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  1. Report: Magic to start shopping Dwight Howard before draft

    May 24, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    It sounds more and more like Orlando’s ownership and upper management, after spending a year trying to convince Dwight Howard to stay, are done. They want him, he can sign on and stay, but they are done catering to his whims. Well, now that Stan Van Gundy is gone. Orlando will start listening to offers…

  2. Kevin Durant, LeBron James head All-NBA Teams

    May 24, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Here’s the problem with nitpicking the All-NBA teams — there are no bad players on any of the first three. You can argue if you want (and as I would) that LaMarcus Aldridge deserves a spot on the third team more than Carmelo Anthony or Dirk Nowitzki, but that doesn’t make the guys on the…

  3. Shaq as Magic GM rumor started with… apparently Shaq

    May 24, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    C By Courvoisier And Shaquille O'Neal Celebrate The "C if U Can Make Shaq Laugh" Contest Finale

    Is it any wonder that the NBA player best at self-promotion in the last couple decades is the guy putting himself into the Orlando Magic General Manager discussion? Last night we passed along the report that Shaquille O’Neal was going to sit down with the Magic and discuss their now vacant general manager position. Which…

  4. Report: Magic to talk to Shaq about GM job. Worst. Idea. Ever.

    May 23, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    So, Orlando, you’re trying to make yourself relevant and convince Dwight Howard to stay (that ship has sailed) or new free agents to come in? This is not how you do it. It’s the opposite of how you do it, actually. In the next week the Magic might meet with Shaquille O’Neal about their open…

  5. Report: Deron Williams has Lakers on his list (behind Nets)

    May 23, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    A Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant backcourt, with Andrew Bynum in the paint. That team could be very dangerous. Apparently, Deron Williams has thought about it. In an article where he says the Lakers and Magic need to do a Bynum for Dwight Howard swap, Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated drops some interesting knowledge about…

  6. LeBron, Ibaka lead NBA All-Defensive team voting

    May 23, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    Few things can be counted on for a consistent laugh like the NBA All-Defensive team voting. It is always a laugh. This year it didn’t disappoint — somebody voted for Carlos Boozer. Yes, that Carlos Boozer. For his defense. But no complaint about the top vote getter, LeBron James. He was a defensive force this…

  7. Report: Scott Skiles has coaching job but still covets Orlando

    May 23, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

    Scott Skiles

    Scott Skiles has an NBA coaching job. All he has to do is figure out how to make a Brandon Jennings/Monta Ellis backcourt work. And figure out how that backcourt is not going to become a major defensive liability. All while everyone knows he is a lame duck in the last year of his deal.…

  8. And-1 links: Adam Morrison is looking better than ever

    May 23, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    After a one day hiatus, we return our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • That’s Adam Morrison to the right, going with the…

  9. Jerry Sloan would be interested in Magic coaching job

    May 22, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Fox Sports Florida’s Chris Tomasson has an interesting article up today about one legendary coach who might be willing to fill the Orlando Magic’s coaching vacancy: Jerry Sloan once coached temperamental star Karl Malone for 15 years. Perhaps his next challenge could be another such guy, Dwight Howard. Sloan told FOX Sports Florida on Tuesday…

  10. Delonte West hoping to re-sign with Dallas

    May 22, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

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    It’s going to be an interesting summer in Dallas. Can they lure Deron Williams back to his home town? Can they find a way to trade for Dwight Howard (not likely)? If those plans fall through, what does Mark Cuban have up his sleeve? Whatever happens Delonte West wants to be a part of it.…

  11. Lakers need big changes — which means trading a big man

    May 22, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol walks off the court after a season-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA western conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    It’s obvious the Lakers need changes. Big changes. The Oklahoma City Thunder are younger, deeper, more athletic and just flat out better. And they are not going anywhere for a few years. That’s not to mention up-and-coming contenders like the Clippers in the West that are passing where the Lakers seem stuck on the side…

  12. Report: Dwight Howard still “desperately” wants trade

    May 21, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    As the Orlando Magic look for a new coach and general manager, they need to be thinking guys who can rebuild a team and do it without Dwight Howard. Because it felt like he was going to be gone anyway. And now comes this from Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com — Howard may have won the…

