Orlando Magic sign E’Twaun Moore

The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard E’Twaun Moore, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today.

Orlando’s roster now stands at 19 players (listed below). Training camp begins on Tuesday, September 28 at Amway Center.

Moore (6’3”, 190, 2/25/89) played in 27 games (one start) last season with Phoenix, averaging 4.9 ppg., 1.7 rpg. and 1.5 apg. in 14.4 minpg. He scored in double figures four times, including a season-high 22 points on May 16 @ San Antonio, including the game-winning three-pointer with 2.2 seconds remaining. Moore also played in seven playoff outings, averaging 2.4 ppg., 1.4 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 6.6 minpg., as the Suns advanced to the 2021 NBA Finals.

Originally selected in the second round (55th overall) by Boston in the 2011 NBA Draft, Moore has played in 598 career NBA regular season games (191 starts) with Boston, Orlando, Chicago, New Orleans and Phoenix, averaging 7.9 ppg., 2.0 rpg. and 1.8 apg. in 21.0 minpg., while shooting .388 (556-1,432) from three-point range. He has also appeared in 28 career postseason contests (nine starts), averaging 4.6 ppg., 1.4 rpg. and 1.0 apg. in 12.8 minpg.

Moore spent two seasons with Orlando from 2012-14. He played in 154 regular season games (24 starts) with the Magic during that span, averaging 7.1 ppg., 2.1 apg. and 2.0 rpg. in 20.7 minpg.

Moore appeared in 140 games (136 starts) during his four-year collegiate career at Purdue University (2007-11), averaging 15.3 ppg., 4.4 rpg., 2.9 rpg. and 1.17 stlpg in 32.3 minpg. He led the Boilermakers in scoring for three straight seasons (2007-10), was named First Team All-Big Ten twice (2009-10, 2010-11) and Second Team All-Big Ten twice (2007-08, 2008-09).

Moore will wear #55 with the Orlando Magic.

No return date yet for Magic forward Jonathan Isaac

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac isn’t sure of his exact return date from injury just yet. Via the Orlando Sentinel:

The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Issac has been sidelined since Aug. 2, 2020, missing the entire 2020-21 season, and he continues to rehabilitate from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left leg…

He suffered the injury during the Magic’s second seeding game in the summer of 2020 inside the NBA bubble against the Sacramento Kings at Walt Disney World.

Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams undergoes ankle surgery

Orlando Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams underwent surgery yesterday (August 23) to remove a bone fragment and to repair a ligament in his left ankle.

He will miss the start of the 2021-22 regular season and his return to basketball activities will depend on how he responds to treatment and rehabilitation. Carter-Williams is expected to make a full recovery.

Carter-Williams (6’6”, 195, 10/10/91) played in 31 games (25 starts) last season with Orlando, averaging 8.8 ppg., 4.5 rpg. and 4.2 apg. in 25.8 minpg. He has appeared in 391 career NBA regular season games (217 starts) with Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Chicago, Charlotte, Houston and Orlando, averaging 10.3 ppg., 4.4 rpg., 4.4 apg. and 1.27 stlpg. in 25.3 minpg. Carter-Williams has also played in 16 career playoff games (six starts), averaging 7.5 ppg., 3.2 rpg. and 2.9 apg. in 21.0 minpg. He was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 2013-14 and selected to the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie First team.

Carter-Williams was originally signed as a free agent by the Magic to a 10-day contract on March 15, 2019. He has played in 88 games (25 starts) with Orlando, averaging 7.5 ppg., 3.9 rpg. and 3.3 apg. in 21.1 minpg.

Orlando Magic re-sign Moritz Wagner

The Orlando Magic have re-signed free agent forward/center Moritz Wagner.

Wagner (6’11, 245, 4/26/97) played in 45 total games (24 starts) last season with Washington, Boston, and Orlando, averaging 6.9 ppg., 3.2 rpg. and 1.1 apg. in 16.0 minpg. He was signed as a free agent by the Magic on Apr. 27. Wagner played in 11 games (10 starts) with Orlando, averaging 11.0 ppg., 4.9 rpg. and 1.1 apg. in 26.0 minpg. He scored in double figures 14 times (six times with Orlando) and 20+ points three times (twice with Orlando), including a season-high 24 points on May 1 vs. Memphis.

