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Jameer Nelson’s Lasting Impact In Orlando

2014 July 1
by Spenser Strode

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‘ALL EYES ON ME’

Body art is one of the boldest mediums for self-expression. Jameer Nelson’s sculpted arms are covered with meaningful tattoos. But the one that arcs across his back in capital letters may be the surest way to capture his mindset, spirit, and his lasting impact with the Orlando Magic.

Jameer Nelson’s tremendous collegiate career at St. Joseph’s was capped by a senior season in which he led the Hawks to a 30-2 record and claimed the Wooden Award, Naismith Award, Bob Cousy Award, Rupp Trophy and Oscar Robertson Trophy. There was something undeniable about the way Jameer could impact a game and will his team to victory, yet NBA teams are generally wary of drafting an undersized point guard when measuring without shoes, standing reaches and gargantuan wingspans tend to rule the day.

The Magic saw the intangible traits Nelson possessed and pounced, by trading a future 1st round selection (Julius Hodge) to obtain Nelson from the Denver Nuggets who drafted him 20th overall in the 2004 NBA draft.

Orlando struck gold, acquiring a franchise cornerstone that while generously listed at 6-feet, has a heart and magnitude of determination that could never properly be quantified.

It was never easy, Jameer had to beat out the talented but mercurial Steve Francis to win his starting spot. Soon, Carlos Arroyo and later Rafer Alston would challenge his position, but Nelson always found a way to win out. Often, it wasn’t pretty, as he suffered nearly every injury imaginable from concussions to foot sprains. The great Keanu Reeves, as Conor O’Neill, may have put it best when he said in the unheralded film Hard Ball, “What I’ve learned from you is that really one of the most important things in life is showing up. I’m blown away by your ability to show up through everything that’s gone on.” Look at every single top Magic moment from the last 10 seasons, and Nelson is guaranteed to be in the picture. Jameer showed up. He came to work day after day, when he was tired, sick, grieving, injured. Even when every single teammate that he had ever played with prior to the 2012 season had gone their separate ways, Nelson showed up.

His loyalty and his will propelled him into fan’s hearts as well as the team’s record books. Nelson leaves as the all-time leader in assists (3,501), second all-time in games played (651), third in 3-points made (874) and fourth in total points (8, 184).

You can choose to remember Jameer for any one of his many great on-court exploits (2009 All-Star campaign, 2010 Playoff explosion, Clutch Game-Winners), but I will remember him for being a consummate professional. As a man who earns and keeps the respect of everyone with whom he comes in contact. Nelson could not have done anymore for the Orlando Magic organization. Now it’s time for Nelson to show up in a new place, with a new team, but his legacy will always be present in Orlando.

 

Spenser Strode is a basketball connoisseur and a contributing member to MBO.

 

Magic Roster for Orlando Summer League Officially Revealed

2014 July 1
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Orlando Summer League begins this Saturday and it runs from July 5th through the 11th. We knew the teams playing, the schedule, the rules, the points system. Today, we finally know what the Magic’s roster looks like. Last year the Magic had 15 guys on their squad. This time we have a list of 19 players that include Victor Oladipo, Dewayne Dedmon, and the 3 Magic Draft picks from last week. There are some familiar invite names that include undrafted free agents, D-Leaguers, and guys playing overseas.

 

2014 ORLANDO MAGIC SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER

(as of July 1, 2014 – SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

          NAME                                    POS        HT           WT          BIRTHDATE         LAST TEAM

20     Kadeem Batts                         F             6-9          245            07/06/91                  Providence

15      Matt Bouldin                          G             6-5          224            01/07/88                  Fort Wayne NBDL

30      Seth Curry                          G             6-2          185             08/23/90                  Santa Cruz NBDL

3         Dewayne Dedmon               C             7-0          255            08/12/89                   Orlando Magic

40      Asauhn Dixon-Tatum        C             7-0          230            02/01/91                   Auburn

23       Kim English                     G             6-6          200            09/24/88          Chorale Roanne/France

00      Aaron Gordon                      F              6-9          220            09/16/95                    Arizona

11        Luke Hancock                      F              6-6          200            01/30/90                   Louisville

19        Cameron Jones                   G              6-4          185             05/04/89                   Santa Cruz NBDL

32       Vernon Macklin            F              6-10        227             09/26/86                   Liaoning/China

7          Josh Magette                        G             6-1          160              11/28/89                    Los Angeles NBDL

