HoopsHype Rob Hennigan rumors

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By technicality, the Magic fulfilled four separate deals when they sent Howard to the Lakers. And ultimately, Orlando netted the $17 million-plus exception, which now allows it to acquire a “replacement player” to match salaries of one of those four trades (which actually was Howard for Nikola Vucevic). It’s very intricate to assess whether general manager Rob Hennigan will opt to utilize this massive trade exception, largely because Orlando is presently bordering the salary cap threshold and certainly wouldn’t want to run the risk of surpassing the luxury tax penalty line. However, there are two very appealing facets of this exception. First off, while a team is not permitted to use its trade exception to sign a free agent, it can splurge its “gift card” to negotiate a sign-and-trade that involves a free agent. So for instance, if Orlando was interested in acquiring any of the marquee free agents available next summer (ex. Monta Ellis, James Harden, or Al Jefferson), it can do so via a sign-and-trade even if the Magic were over the cap. NBA.com

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

September 22, 2012 Updates

Magic GM Rob Hennigan is finished overhauling the basketball operations department, including the front office, coaches and scouting department. "Yes, that's done," he said. "Twenty-three new staff members." Orlando Sentinel

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“We feel this is the best deal for us, considering the circumstances,” Hennigan said in a press conference in Orlando. “We talked to a lot of teams … there were options that we looked at and explored, there were a lot of permutations of certain things. “At the end of the day you look at what’s available in theory and what’s available in reality. Sometimes those two things aren’t always the same. We felt with all of the options we did explore, this was the best one for us.” New York Post

``A primary goal for our basketball team is to achieve long term sustainability while maintaining a long term vision. We feel this deal puts us in a position to begin building in that direction,’’ Hennigan said in a release. ``In addition to the six players joining our team, we will be in a position to maximize our salary cap flexibility in the near future, as well as utilize the multiple draft picks we have acquired going forward.’’ NBA.com

While the Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of landing Dwight Howard, the Chicago Bulls were one of several teams that kept an ongoing dialogue with the Orlando Magic in regards to landing the superstar center, according to a league source. The Bulls, who had conversations regarding a potential deal with former Orlando GM Otis Smith, continued kicking the tires regarding a potential swap with new Magic GM Rob Hennigan after he was hired in late June. ESPN.com

August 9, 2012 Updates

The Orlando Magic have signed rookie forward Kyle O’Quinn, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. NBA.com

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