Despite the Orlando Magic becoming a better and deeper squad this offseason, a playoff push in the 2014-15 campaign still seems a step too far, even in the weaker Eastern Conference. GM Rob Hennigan has done a good job of moving on from Dwight Howard, creating a manageable payroll and rebuilding the Magic with young, exciting and athletic players. Orlando has 10 players on their rookie contracts, several of whom have already established themselves as legitimate NBA players. For now, those players
On Thursday, we gave you our All-Breakout Team for the upcoming season for the Eastern Conference. Today, we bring you our Western Conference All-Breakout Team. These are the players we believe are on the verge of breaking out or standing out. We used the same parameters – five players, one at each position, but no rookies. Let’s get right to it.
PHILADELPHIA – Let’s begin with a question. In the three-plus decades since David Stern took the reins as NBA commissioner from Larry O’Brien and handed them to Adam Silver, what do these franchises – the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers – have in common? Answer: None has gone to the NBA Finals. Furthermore, among that group only Denver, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Sacramento and
No disrespect to Andrew Wiggins, who can fly like a young Tracy McGrady and defend like a future Scottie Pippen. No disrespect to Jabari Parker, who can score like Carmelo Anthony and is our pick to win Rookie of the Year next season. And nothing against Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, Aaron Gordon, or any of the other mega-prospects who will likely be lighting up the league for the next 10 years. But Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton is the coolest player in
ORLANDO MAGIC 2014-15 Offseason Additions: F Channing Frye, G Ben Gordon, G Luke Ridnour, G Evan Fournier, G Willie Green 2014 Draft Picks: F Aaron Gordon, G Elfrid Payton, G-F Devyn Marble Draft Picks Coming: 2015 second round (LA Lakers, protected 31-40); 2015 second round (Chicago); 2016 second round (Chicago); 2017 first round (LA Lakers, 1-5) Draft Picks Going: 2015 second round (to Philadelphia) Trade Exceptions: None Over/Under: Under the cap Amnesty Provision: Used on Gilbert Arenas (2011)PLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19Channing Frye $8,580,000 $8,190,000 $7,810,000 $7,420,000Glen Davis $6,600,000Victor Oladipo $4,980,000 $5,190,000 $6,550,000 $8,570,000Ben Gordon $4,500,000 $4,500,000Aaron Gordon $3,990,000 $4,170,000 $4,350,000 $5,500,000 $7,260,000Al Harrington $3,800,000Nikola Vucevic $2,750,000$11,250,000 $11,750,000 $12,250,000 $12,750,000Luke Ridnour $2,750,000 $2,750,000Elfrid Payton $2,400,000 $2,510,000 $2,610,000 $3,330,000 $4,540,000Tobias Harris $2,380,000 $3,580,000Jameer Nelson $2,000,000Maurice Harkless $1,890,000 $2,890,000 $4,050,000Anthony Randolph $1,830,000Andrew Nicholson $1,550,000 $2,380,000 $3,390,000Evan Fournier $1,480,000 $2,290,000 $3,280,000Willie Green $1,450,000Kyle O’Quinn $920,000 Devyn
Friday night, while sports fans got a break from the FIFA World Cup and a brief respite from an abundance of basketball news — NBA draft picks, subsequent draft trades and looming free agency chatter, NBA players had an opportunity to entertain on social media, simply being themselves. Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris had a fun and engaging conversation with his fans and followers, asking them a series of “would you rather” questions.
When it comes to trades, the 2014 NBA draft hasn’t been quite as nuts as last year. Nevertheless, there have been a handful of deals. Here’s a breakdown: Philadelphia 76ers trade Elfrid Payton to Orlando Magic for Dario Saric, 2015 second-round pick and 2017 first-round pick. Philadelphia didn’t need another point guard with Michael Carter-Williams entrenched at the position, and the Sixers are all about assets. Injured Joel Embiid went third and now Dario Saric will be in Turkey for the next two seasons.
12:12 a.m. Eastern -Billy King could not talk about the 59th and 60th picks on record but those deals should be finalized by the end of the night. Xavier Thames and Cory Jefferson, who were selected by other teams, will be Nets. 11:53 p.m. Eastern -Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the newest Knicks player. He hopes to bring energy and effort to the team, he told reporters. 11:44 p.m. Eastern -The Knicks just took Thanasis Antetokounpo, the older brother of Milwaukee’s Giannis. He played for Delaware in the