Former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury will purchase the Beijing franchise of a fledgling American-football arena league, the league announced on Friday, October 20. Marbury, who has starred in the Chinese Basketball Association since 2010 for several teams before settling in recent years in Beijing, has already announced that the coming season will be his last on the hardcourt. The China Arena Football League (CAFL), which bills itself as the country’s first professional American football league, said in a statement that Marbury, 40, has agreed to take ownership of the team as the first step in a next-stage career as a sports executive.
November 24, 2017 | 1:09 pm EST Update
Another big reason the Magic can be optimistic about turning the corner is the evolution of fourth-year forward Aaron Gordon, who is averaging career highs in points (17.5) and rebounds (8.1). “I think what he’s done is he’s finding a rhythm to his game, a pace to his game,” new Magic GM John Hammond said. “I think he’s just scratching the surface, too. Joe Dumars always used to say this: ‘Every offseason you should come back with one little part of your game better. Whatever it is. Just one thing.'”
The improvement comes as Gordon is poised to become a restricted free agent this summer, but Hammond sounds convinced that both Gordon and the Magic will be able to come to terms on a long-term contract keeping him in Orlando. “You look at a guy like that and say, ‘He’s one of those guys as you move forward with, that you got to have,'” Hammond said. “And we feel that way.”
Hornets PR: Injury Update: @hornets Nic Batum (ulnar nerve contusion) is OUT for tonight’s game at CLE. Jeremy Lamb will start.