8          Deyvn Marble                     G/F          6-6          200             09/01/92                   Iowa

5          Victor Oladipo                      G             6-4          215              05/04/92                   Orlando Magic

24        Romero Osby                       F              6-8          240              05/07/90                  Maine NBDL

4           Elfrid Payton                         G             6-4          190              02/22/94                Louisiana-Lafayette

13        Kendrick Perry                     G             6-0          180              12/23/92                    Youngstown State

22       Augustine Rubit                   F              6-7          220              08/14/89                    South Alabama

16         Scott Suggs                            G             6-6          195               11/10/89                     Erie NBDL

17        Darrius Williams                  G             6-3          215                                                     Morehouse College

 

 

Your eyes do not deceive you, there are potentially 11 guards on the roster. For whatever reason, Darrius Williams’ date of birth isn’t listed. As a reminder, the Orlando Summer League is closed to the public since it takes place inside Amway Center’s practice court. All games can be watched on NBA TV.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

MBO Roundtable: Jameer Nelson’s Orlando Exit

2014 July 1
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Jameer Nelson‘s departure from the Orlando Magic is kind of an important topic in the City Beautiful, so members of the ‘MBO’ crew quickly assembled to break down the departure of one of the more beloved Magic members in the franchise’s history. Involved in the discussion are Brian Serra, Andrew Melnick, Adam Papageorgiou, Preston Raulerson, and new MBO contributor Spenser Strode. Mentioned in the discussion: ‘Mount Rushmore’, Jameer’s best moments, the 2009 NBA Finals, and more. Let’s dive in.

Was is time for Jameer to go? How might have you handled the situation differently considering Nelson may have possibly been dealt over the past 2 years?

 

Andrew Melnick:  The Magic would have liked to have received an asset and almost assuredly tried, but just couldn’t. I think it was good for Victor Oladipo to play with a professional like that for a year. The Magic gave up a lot to draft Elfrid Payton so they need to officially make Oladipo and Payton their starting back court, meaning it was time for Nelson to go. 

Brian Serra: The answer here is that it’s 3-4 years past the point where Jameer needed to go. Unfortunately, at that time there wasn’t an opportunity to upgrade – or if there was, the GM in charge didn’t have the wherewithal to upgrade the position.

Preston Raulerson:  It was definitely time for Jameer to go, and I am okay with how they handled it. It was a consideration ever since he signed that last contract – I think we all knew that it was going to end in either a trade or waive this year. I am glad that we went out the right way instead of dangling him all through free agency, and the tributes on the website and the side of Amway were classy.

Spenser Strode: From a fan perspective, it’s a tough pill to swallow when you feel that a player’s loyalty to a team is not matched by that team’s loyalty to the player. But, the time is right for the Magic to move forward and fully commit to the youth movement in the backcourt by clearing a spot for its #10 overall draft pick Elfrid Payton. In the end, this move is mutually beneficial for both the Magic and Jameer moving forward as he has a chance to pick his own destination and play meaningful basketball again.

Adam Papageorgiou: If Rob Hennigan would have received an ideal trade offer for Jameer last summer or this past trade deadline, he would have pulled the trigger. It ended up working out really well for Oladipo who learned a lot about the point guard position from ‘Meer. These past two years were really rough on Jameer. You could see it in his lack of defending. These past few years for Jameer have been mostly about moving up the franchise’s statistical records lists. You can’t compete with a 5′ 10″ starting point guard who is 32 years old. Nelson will benefit from a change of scenery just as much as the Magic will benefit from clearing extra cap space and handing the ball handling reins to the youth.

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Shaun Livingston Possible Magic Free Agent Target

2014 July 1
by Adam Papageorgiou

Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics

The free agency rumor mill continues as ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that the Orlando Magic appear to be one of point guard Shaun Livingston‘s suitors:

 

 

With Jameer Nelson being waived and Ronnie Price possibly following him out the door, Orlando needs a veteran point guard to help groom the young guards such as Elfrid Payton. Livingston was selected as the 4th overall pick by the Clippers a decade ago in the 2004 Draft. Like Payton, Shaun was known for his loud hair style.

The lanky 6′ 7″ man from Peoria High School was once touted to be the next Magic Johnson before having a catastrophic knee injury in 2007. The road to recovery was lengthy for Livingston. The soon-to-be 29-year-old has had a bit of a resurgence in Brooklyn. Shaun was signed last season with the Nets at just under $1.3 million.

