Orlando Magic Rumors
Magic: Jonathan Isaac There are no secrets this year in the lottery, but there is, like Antetokounmpo and Caboclo, another athletic forward with long arms and an underdeveloped offensive game Hammond and Weltman will have a chance at. His name is Jonathan Isaac: He projects as a multidimensional defender who can both protect the rim and lock down the perimeter. There’s little doubt Isaac will at least produce considering the state of the NBA’s value for defensive versatility.
“Like I’m the reason why (expletive) Orlando couldn’t make the playoffs for five, six years in a row?” he said. “Am I the reason that Brooklyn gave all their picks to Boston? Like, am I the reason that they’re not that good (laughs)? I can’t play for every team, so the truth of the matter is I left one team. It’s one more team that you probably would’ve thought would’ve been a contender. One more team. I couldn’t have made the (entire) East better. I couldn’t have made everybody (else) in the West better.”
The Toronto Raptors have begun their search to replace general manager Jeff Weltman, who left to run the Orlando Magic. “We will look in-house first, then figure it out from there,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri told Amico Hoops.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: As compensation for Weltman hire, Orlando will send Toronto the least favorable of the two second-round picks it controls in 2018.
“We told all the candidates that Frank Vogel’s our coach,” Alex Martins said after the formal question-and-answer session. “That was probably the only non-negotiable, and that comes directly from ownership. Ownership believes that Frank hasn’t had a chance, that he was dealt a short deck, so to speak, in terms of the overall complete roster and that he deserves a chance with the right administration and the right roster movement to be able to prove what he’s done in the past, and that is to be successful.”