The Orlando Magic is an American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. The Magic compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The franchise was established in 1989 as an expansion franchise, and such notable NBA stars as Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway, Rashad Lewis, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Steve Francis, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter, Dwight Howard, Dominique Wikings, and Hedo Turkoglu have played for the club throughout its young history. The Magic went into two NBA finals, in 1995 and 2009.
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In the summer of 2017, the Magic made various changes, the first being the firing of general manager Rob Hennigan on April 13. on May 23, the Magic named Jeff Weltman, the former manager of the Toronto Raptors. With the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Orlando drafted Florida State forward, Jonathan Isaac. During the free agency the Magic signed Jonathon Simon, Arron Afflalo, Shelvin Mack, Marreese Speights, Khem Birch and Adreian Payne. Former superstar Tracy McGrady also rejoined the team as assistant to the CEO.
In 2018, 0n 8th April, the Magic traded starting point guard Elfrid Payton to the Phoenix Suns. Also the same year, head coach Frank Vogel fired by magic and Steve Clifford joined as their new head coach. The Magic drafted center Mohamed Bamba with the sixth overall pick. And also get Melvin Frazier in the second round. Other acquisitions included trading for Timofey Mozgov and Jerian Grant in a three-team trade for Bismack Biyombo, Jarell Martin in a trade from the Memphis and free agent Isaiah Briscoe.
Mohamed Bamba was diagnosed with a fracture in 2019 and the team traded Jonathan Simmons and two draft picks to the Philadelphia 76ers for Markelle Fultz. Nikola Vucevic was selected as a reserve for the 2019 Eastern Conference All-Star Team. In March 2019, the Magic signed former NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams.
In the 2019 NBA draft, the Magic selected Chuma Okeke with the 16th overall pick and traded its second-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for $2.2 million and a future draft pick. With the prospect of limited playing time due to injury, the Magic and Okeke agree to sign a one-year deal with the Magic’s G League affiliate in Lakeland and sign Okeke’s rookie contract in the summer of 2020. During the 2019 free agency, the Magic re-signed with Vučević, Terrence Ross, Michael Carter-Williams, and Birch, signed free agent Al-Farouq Aminu, and waived Mozgov.