Livingston in ’13-’14 played in 76 games – the most for Shaun in a season in his career – starting in 54 of them. Shaun averaged 8.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, and 3.2 apg on 26 minutes per contest at 48.3 FG% and 82.7 FT%. His outstanding court vision and basketball IQ are huge reasons why the Nets were able to turn their awful start to their campaign into a 44-38 record. Livingston is an intriguing potential mentor figure.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

Magic Show Interest in Trevor Booker

2014 July 1
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The free agency period is underway and Trevor Booker has been connected to quite a few teams as reported by Michael Lee of the Washington Post. The Orlando Magic are apparently one of those franchises interested in Booker:

Last season, the now unrestricted free agent made $2.35 million. The 26-year-old played in 72 regular season games for the Washington Wizards in ’13-’14, starting in 45 of those contests. In 21.6 minutes per outing, Booker averaged 6.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, and 0.9 apg on 55.1 FG% and 61.8 FT%.

The 6’7″ 240-pounder had a respectable first round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls in April. Booker averaged 5.6 ppg and 6.6 rpg in that 5-game series win over Chicago. For whatever reason, Trevor didn’t see much of the court in the Wizards’ second round series with the Indiana Pacers. The Wizards lost the series in 6 games. It was the Clemson Tiger’s first postseason action.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

Orlando Magic interested in Greg Monroe

2014 June 30
by Andrew Melnick

Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

Orlando Magic fans haven’t been happy with some of the most recent Magic moves because they simply aren’t adding enough talent.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Magic are interested in Greg Monroe.

It would likely take four years and $60 million to get Monroe to simply sign an offer sheet with the Magic. Because he is a restricted free agent, new Pistons’ head coach and president Stan Van Gundy and his squad could simply match the offer.

Last season, Monroe averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 49.7% from the field and 65.7% from the free throw line.

Magic Claim Willie Green off Waivers

2014 June 30
by Adam Papageorgiou

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After waiving Jameer Nelson and completely erasing the last trace of the Otis Smith-Stan Van Gundy era in less than 2 years, Orlando Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan has claimed former Los Angeles Clipper Willie Green off the waiver wire as first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

 

 

Willie Green is in the final year of his contract that he originally signed with the Atlanta Hawks following the 2011 Lockout. Green is set to make $1,448,490 during the ’14-’15 campaign. The soon-to-be 33-year-old Green will be entering his 12th season in the NBA. The 6’4″ wing player out of Detroit, Michigan will provide some much needed experience in the Orlando locker room. Willie has been in the playoffs 7 times in his career, including the last four consecutive postseasons.

Green’s career averages in 679 regular season games are 8.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg, and 1.4 apg, on 42.8 FG% and 34.6 3PT%. Last season with the Clippers, Willie tallied averages of  5.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg, and 0.9 apg on 37.6 FG% and 33.9 3PT% at just under 16 minutes per contest in 55 games played (9 of which he started). Green was waived by the Clippers on June 29th.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

Orlando Magic Waive Jameer Nelson

2014 June 30
by Adam Papageorgiou

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After a decade of service to the franchise that acquired him in the 2004 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic have decided to waive point guard Jameer Nelson as first reported by the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins and then confirmed by Orlando Magic officials.

 

 

The team has released an official statement with a quote from Magic GM Rob Hennigan:

“Jameer (Nelson) is the ultimate professional,” said Hennigan.  “We truly thank him for his contributions to the organization, both on the court and in the community, during the last decade.  He will always be a member of the Magic family.”

 

Jameer Nelson also had some departing words:

“I appreciate the opportunity the Orlando Magic has afforded me and my family over the past ten years,” said Nelson.  “I’d like to thank the DeVos family, team management, and all the coaches that have provided me guidance, mentoring, and the ability to play the game that I love in the town that I love.”

“I’d also like to give sincere and special thanks to the great Magic fans.  You have loyally supported me since my first day in Orlando and have always been there for me and my family.  You made it easy for us to adopt Orlando as our second home and we will miss you.”

“All good things must come to an end, however, and it’s time to move on.  I look forward to continuing my career as an NBA player and will never take for granted my time in Orlando.”

 

Jameer was due to make $8 million for the ’14-’15 season. With the Magic waiving the 32-year-old before July 15th, Orlando only owes Nelson $2 million. Nelson will be an unrestricted free agent beginning tomorrow (July 1st) and it’s evident he won’t be re-signing with the Magic any time soon as Jameer will seek to join a playoff contending team.

