Rob Hennigan Rumors
The Orlando Magic have decided who will represent them at the NBA Draft Lottery on May 17 in Manhattan. Franchise co-founder Pat Williams will sit in the room where pingpong balls will be drawn, and general manager Rob Hennigan will sit on stage when the lottery results are revealed on TV, a Magic spokesman said.
While the Magic are hoping for another summer of growth from Aaron Gordon (20 years old), Mario Hezonja (20), Elfrid Payton (22), Victor Oladipo (23) and Fournier (23), GM Rob Hennigan and Skiles agree that the team needs to add some veteran leadership over the summer via free agency and trades. Orlando dealt its most experienced player, Channing Frye, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in February – a move designed to create more salary cap space when the free-agent courting process begins on July 1.
“We feel like we need to add experience to the team and that’s something that I’ve said throughout the season,’’ Hennigan said. “It’s something as the season played out we’ve been able to pinpoint that we do need some of that experience to stabilize us. Part of our strategy as we move into the summer is to pinpoint Plan As, Plan Bs and certain contingencies – all within the vain of trying to bring in experience to the team. We think that with the nucleus that we have, with a few veteran pieces that we’ll be well-positioned for the postseason.’’
Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja, Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton and Nik Vucevic aren’t going anywhere. The Orlando Magic will not trade any member of their young nucleus before this season’s NBA trade deadline expires on Thursday afternoon, general manager Rob Hennigan told the Orlando Sentinel tonight.