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April 18, 2014 Updates
April 17, 2014 Updates

One of the biggest decisions the Orlando Magic will have to make this offseason pertains to their starting center, Nik Vucevic. From July 10 through Oct. 31, the Magic will have the opportunity to extend Vucevic's rookie-scale contract beyond the 2014-15 season. On Thursday, Vucevic said he's interested in remaining with the franchise. "I'd love to stay in Orlando," Vucevic said. "I like it here a lot. I like the team. I like what we have going here. I like the coaches. I like everything. So I'd love to stay here, but I guess we should talk about that when the time comes." Orlando Sentinel

Team officials likely won't make a decision whether to pursue extensions with Vucevic and Harris at least until team officials see how the upcoming free agency period impacts their salary cap situation. Plus, the Magic don't need to reach extensions with Vucevic or Harris. The team can submit qualifying offers to Vucevic and Harris, and that move would make Vucevic and Harris restricted free agents following the 2014-15 season. The Magic would have the right to match any offer sheet that Vucevic or Harris might sign during the summer of 2015. Orlando Sentinel

April 16, 2014 Updates
April 15, 2014 Updates

The Orlando Magic plan to enter a single-affiliation hybrid relationship with the NBA Development League's Erie BayHawks, people familiar with news told USA TODAY Sports. They requested anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. An official announcement is not expected until late May as the parties finalize details. The Magic will run basketball ops and the ownership will handle business operations and community relations. USA Today Sports

The BayHawks had a hybrid relationship with the New York Knicks until the Knicks decided they wanted to own and run their own D-League team in nearby Westchester County, N.Y. Orlando has wanted to run a D-League team, and when the Knicks ended their relationship with Erie, the Magic began talks with BayHawks ownership. USA Today Sports

April 14, 2014 Updates

Mark Hughes: Another name that was on virtually every list was New York’s Mark Hughes. Hughes’ background is more on the coaching side too, having coached in the CBA for several years before landing with the Orlando Magic in 2002. Hughes has been a scout with Knicks for several years and currently carries the title of Director of Pro Personnel for the them. Hughes is extremely well liked and people that have worked with him say it’s simply a matter of time before he is running a NBA team. Basketball Insiders

The Orlando Magic announces their participation in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Green Week 2014, which tipped off April 3 and runs through April 10. The Orlando Magic and partners OUC – The Reliable One and Owens Facility Service join together to celebrate Green Week 2014 through various green initiatives. Magic player Tobias Harris, Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, Magic Dancers and volunteers from OUC and Owens will visit youth at Nap Ford Community School (325 N. Parramore Ave., Orlando, 32801) in the Parramore community on Tuesday, April 8 at 2 p.m. to plant fruits and vegetables and craft garden signs to enhance their garden. In addition, OUC will educate the youth on water conservation and efforts around the community to “go green.” NBA.com

April 13, 2014 Updates

The Celtics and Magic could tie for the third-worst record in the league. According to an NBA spokesman, if the teams are tied at season’s end, the NBA will split the number of lottery chances for the third-worst and fourth-worst records, which is 275. A coin flip will determine which team receives 138 chances (or lottery balls) and which gets (137). Essentially, if the Celtics and Magic are tied for the third-worst record, each team would have about the same chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick . . Boston Globe

Orlando Magic fans have kept a close eye on the Knicks' performance throughout the 2013/14 season, and for good reason: as a result of the Dwight Howard trade in August 2012, the Magic will receive a first-round Draft choice in 2014 from either the Knicks or the Denver Nuggets, whichever selection is less favorable. Around OPP, we've termed that selection the WoNK pick. In conjunction with Orlando's own first-rounder, which will likely land among the top seven, the WoNK gives the Magic another asset as they look to rebuild. Orlandoinstripedpost.com

April 12, 2014 Updates
April 11, 2014 Updates

Moore, 25, can become a free agent at the end of the season. He is effectively auditioning for another NBA contract. But he prefers to stay with the Magic. "Most definitely," Moore said. "Orlando has been good to me. It's great here. We got a lot of young guys and I feel like we've grown up together." Orlando Sentinel

April 9, 2014 Updates
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Two dominant big men and a couple of flashy perimeter players top the Magic's list.

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