Nelson was originally drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the ’04 Draft with the 20th overall pick before Orlando acquired him via trade. All 651 games – starting 556 of them – that Nelson played were in a Magic jersey, that’s 2nd all-time behind only Nick Anderson‘s 692 contests in the franchise record books. Jameer also ranks 1st all-time in assists (3,501),  fourth in field goals made (3,109), third in 3-pointers made (874), fourth in points (8,184), fifth in steals (619), and sixth in defensive rebounds (1,705). Nelson has his name forever imprinted in Magic history.

Jameer’s career averages were 12.6 ppg, 5.4 apg, and 3.1 rpg on 44.2 FG%, 81.7 FT%, and 37.4 3PT%. Nelson was named an All-Star in the 2008-2009 season and took part in the Magic’s 2009 NBA Finals appearance. In 44 career playoff games, Jameer averaged 15.0 ppg, 4.6 apg, and 3.5 rpg. Orlando is losing a fan favorite in this process of becoming a championship contender again. The Magic website has dedicated a thank you page for Jameer.

 

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

Magic Expected to Waive or Trade Jason Maxiell

2014 June 30
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Yahoo Sports’ Marc Spears is reporting that the Orlando Magic are looking to unload big man Jason Maxiell. Barring a surprise trade, Orlando will most likely waive Maxiell by July 10th. GM Rob Hennigan continues to clear cap and roster space.

 

 


Maxiell was signed as a free agent last July to mostly mentor Orlando’s younger big men. He’s due to make $2.5 million in 2014-2015 and must be off Orlando’s roster by July 10th, otherwise those funds are guaranteed. The 31-year-old played in 34 games this past season, starting in 13 of those contests. Jason averaged 3.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg on 44.8 FG%. Those statistics are the worst seen from the 6’7″ 260-pounder since he was a rookie with the Detroit Pistons in ’05-’06.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

Magic Waive Doron Lamb, E’Twaun Moore Becomes Unrestricted Free Agent

2014 June 30
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The NBA free agency period officially begins tomorrow, Orlando Summer League begins Saturday, and the Magic have decided to waive guard Doron Lamb while also choosing not to utilize a $1.15 million qualifying offer to retain E’Twaun Moore. Moore is now an unrestricted free agent.

 

 

Lamb was set to make $915,243 in the ’14-’15 season. However, his contract was completely unguaranteed if waived by July 1st. Lamb will be owed nothing now. The 22-year-old was acquired from Milwaukee in February 2013 in the Tobias Harris-J.J. Redick trade. Lamb was originally expected to participate for the Magic at Orlando Summer League. In 77 total games with Orlando, Doron averaged 3.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg, and 0.7 apg on 39.5 FG% and 41.4 3PT%.

Also reported by the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins, the Magic decided to pass up on retaining the rights to combo guard E’Twaun Moore. The 25-year-old was signed by the Magic in September 2012. In 154 games played with Orlando, Moore averaged 7.1 ppg, 2.1 apg, and 2.0 rpg on 41.0 FG% and 34.6 3PT%.

The Draft additions of Elfrid Payton and Roy Devyn Marble clearly played a large role in the decisions to let Lamb and Moore go, as are the expected large number of guards that will be on the Magic’s Summer League roster.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

Orlando Magic are STILL paying Gilbert Arenas

2014 June 28
by Brian Serra

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Gilbert “Hibachi-Agent Zero” Arenas is the gift that keeps on giving. The player acquired in the famous “untradeable for untradeable” trade in the Year of Our Lord 2010, played a total of 46 games for Orlando before being waived via the amnesty provision in 2011. At the time he was waived, Arenas had 3 years and just over $60M in salary owed to him.

Part of the “Amnesty Provision” is that even thought the player was waived, he is still due his entire contracted salary. If the original contract had stood, Gilbert would have still counted against Orlando’s salary cap  for the final time at $20M+ in 2013-2014 season. It was thought, that the era had officially ended. BUT NO! read more…

2014 Magic Draft Pick Introductory Press Conference

2014 June 27

2014 Magic Picks

The Orlando Magic introduced their 2014 NBA Draft selections to the media today. If Magic fans had any concerns about these new players going into the press conference, their minds can be put at ease following it. #4 Elfrid Payton, #00 Aaron Gordon, and even #8 Roy Devyn Marble showed their determination to succeed in the Association. It was a light-hearted and encouraging event for all to witness. Even current Magic guard Victor Oladipo had fun with the final question. The press conference is broken up into 3 parts. Get excited, Orlando.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.