to turn around their deficit and claim the 85-76 victory on Monday. Chris Singleton and Keith Appling led Orlando with 17 points each. Taylor Braun adeded in 13 points while Melvin Ejim tallied 12 points and 7 rebounds. ‘White’ only shot 39.4 FG% but prevailed thanks to the 20 more free throws they attempted than Indy.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Kyle O’Quinn Lands with New York Knicks in Sign-and-Trade

2015 July 5
by Adam Papageorgiou

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According to multiple reports, the Orlando Magic have ended their 3-year relationship with Kyle O’Quinn as KOQ was involved in a sign-and-trade that now sends him to the New York Knicks on a reported 4-year, $16 million contract.

 

 

 

Cash considerations and a 2019 second round pick for the 49th overall pick in the 2012 Draft. Not much in return as it appears the Magic didn’t see the Restricted Free Agent as fitting in with next season’s roster, so they tried to get some type of assets back. Tobias Harris, Channing Frye, Aaron Gordon, Dewayne Dedmon, and even Andrew Nicholson all will be seeing PF minutes.

$4 million per season is a pretty solid deal for a Knicks team that could use a passing big man. Kyle’s racked up some outstanding assists in his career so far. Oh, and he’s a proud New York native who will love playing many contests at Madison Square Garden.

The 25-year-old only played in 51 games last season, starting 17 of them. A bad ankle injury at the start of the ’14-’15 campaign appeared to bother the 6’10”, 240-pounder all year. It truly affected his performance, on both ends of the court. In about 16 minutes per contest, KOQ averaged 5.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, and 1.2 apg on 49.2 FG% and 27.9 3PT%. The Magic tried to turn Kyle into a ‘stretch 4′, and it just didn’t work out.

Kyle’s a really cool guy with a genuine personality, and he’s a hilarious character. We wish KOQ all of the best in New York and we’re happy to see him get an awesome payday. We’ll most definitely miss that beard. Hopefully he doesn’t crush the Magic with future revenge games.

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

 

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Mario Hezonja and Magic Teammates Discuss Day 1 Overtime Win

2015 July 4

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Orlando Magic fans could not have scripted today’s finish much better than with a Mario Hezonja game-winner. The Croatian conducted his first postgame interview.

Mario Hezonja:

 

Below are interviews of Aaron Gordon, Devyn Marble, Elfrid Payton, and lead assistant Adrian Griffin.

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Hezonja Drains Game-Winner as Orlando ‘Blue’ Beats Clippers

2015 July 4
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic ‘Blue’ squad had their first Summer League action on Saturday. Most eyes were on #5 Draft pick Mario Hezonja. Hezonja would end up getting the last shot as his 3-pointer gave Orlando the 75-74 overtime victory over the L.A. Clippers. The 20-year-old Hezonja finished with 12 points and 2 steals on 3-of-8 shooting (2-for-5 on 3s). Hezonja didn’t get as many offensive touches as he wanted, but that’s because the Clippers purposely were trying to keep the Croatian away from the ball. Still, Mario played excellent defense and displayed elite passing ability.

Aaron Gordon ended up stealing much of the spotlight, and the show. Playing at small forward, the 19-year-old Gordon opened a lot of eyes with his improved offensive skills. Gordon went cold in the second half, but his first twenty minutes were outstanding. Gordon had 22 points, 18 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

Devyn Marble was solid with 14 points and 6 steals. Elfrid Payton notched 7 points and 9 assists. ‘Blue’ shot 38.0 FG% but a decent 34.4% (11-of-32) on 3-pointers.

 

Here is a full breakdown of Orlando’s ‘Blue’ team.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Orlando ‘White’ Defeats Detroit in Day 1 Summer League Action

2015 July 4
by Adam Papageorgiou

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If you have no clue who is on the Orlando Magic’s ‘White’ squad, that’s okay. Not many people do.

Here’s the ‘White’ team roster breakdown.

