HoopsHype Rich DeVos rumors

April 6, 2014 Updates

The DeVos family, which owns the Orlando Magic, has no plans or desire to sell the franchise, the team's chairman, Dan DeVos, told the Orlando Sentinel on Sunday. "As a family, the topic of selling the team has not come up," DeVos wrote in an e-mail message. "In fact, we are enjoying the team more than ever. Especially my father. We are very excited about our focus on winning a NBA championship. The family is fully engaged and active with the team. All four generations. Orlando Sentinel

"The Magic are not for sale." DeVos, a son of the Magic's 88-year-old senior chairman, Rich DeVos, made his comments in response to a question from the Sentinel about his family's plans. Orlando Sentinel

October 17, 2013 Updates

JD: You just mentioned the DeVos ownership team. How is the health of Mr. DeVos? When is the last time you have talked to him? And what is his excitement level for this season because I know he still enjoys watching as many games in Orlando as possible? Alex Martins: ``He was excited about this season the day that last season ended. I get to talk to him frequently and I just saw him up in Grand Rapids (Mich.) about three weeks ago. His health is good. He’s a little frustrated because he’s mostly confined to his wheelchair now. But his health is great as ever and he absolutely loves his team. It’s one of the highlights of his life behind his family. When I saw him last month, he said, `I can’t wait for the games to start. I’ve been looking forward to this all summer.’ He’s looking forward to seeing how all of the guys have progressed and he’s looking forward to getting back into the Amway Center again. So he’s got as much anticipation as anybody about this upcoming season.’’ NBA.com

August 3, 2013 Updates
May 1, 2013 Updates

Amaechi said the climate was not right for him to come out, especially playing for a conservative owner like Rich DeVos, whose family has donated money to the National Organization for Marriage -- a staunchly anti-gay marriage group. Orlando Sentinel

October 15, 2012 Updates

I don't know what new General Manager Rob Hennigan or CEO Alex Martins said to Big Baby and teammates, whether they threatened to evoke a curfew or trade anybody who causes a stir to Milwaukee. (The club's D-League affiliate is Sioux Falls, by the way.) Whatever – and it's taken some getting used to — but the Magic look like a totally professional organization again. The Magic and owner Rich DeVos were so embarrassed and humiliated by all the Howard-related antics that they cleaned house and maybe tented the arena for fumigation. There will be no airing of dirty — or slightly soiled — laundry. Opinions and tongues will be held in check. Requesting a trade? Fill out a form. Orlando Sentinel

October 6, 2012 Updates

Cheri DeVos VanderWeide, the daughter of Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos, has filed for divorce from Bob VanderWeide — who left his post as the team's CEO last December. In a document filed in August in Michigan's 17th Circuit Court, Cheri DeVos VanderWeide — who serves as the Magic's executive vice chairman — alleges that her husband is at fault for a breakdown in their marriage and that he vacated their primary home in Aug. 2011. In a subsequent legal filing, Bob VanderWeide denied that he is solely at fault for the marriage's problems and said it is untrue that he left the home in August 2011. They have been married since 1984. Orlando Sentinel

A picture of Rich and Helen DeVos with their children and their children's spouses appears in the Magic's 2012-13 media guide released this week. Bob VanderWeide is not in the photo. "Bob is not considered a part of the family any longer," Magic chairman Dan DeVos, a brother of Cheri DeVos VanderWeide, said in an email to the Sentinel. Orlando Sentinel

October 3, 2012 Updates
September 20, 2012 Updates
September 5, 2012 Updates

Orlando Magic owner and Amway Inc. co-founder Rich DeVos is recuperating following what was described as a mild stroke last month. Amway, the Michigan-based direct sales company, said Wednesday that the 86-year-old DeVos was taken Aug. 19 to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after having a stroke. The company says he was kept for tests and observation before being released Aug. 21. ESPN.com

June 20, 2012 Updates
June 13, 2012 Updates

Two of the finalists, Spurs executive Dennis Lindsey and Thunder executive Rob Hennigan, are scheduled to meet with members of the DeVos family in Grand Rapids, Mich., in the next couple of days, one of the sources said. The other finalist, former Hornets GM Jeff Bower, has not been scheduled to meet with owner Rich DeVos and other family members yet, but his visit is expected to follow. Orlando is expected to wrap up its GM search by late this week or possibly early-to-mid next week. CBSSports.com

June 12, 2012 Updates

Two of the finalists, Spurs executive Dennis Lindsey and Thunder executive Rob Hennigan, are scheduled to meet with members of the DeVos family in Grand Rapids, Mich., in the next couple of days, one of the sources said. The other finalist, former Hornets GM Jeff Bower, has not been scheduled to meet with owner Rich DeVos and other family members yet, but his visit is expected to follow. Orlando is expected to wrap up its GM search by late this week or possibly early-to-mid next week. CBSSports.com

June 3, 2012 Updates
May 31, 2012 Updates

Jackson is apparently headed back to the NBA in some capacity, but he pulled out here before Martins had a chance to run it by owner Rich DeVos. Martins learned of Jackson's exit Thursday, but would not comment. "Not because of this specific situation, but because I have been consistent during the search that I won't comment on specific candidates," Martins said in an e-mail. "I stand by my statement that we will put a premium on searching for Championship experience in the positions within in our search." Orlando Sentinel

May 21, 2012 Updates
April 20, 2012 Updates

There goes Dwight Howard, gone for the season, gone for the playoffs, maybe gone from Orlando forever. Back surgery took care of the first two, a procedure to repair a painful herniated disk in his lower back that will likely sideline him for the next four months, while a freshly scorched relationship with the team could take care of the third. Sources close to Howard insist he never made the reported phone call to Magic owner Rich DeVos during last Friday's loss to Atlanta declaring his intention to never play for Stan Van Gundy again, though it doesn't change the fact that he has no interest in continuing to do it. SI.com

Howard believes Van Gundy lied when he told reporters he knew Howard asked for his dismissal because, a league source familiar with the situation said, he never specifically did. There is no love lost between Howard and Van Gundy but sources close to the All-Star center said it was Orlando's front office that first approached him about canning Van Gundy in December, before the Magic's season deteriorated. SI.com

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