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Magic take FSU’s Jonathan Isaac with first round pick

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The Orlando Magic have chosen Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac with their first-round pick in the NBA Draft. Some pundits thought Orlando would go with shooting guard Malik Monk  of Kentucky, but Isaac brings many attributes that can make him a star in the league. Isaac, a native of New York City, but a product of IMG Academy in Bradenton, was pleased to be selected by the Magic. “Man, it means everything,” he said about his opportunity to remain close…

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Sources: Magic hire Jeff Weltman to head basketball operations

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The Orlando Magic have reached for an unknown to fill the role of president of basketball operations. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Magic have agreed to hire Toronto general manager Jeff Weltman to head up the basketball operations. The person, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced, said Monday night the two sides have agreed to a deal. Weltman, who has also worked in the front offices of Milwaukee and Denver,…

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Frank Vogel to next Magic GM: “I can get along with anyone”

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A difficult year is behind the Orlando Magic. For the fifth consecutive season they failed to make the playoffs. During that span, the team had its worst five-year period ever with a record of 132-278. That cost General Manager Rob Hennigan and Assistant General Manager Scott Perry their jobs. Orlando Coach Frank Vogel can certainly relate to being fired. Just 11 months ago, he was looking for a job after being let go by the Indiana Pacers after his team…

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Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon leaving early for NBA draft

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Dwayne Bacon said he felt like he wasn’t ready to turn pro last year, which is why he took his name out of consideration for the NBA draft. This time the Florida State guard doesn’t have any doubts. The 6-foot-7 sophomore said Wednesday that he will declare for the draft, which will be held on June 22, and hire an agent. “I had a lot of doubt about me last year. This year I feel like I’m much more mature…

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Magic take risks to land Serge Ibaka

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Now that the results of the NBA draft have settled in, how does the Orlando Magic stack up? Did their trade for Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka improve the team or is his addition offset by the subtraction of outstanding talent. It depends on who you ask. General Manager Rob Hennigan was elated. Hennigan and Coach Frank Vogel believe Ibaka is the shot blocker/rim protector the Magic have long needed to make them a playoff contender. “We had a high sense…

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Magic/Heat have different draft approaches

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Just five days after the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship, the league gathers in Brooklyn for the 2016 draft. Some of the league’s 30 teams will be busier than others. The Orlando Magic have the 11th pick. While the top two or three slots are well-known, only the Magic brass know, for sure, who they are targeting. A few mock drafts have them taking Kentucky freshman Skal Labissiere. The lanky forward is a good shooter, but had a relatively…

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Present-day NBA draft has both the good and the bad

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On Thursday, the NBA held their annual player draft in Brooklyn, NY. There were no huge surprises or blockbuster trades. Far from the spectacle of the NFL draft where 7 rounds stretch over three days (thanks to ESPN), professional basketball lasts only two rounds and is completed in about 5 hours. The NBA draft is actually closer to calling players up from the minor leagues than elevating college players. While NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell mostly announces the names of college…

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