  13. Magic CEO says it’s not Howard, it’s us that wanted Van Gundy out

    May 21, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Orlando Magic CEO Tony Martins tried to lay down a full field of cover for Dwight Howard on the day the Magic sent coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith packing. He essentially went with the “it’s not you, it’s me” line that always works so well when you tried to break off…

  14. Orlando Magic let go of coach Stan Van Gundy, GM Otis Smith

    May 21, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    And the “we will do anything to keep Dwight Howard happy” parade continues. The Orlando Magic have announced that they are parting ways with coach Stan Van Gundy as well as GM Otis Smith. Follow that link if you want to read the generic “he was great for us” quotes from the owner that just…

  15. Flopping, international goaltending rule targets of new NBA rules committee

    May 21, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    David Stern

    No longer will all 30 NBA general managers be voting on rule changes. And really, why should the guys in charge of basketball operations teams be in charge of rule changes? That makes sense. Under the direction of David Stern, the NBA has put together a smaller committee made up of owners, GMs and coaches…

  16. Stan Van Gundy “not too worried” about job. He shouldn’t be.

    May 21, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy

    In the next few weeks, pretty much everybody around the league expects Stan Van Gundy to get fired as coach of the Orlando Magic. In the battle of star player (Dwight Howard) vs. coach, the elite player always wins in the NBA. As for Van Gundy, he was out in a baseball game this weekend…

  17. Joakim Noah to work with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this summer

    May 18, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia

    In recent years, a pilgrimage to Houston to work with Hakeem Olajuwon has become the Mecca of NBA players wanting to work on their post game. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard and host of others have made the trek. But Joakim Noah is going another direction this summer — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From Real GM:…

  18. Report: Patrick Ewing has “good chance” at Bobcats job

    May 18, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Patrick Ewing

    At some point Patrick Ewing is going to get a shot at being a head coach in the NBA. The current Magic assistant coach interviewed with the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday and that might be the landing spot, according to Marc Berman New York Post. However, if Stan Van Gundy is out in Orlando (still…

  19. Just a reminder, Magic haven’t made call on Van Gundy, Smith

    May 16, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    The Orlando Magic have some big decisions to make: Do they bring back general manager Otis Smith? Do they bring back coach Stan Van Gundy, even though their star Dwight Howard is not a fan? Can they get Howard to sign an extension or should they trade him? What should they do if Jameer Nelson…

  20. Orlando is in trouble now because it’s not good at drafting

    May 14, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    More and more research is showing, if you want to build a sustainable winner in the NBA you need to do it on draft day. Look at the teams still playing. Miami had to draft Dwyane Wade, which made it possible to bring in Shaq to get them one title (and LeBron James doesn’t come…

  21. Friday And-1 links: Report Ricky Rubio signs deal with Adidas

    May 11, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • There is a report that Ricky Rubio has signed a shoe deal with…

  22. J.J. Redick opens up about “weird” season, Dwight Howard

    May 11, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    I’m not sure any word but “weird” does justice to the Orlando Magic season. It started with then Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide essentially drunk-dialing Dwight Howard and asking him to stay in Orlando. It didn’t seem like things could get more odd, but that was just the start, something that culminated in the day…

  23. Jameer Nelson has a decision to make — by Friday

    May 10, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    Jameer Nelson has a life-changing decision to make and not much time left to make it. Nelson has a player option to make $7.8 million next season, or he can become a free agent. There would be some demand for him on the market — especially after a good playoffs where he averaged 15.6 points…

  24. Report: Magic interview Adonal Foyle for GM position

    May 9, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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    The Orlando Magic have a general manager, Otis Smith, but his hold on the position is as firm as Gary Busey’s hold on reality. Now comes a report that the Magic have already started to look at a replacement. From the twitter of Jarrod N. Rudolph, who writes for Real GM and is very connected…

  25. USA Basketball given extension to submit Olympic roster

    May 9, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    NBC London Olympics logo

    USA Basketball faced a challenge — the deadline to submit their Olympic roster was June 18. That is before the NBA finals will be over (most likely), it is well before USA Basketball opens training camp on July 6 in Las Vegas. But the USA has gotten an extension, reports the USA Today. The deadline…

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