Orlando Magic Rumors
In fact, if the team stumbles out of the gate and/or Ibaka isn’t contributing as advertised, the Magic would even have to consider listening to trade offers for him at the deadline. This scenario has to be in the back of Hennigan’s mind anyway, for no other reason than you don’t want Ibaka walking away without compensation. His contract situation will frame the season. The Magic absolutely have gambled on Ibaka, who can become one of the more desirable free agents this summer. The club believed Serge when he told them he was genuinely interested in re-signing with them before they acquired him on draft day.
The Magic have never been a “reactive” organization, but their patience as a franchise is not unlimited and there is a growing sense that if Orlando is not firmly in the hunt for .500 basketball and a playoff berth this year, Hennigan could be out next. There may not be a more likeable NBA executive in basketball than Hennigan, which makes talking about his potential exit a little tough. But the truth of the matter is, the Magic face a lot of pressure to get back to winning and there isn’t anyone else to put the blame on if that does not happen, especially with a projected payroll of $110 million this season and a roster without a single All-Star.
Fournier was asked if it was important to continue building with the Magic over seeking the most money possible. “Yes, definitely,” said Fournier. “I don’t want to say a pay cut. It’s still a lot of money. But I did not even look at offer sheets or consider anywhere else. Since day one I’ve said it: I feel good here. There is no reason for me to leave. The front office showed me confidence. I’m a loyal guy and this is how we do business.”
The Orlando Magic likely will select a site for their Florida-based NBA Development League affiliate within the next 30 days, Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Orlando Sentinel. Kissimmee’s Silver Spurs Arena and The Lakeland Center are the two finalists the Magic are considering. “We’re still in final discussions with both, and both have been asked to address some specific issues that we need answers for and direction on,” Martins said. “I believe that within the next 30 days we’ll have a decision made.”
Ibaka, 27, is due to earn $12.3 million during the upcoming season, and he likely will command a significant raise in free agency. “I’m not really worried about my contract year or my long-term,” Ibaka said.