After failing to sign Paul Millsap, the Orlando Magic may soon be out of options for upgrades at the power forward position.
After completing a buyout with European club FC Barcelona, Mario Hezonja is expected to play for the Orlando Magic's blue team in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League.
Pelton: Tobias Harris is a free-agent gamble
Harris' weak defense is often overlooked in favor of his age and offensive ability, and Kevin Pelton is convinced teams will have to overpay to take him out of Orlando. Top 30 statistical free agents (Insider)
Grantland: Will the Magic spend big?
The Orlando Magic are one of about 10 teams with max-level cap room this summer. They should be active in free agency while the competition for talent is thin. Zach Lowe: Eight NBA free-agency questions
Millsap loss would be 'huge' for Hawks
After Orlando offered a max 4-year, $80M offer, Paul Millsap canceled other meetings. "If he leaves Atlanta, that's huge, and it helps put Orlando back on the map," said ESPN's Chris Broussard.
Paul Millsap met with the Orlando Magic at 12:01 Wednesday morning and was offered a maximum four-year, $80 million deal, according to league sources.
The Magic extended qualifying offers to Tobias Harris and Kyle O'Quinn on Tuesday.
Tobias Harris a 'poor man's' Carmelo
Tobias Harris will get paid for his offensive promise, but he doesn't create for others or defend well. Amin Elhassan can't justify overpaying for Harris' offense. Free-agent Big Board 2.0 (Insider)
Harris Could Be In For A Big Payday
Tobias Harris' PPG will likely land him a large deal, despite his suspect defense and less-than-stellar perimeter shooting. 5-on-5: Free agency preview
Magic draft pick Mario Hezonja has completed a buyout with European club FC Barcelona and is expected to join his new team in the coming days.
Magic: Mario Hezonja (5th overall pick in 2015 draft) completes buyout with European club; G Ben Gordon waived
The Orlando Magic have decided to waive Ben Gordon, making the 10-year veteran a free agent.
The Orlando Magic selected Mario Hezonja with the No. 5 pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Hezonja play for the team this coming season and he should sign a contract soon after completing his buyout with his Spanish team FC Barcelona.
Magic finalize Hezonja buyout
The Magic announced they've finalized the buyout of Mario Hezonja's contract with FC Barcelona, clearing the way for the No. 5 pick in the draft to come to the NBA this season.
The Orlando Magic took Mario Hezonja fifth overall in Thursday's draft.
Magic: G Tyler Harvey (2nd-round pick) coming up live on SportsCenter; tune to ESPN
Magic grabbed two shooters in draft
Orlando had a need and filled it, selecting Mario Hezonja fifth overall and Tyler Harvey in the second round. Both players can shoot, with Hezonja perhaps becoming the best scorer on the team. ESPN' s Tom Haberstroh liked the picks, giving the Magic's night a thumbs-up. Draft thumbs-up or thumbs-down
Grantland's Chris Ryan and Andrew Sharp detail the strong moves made by Pat Riley and Mitch Kupchak and the excitement Mario Hezonja will bring to the Magic, but they aren't so sure about the draft plans of the Pacers, Celtics, Jazz and Wizards.
Hezonja a great consolation prize
The Magic wanted Kristaps Porzingis, but the alternative isn't bad. Mario Hezonja gives Orlando exactly the kind of scoring it needs to complement a defense-heavy roster. Adding Tyler Harvey's shooting touch in Round 2 tops off an A grade for the Magic from Chad Ford. Ford's complete draft grades (Insider)
Chad Ford ranks Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein the No. 8 overall prospect on his final Big Board, but Ford writes that Cauley-Stein could be drafted as early as No.
History not on Knicks, Magic's side
Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol are the only European lottery picks to become All-Stars. Since Dirk was drafted in 1998, 21% of lotto picks from American colleges have been All-Stars while European lottery picks have turned into All-Stars about half as often (11%).
The 2015 NBA draft is over. Who deserves high marks for their picks? After 60 selections Thursday night, Chad Ford hands out his grades for every squad.
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