Rob Hennigan Rumors
“Bismack (Biyombo) is a tremendous competitor and athlete who excels on the defensive end of the floor. He proved during the playoffs that he can rebound and protect the rim at an elite level, and he will bring toughness and winning fiber to our frontcourt. We are confident that his best basketball is ahead of him and we’re extremely excited to welcome him to the Orlando Magic family,” said Rob Hennigan.
“It’s just going to depend on what opportunities are there, who we think we can get,” general manager Rob Hennigan said. “We’ll have to be aggressive and proactive come July 1, and we will be. But a lot of it’s going to come down to opportunities that we see. Like I said all along, we’re going to be really aggressive, but we’re also going to be disciplined in how we attack free agency.”
“Serge (Ibaka) is a young veteran who brings tremendous athleticism and toughness to our frontcourt. His tireless work ethic and wealth of playoff experience will help enhance our culture and roster. We thank Victor (Oladipo) for all of his contributions both on the court and in the community. We wish him and Ersan (Ilyasova) the best of luck in the future,” said Rob Hennigan.
Rob Hennigan said the Magic had received “several” calls from teams inquiring about players on the Magic roster. “We’ve been active in our discussions, so we’ll continue to be active,” Hennigan said. “That’s our job: to be active. I would say that it’s highly likely that we’ll continue to have discussions up to the draft and during the draft. I just can’t say with any certainty if those talks will produce anything fruitful.”
The Magic own the 11th, 41st and 47th picks in the draft, and Hennigan offered few clues about his plans for those selections — if the franchise holds onto those selections. He did acknowledge, however, that he’d rather use the first-round selection on a player who can contribute as a rookie and immediately earn a spot in the Magic’s playing rotation. “I think the preference would be someone who can contribute,” Hennigan said. “But with where we’re picking, we may have to lean more toward picking the best player on the board as we try to balance those two things. But the preference would be to find someone who can help us immediately.”
“While we were conducting our search, it became very evident that Frank (Vogel) is a terrific fit for our organization,” said Hennigan. “He is a strong, hard-working and experienced leader, who will continue to instill smart, physical, unselfish and defensive-minded basketball in our group. We welcome him into the Magic family, as we move forward in a positive direction.”