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Locked On Magic 07.20.18: What the Orlando Magic didn't do

The Orlando Magic were very patient and quiet throughout free agency. Their only major free agent acquisition was a trade to acquire Jerian Grant. That leaves a lot of holes on the team still left to be filled. And no clear way to do it. What is clear is the Magic are putting their focus on something beyond the 2019 season. And what happens this year might be another time to evaluate and wait for the right players to come along. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked On Magic 07.19.18: Jonathan Isaac's summer school

Jonathan Isaac was an important player for the Orlando Magic at Summer League. The second-year player looked more poised and stronger on the ball, showing tremendous offensive growth even if the efficiency was not there yet. He also continued to show his defensive mastery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked On Magic 07.18.18: Searching for identity in a familiar, but different way

The Orlando Magic have sought to find an established identity and style of play for six years. They are still looking. But Summer League began to show what they could be if everyone commits on the defensive end. Especially with how their key players performed. This still feels like something similar that failed. Two years ago, the Magic made a lot of the same promises and failed to deliver. This time, they hope to do something different. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Locked On Magic 07.17.18: Summer League Takeaways

It is time to put a bow on Summer League. What did we learn about Jonathan Isaac, Mohamed Bamba and the Orlando Magic? Even in five meaningless games, plenty. The team showed off a strong defensive identity and the potential of its length. They also showed just how much work they have to do offensively and the work to do the rest of the summer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked On Magic 07.16.18: Summer League Review with Preston Ellis & Oleh Kosel of The Bird Calls

The Orlando Magic's Summer League run came to a close Friday. To get a better picture of how the team did and what we can take away from these games, I chatted with Preston Ellis and Oleh Kosel of The Bird Calls to discuss what they saw on the ground in Las Vegas. They talked about the shortcomings of the Magic's rosters, the problem areas they could see with Jonathan Isaac and Mohamed Bamba and just how good those two really were. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Locked On Magic 07.13.18: Waiting on the G-League

The Orlando Magic sat out Jonathan Isaac and Mohamed Bamba for the latest Summer League game. it gave a big opportunity to several of the Magic's fringe roster players and G-Leaguers to show their stuff. It was hard to draw much information from what we saw as the team continued to struggle offensively. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked On Magic 07.12.18: Aaron Gordon and avoiding restricted free agency

The Orlando Magic took care of Aaron Gordon quickly, signing him to a four-year, $76-million deal on the first day of free agency. It was a deal that ended up being extremely team friendly and sets the team up well for the future, while protecting them if Gordon does not continue his progression. It is very different from what has happened for other players on the restricted free agent market. It seems finishing up the deal quickly saved the Magic a lot of headaches and a lot of...


Locked On Magic 07.11.18: The end of free agency... for now

Jeff Weltman told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel the Orlando Magic are likely done with free agency for now. Not that they had very much they could do to begin with. But the roster they have now, appears to be the roster they will head to training camp with. There are still holes and still a lot of questions left to be answered. What it does appear like is the Magic will rebuild once again and are being patient. They may not strike unless the opportunity arises. And none appear in the...


Locked On Magic 07.10.18: Summer League Review

The Orlando Magic completed preliminary round play in the NBA Summer League with a loss to the Phoenix Suns. The offense struggled mightily but the defense continued to show tons of flashes. As we transition to the tournament phase of the festivities, I break down what the major takeaways have been from Summer League so far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked On Magic 07.09.18: Summer League & A Trade

The Orlando Magic wanted to see just what kind of devastating effect Mohamed Bamba and Jonathan Isaac could have. They are seeing that clearly in their first two Summer League games as both have unleashed a devastating defensive attack. Orlando is looking like a team with an identity it can try in the regular season. That will come without Bismack Biyombo. The team traded away Bismack Biyombo for Jerian Grant and Timofey Mozgov in a three-team deal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Locked On Magic 07.06.18: Jonathan Isaac's time

The Orlando Magic have seen a few false starts from Jonathan Isaac -- even dating to last year's Summer League. This year's Summer League will give Isaac a chance to start up again and prove he is ready to take on a larger role for the Magic this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked On Magic 07.05.18: Isaiah Thomas in the crosshairs

The Orlando Magic are not yet done in free agency. They have their mid-level exception to spend and not many places to put it. They appear to have found one. Perhaps they will solve their point guard problem with Isaiah Thomas. They reportedly are talking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked On Magic 07.03.18: More Summer League than you need

NBA Summer League in Las Vegas is quickly approaching. Games will start Friday as the Orlando Magic arrive in Vegas for practices and prep beforehand. There is a lot to watch for the Magic from Jonathan Isaac and Mohamed Bamba to the coaching staff and Troy Caupain. I get you ready with what I am looking forward to once the games get going. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked On Magic 07.02.18: Aaron Gordon is back!

Aaron Gordon was the big question for the Orlando Magic this offseason. He tied up almost their entire books. That question was answered Sunday. Gordon announced he had agreed to a deal to stay with the Magic. The reported amount is four years, $84 million. A fair deal. But now the responsibility belongs to Gordon to make good on this investment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked On Magic 07.01.18: Free Agency is a thing the Magic probably aren't doing

Free agency officially opened up Sunday morning and already there are some big moves. The Orlando Magic? They stayed quiet, as expected. On this episode I reviewed the Magic's cap situation, the free agent and trade options likely ahead of them and the question you have about what comes next for the Orlando Magic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked On Magic 06.28.18: The situation as it is

Aaron Gordon sent some early indications that he would like to return to the Orlando Magic and get a contract done quickly after free agency opens Sunday morning. That would get a lot of work out of the way for the Orlando Magic. Because frankly, there is not a whole lot more they can do. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked On Magic 06.27.18: The questions remaining

The Orlando Magic are beaming about their draft. But there are still some major questions left to answer that they will find difficult to answer with their free agent resources. Prepare to temper expectations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked On Magic 06.26.18: Free agency and the point guard problem

The NBA calendar now turns to free agency and the Orlando Magic have some big decisions to make. It started with cutting Shelvin Mack to save some money. But that raised more questions about who the Orlando Magic will bring in to replace him at point guard. And then of course Aaron Gordon looms larger over everything. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked On Magic 06.25.18: Mo Bamba No. 5

The Orlando Magic surprised no one in taking Mohamed Bamba with the sixth overall pick. So what did they get in him? Obviously length and defensive ability. But everyone seems excited he could be a whole lot more. A culture setter and someone who can change the team's identity by his presence. Only time will tell if he is successful. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Orlando Magic Daily Podcast Episode 90: Draftermath -- Long Nights, Long Players, Long Podcast

Orlando Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman summed it up best: "Long night, long players." The Magic put an emphasis on length in their NBA Draft selecting Mohamed Bamba in the first round and Melvin Frazier and Justin Jackson in the second round. What do these picks mean for the Magic and how does the team move forward now? I break down the Magic's draft and what it all means with Orlando Pinstriped Post's Zach Oliver and Around the Association's Danny Thompson. Learn...