Penny Hardaway remaining at Memphis

From Joseph Zucker of B/R: Anfernee Hardaway will be remaining at Memphis and will not take the Orlando Magic’s vacant head-coaching position, according to multiple reports. Hardaway would have represented a connection to the Magic’s golden era. Orlando reached the 1995 NBA Finals and appeared to be a budding dynasty until Shaquille O’Neal left for the Los Angeles Lakers ahead of the 1996-97 season. Following a lengthy playing career, the 49-year-old went into coaching and climbed up the ladder to return to his alma mater, Memphis, in 2018. The Tigers have gone…

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Devin Cannady taken off court on stretcher after lower leg injury

In the first quarter of their game against the Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic guard Devin Cannady landed awkwardly and appeared to severely injure his lower leg. We will not show video or images of the injury, as we have class and respect for the young brother. The Magic said that Cannady, an undrafted rookie from Princeton, suffered an open fracture of his right ankle and he will undergo surgery. Cannady has had an off-and-on again relationship with the Magic this season; he was signed as a free agent on November…

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Bulls acquire Nikola Vucevic in blockbuster deal

From Tim Daniels of B/R: The Orlando Magic reportedly completed a blockbuster trade to send All-Star center Nikola Vucevic to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for center Wendell Carter Jr. and two first-round draft picks. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the full details of the deal, which also includes Otto Porter Jr. and Al-Farouq Aminu, ahead of Thursday’s 2021 NBA trade deadline: Vucevic is enjoying one of the best statistical seasons of his 10-year NBA career. He averaged 24.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.7 threes in 44 games for Orlando before the trade. He shot 48 percent from the field, including…

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Aaron Gordon has requested to be moved

From Bob Goldberg of B/R: Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon has reportedly asked the team for a trade, according to Jared Weiss and Sam Amick of The Athletic. The Magic are reportedly asking for multiple first-round picks or a pick along with a good young player in exchange for Gordon. The Boston Celtics have “engaged” with the Magic about a possible deal, per Weiss and Amick, but there is a long list of potential suitors ahead of Thursday’s deadline. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers are all…

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Evan Fournier will be out against the Thunder on Saturday night

According to Josh Robbins of The Athletic, Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier will miss the team’s Saturday night game against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to back spasms. LLC Through five games, Fournier is averaging 14.8 points, 2.0 assists and 1.6 rebounds.

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Magic shock Bucks in Game 1, 122-110

from Michael Kaskey-Blomain of cbssports.com: The Orlando Magic pulled off the biggest upset of the NBA postseason so far, as they defeated the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks 122-110 in Game 1 on Tuesday afternoon. Nikola Vucevic led the way for Orlando with 35 points and 13 rebounds, but he also had plenty of help. Terrence Ross scored 18 points off of the bench, while Markelle Fultz and Gary Clark both added 15 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the Bucks with 31 points and 17 rebounds, but ultimately his production…

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Orlando Magic to lay off 31 employees

Friday was the last day of work for 31 Orlando magic employees who unfortunately were laid off. The amount of the layoffs represents 10% percent of the overall staff and took place due to a “dramatic loss of revenue” caused by the COVID-19, according to reporting from The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Josh Robbins. Magic CEO Alex Martins confirmed the layoffs in a statement: “Our business, as well as many others like us, are significantly impacted due to COVID-19. We have had to make some very difficult business decisions in…

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