They took on Stan Van Gundy’s Detroit Pistons. Erie BayHawks Head Coach Bill Petersen and his staff are managing Orlando’s ‘White’ squad all week. Remember each game is 40 minutes, 10-minute quarters. A player can commit 10 personal fouls. 4 points for a win plus 1 point for every quarter your team wins, so a maximum of 8 points per game can be had.

Orlando Magic ‘White’ took down the Pistons 87-76 in the second game of Summer League Saturday. Keith Benson led Orlando with 19 points and 3 blocks. Keith Appling did a nice job at point guard with 17 points and 4 assists. Plenty of free throws for the Erie BayHawk. Melvin Ejim added 11 points and 7 rebounds, while Taylor Braun tallied 8 points and 6 rebounds.

 

Below is the full recap.

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Orlando Agrees to Signing Terms with C.J. Watson

2015 July 4
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic have agreed to terms with former Indiana Pacers point guard C.J. Watson, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. 3 years, $15 million are the reported numbers. Nothing can be officially signed until July 9th or later.

 

 

The 31-year-old Watson will be entering his 9th NBA season after spending the last two years in Indiana. The University of Tennessee product played 57 games and started 31 contests in the ’14-’15 campaign.

In about 25 minutes per contest, Watson averaged 10.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.6 apg, and 1.0 spg on 43.4 FG% and 40.0 3PT%. The great 3-point shooting is especially ideal.

The Magic now have a legitimate backup veteran point guard to help when Elfrid Payton takes a breather.

In years past, the Magic have been tied to Watson. 2010 in particular. Watson missed some games last season due to a frustrating elbow injury. Against the Magic, Watson in 3 games in the ’14-’15 campaign had games of 9 points, 11 points, and 12 points.

$5 million is very good value with how the free agency money has been flowing across the league. Orlando is still under the projected salary cap and could make another move or two via free agency or trade.

UPDATE: 7/5/2015 11:22 A.M. The 3rd year on the Watson contract is partially guaranteed per Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.  

 

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports that only $1 million of the $5 million in the ’17-’18 season is guaranteed.

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

 

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Taking a Look at Orlando’s ‘White’ Summer League Squad

2015 July 4
by Adam Papageorgiou

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We already broke down the Orlando Magic ‘Blue’ squad for Summer League. Erie Bayhawks Head Coach Bill Petersen and his assistants will be handling the Magic’s ‘White’ squad.

Let’s jump right back into it. Your 15-man Magic ‘White’ squad. Players are listed in order based on jersey number.

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Tobias Harris Stays in Orlando with New 4-Year Contract

2015 July 3
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Multiple sources are reporting that the Orlando Magic and Tobias Harris have come to a new contract agreement. Nothing can officially be signed until July 9th at the earliest due to the free agency moratorium period. Shams Charania of RealGM was the first to report on the new Harris deal, then others such as David Aldridge of TNT quickly confirmed Charania’s report.

 

 

 

A straight-up 4-year deal. $64 million as the reported figure. No options. It’s not quite a ‘maximum’ contract, so all the better for the Magic. Khris Middleton got about $14 million per season to stay with Milwaukee. The Raptors got DeMarre Carroll for about $15 million per season. Tobias at $16 million per season sounds enormous now, but it won’t be in two years with the salary cap rising a lot in that time period. Harris turns 23 years old on July 15th. Nice birthday present.

We knew Tobias was going to get paid a lot of money. It ended up working out for Harris financially that he didn’t agree to a contract extension back in October. With all of the extravagant deals being reported all across the Association, 4 years at $64 million really isn’t bad.

With the free agency pool dwindling following Orlando’s failed attempt at trying to sign Paul Millsap, Harris obviously became the team’s top priority. ‘T12′ now has the largest salary on the roster entering the ’15-’16 campaign.

In 68 games and 63 starts last season, Harris averaged 17.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, and 1.0 spg on 46.6 FG% and 36.4 3PT% in 34.8 minutes per contest.

Congrats on the new contract, Tobias. Be happy, young man. Let’s see if Orlando tries to make any other moves via free agency or by trade.

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

 

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