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April 3, 2015 Updates
April 2, 2015 Updates

The Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic are the only NBA teams currently employing an interim coach, but sources say both of those clubs plan to have Donovan on their list of targets once they began more expansive coaching searches after completing their respective regular-season schedules in April. Donovan is also likely to be pursued by teams that make changes after the regular season or playoffs. ESPN.com

Oladipo draws the most curiosity among league insiders. People feel more certain that they understand what Payton is and will be: a crafty point guard who can’t shoot. Players improve, of course, and the Magic have a killer shooting coach in Dave Love, who will help Payton. The precedent of Jason Kidd exists. But most guys who enter the league as poor shooters usually top out at tolerable, and Payton will likely always be a pass-first dynamo with an unreliable jumper. Grantland

Among league insiders, the Orlando Magic are drawing a lot of comparisons to the Utah Jazz. Both are unglamorous teams in the middle of multiyear rebuilds, centered around piles of draft picks and young players that haven’t yet yielded a foundational superstar. The Jazz, however, got a head start by leveraging the desperation of the New York teams and snagging picks that became Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors, both borderline All-Stars now. Then, in 2013, Utah nailed the draft by nabbing “the Stifle Tower,” Rudy Gobert, at no. 27. Grantland

March 31, 2015 Updates

``I think about him every time I step on that floor,’’ Borrego said candidly of Popovich’s influence. ``And I constantly refer to him, think back to him and wonder what he would do – while still trying to be my own coach. I have to find my own way through that, but I do often think about him.’’ In his nearly eight weeks on the job as the Magic’s interim coach since taking over for the fired Jacque Vaughn on Feb. 5, Borrego has faced off against former coaching colleagues in Monty Williams (New Orleans), Brett Brown (Philadelphia) and Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta). While those meetings were certainly packed with emotion for Borrego, this is entirely different. This is the pupil against the master; the former intern against the living legend; interim against incomparable. NBA.com

``I was so fortunate to even get a few minutes with him my first year, and he didn’t even know my name,’’ said Borrego, who quickly became known as `J.B.’ to Popovich. ``But as the year went along, we spent more time in the film room together, just Pop and I one-on-one watching film. I would say nothing. He would watch. And slowly but surely, he’d begin to ask me questions. We’d talk basketball. Our relationship just continued to grow. He put me in great positions to grow as a coach, as a basketball individual.’’ NBA.com

March 29, 2015 Updates

The Orlando Magic soon will seek to extend general manager Rob Hennigan's contract beyond the 2015-16 season, an industry source with knowledge of the team's plans told the Orlando Sentinel. The DeVos family and CEO Alex Martins are pleased with the job Hennigan has done since Hennigan was hired in June 2012. Martins, who would not comment for this article, likes to maintain continuity in key leadership positions. Martins also believes it's dangerous to have a key executive work in the final season of a contract because uncertainty about job status can prompt an executive to make risky decisions for short-term gains. When the team originally hired Hennigan, it signed him to a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth year. Last May, the team exercised its option for the 2015-16 season. Orlando Sentinel

Extension talks between the Magic and Hennigan or Hennigan's agent likely will occur after this season ends on April 15. Hennigan, who would not comment for this piece, is believed to want to remain with the team for the long term. Orlando Sentinel

First, the franchise must settle on a new head coach. Although team officials have been impressed with Borrego, it seems most likely that the team will seek to hire a more experienced coach with a proven track record. The coaching search likely will be a methodical search that could last two or three months. Orlando Sentinel

March 28, 2015 Updates

Van Gundy steered the club to one NBA Finals appearance in 2009 before being fired after the 2011-12 season. And that begs the question: Will the Magic, in time, ever put Van Gundy in their hall of fame? "There is no chance — absolutely no chance," Van Gundy laughed. "Not the way things went down at the end. I guess if there's a whole different group of people here — possibly. But not with the current group. That ain't happening." Orlando Sentinel

March 27, 2015 Updates

What if, after spending the first four seasons of his NBA career with the Orlando Magic, he hadn't signed a free-agent deal to join the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996? "Knowing what I know now, I would've stayed," O'Neal said. "I would've stayed and fulfilled my seven years and then looked at it differently after my seventh year." Orlando Sentinel

O'Neal was 24 years old when he spurned the Magic in favor of the Lakers. "It was all business," O'Neal said. "Do I regret it? I never fully answered. I regret it sometimes. This is where I started, where I should've stayed. I actually wish that they [had] made it a law that whoever drafted you, you've got to stay there your whole career. No trades. No nothing. No free agency. No anything like that. Do I regret it? I regret it only because the DeVos family, they deserve a couple [of NBA titles]." Orlando Sentinel

March 26, 2015 Updates

When he showcased his athleticism and creativity in the slam dunk contest last month at NBA All-Star Weekend, Victor Oladipo was doing much more than entertaining fans. He was on a mission to save lives. Oladipo decided before the dunk competition took place that he would donate a portion of his prize money to fight cancer. And since finishing runner-up in the contest, the second-year Orlando Magic guard has done just that. On Thursday, Oladipo donated $15,000 to the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute to combat breast cancer. Prior to this contribution, he had presented checks to Indiana University’s Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center and the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. NBA.com

Will the Magic pay Tobias Harris? That is the magic question. Harris has posted a solid season since the Magic tabled extension talks in October. Harris is believed to be obtainable in free agency even though the Magic plan to issue a qualifying offer and restrict his free agency. There have been a number of teams linked to Harris including the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and even Atlanta Hawks. Basketball Insiders

The Magic have the means to match anything offered to Harris in free agency. Given where the salary cap is headed, the Magic have to spend money and pretty soon they may have a hard time reaching the salary floor given where they are at in guaranteed money. The belief is that the Magic would match almost anything under $13 million a season, the question is will Harris get an offer sheet worth more than that number in July and will the Magic budge off their price range? Basketball Insiders

March 24, 2015 Updates

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN MAGIC HISTORY

Two dominant big men and a couple of flashy perimeter players top the Magic's list.

   

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