Originally selected in the first round (25th overall) of the 2018 NBA Draft by the L.A. Lakers, Wagner has appeared in 133 career NBA regular season games (34 starts) with the Lakers, Washington, Boston and Orlando, averaging 6.8 ppg. and 3.4 rpg. in 15.1 minpg.

Wagner played in 107 career games (77 starts) during three seasons at the University of Michigan (2015-18), averaging 10.4 ppg. and 4.5 rpg. in 21.0 minpg. As a junior (2017-18), he played and started in 39 games, averaging 14.6 ppg. and 7.1 rpg. in 27.6 minpg., while shooting .528 (216-409) from the floor and .394 (63-160) from three-point range. Wagner was named to the 2017-18 All-Big Ten Second Team and was later named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2018 Big Ten Tournament, leading the Wolverines to the Big Ten Conference Tournament championship. He also earned 2018 NCAA West Region All-Tournament Team honors and the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team, helping Michigan reach the NCAA Championship game.

Wagner recently played for Germany during the Olympics in Tokyo. His younger brother, Franz, was selected by Orlando with the eighth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Wagner will wear #21 with the Magic. His brother, Franz, who had originally selected #21 after he signed with Orlando, will now wear #22.

Orlando Magic re-sign Ignas Brazdeikis, to a two-way contract

The Orlando Magic have re-signed free agent forward Ignas Brazdeikis to a two-way contract, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today.

Brazdeikis (6’6”, 221, 1/8/99) appeared in 13 total games last season with New York, Philadelphia and Orlando, averaging 7.0 ppg., 3.5 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 19.1 minpg. He was originally signed to a 10-day contract by Orlando on May 2, then signed for the rest of the season on May 12. Brazdeikis played in eight games with the Magic, averaging 11.1 ppg., 5.1 rpg. and 2.0 apg. in 29.2 minpg. He scored in double figures three times (all with Orlando) and 20+ points once, including a career-high 21 points on May 14 @ Philadelphia.

Originally selected in the second round (47th overall) of the 2019 NBA Draft by Sacramento, Brazdeikis has played in 22 career NBA regular season games with New York, Philadelphia and Orlando, averaging 4.9 ppg., 2.3 rpg. and 1.0 apg. in 13.7 minpg. He has also played and started in 36 career NBA G League games, all with Westchester, averaging 20.9 ppg., 8.1 rpg. and 3.1 apg. in 33.7 minpg.

Brazdeikis played and started in 37 games during his only season at the University of Michigan (2018-19), averaging 14.8 ppg. and 5.4 rpg. in 29.6 minpg., while shooting .392 (56-143) from three-point range. He led the Wolverines in scoring. Brazdeikis was named the 2018-19 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He was also named to the All-Big Ten Second Team, the Big Ten All-Freshman Team and the All-Big Ten Tournament Team. He was also an honorable mention All-American by Associated Press.

Per NBA rules for the 2021-22 season, a player under a two-way contract will be permitted to be on the NBA team’s active list for no more than 50 games during the regular season, with no limit on practices, workouts or other activities with the NBA team.

Orlando Magic sign rookies Jalen Suggs and Franz Wagner

The Orlando Magic have signed rookie guard Jalen Suggs and rookie forward Franz Wagner, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today.

Suggs (fifth overall) and Wagner (eighth overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft.

Suggs (6’4”, 205, 6/3/01) played and started in 30 games last season as a freshman at Gonzaga University, averaging 14.4 ppg., 5.3 rpg., 4.5 apg. and 1.90 stlpg. in 29.0 minpg., while shooting .503 (155-308) from the floor.

Suggs was a consensus All-America Second Team selection. He was named to the 2020-21 All-West Coast Conference First Team, the WCC Newcomer of the Year and the 2021 WCC Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Suggs was also one of five finalists for the 2020-21 Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard, as well as one of five finalists for the 2020-21 USWBA National Freshman of the Year award. He led the Bulldogs to a 31-1 record, with their only loss coming to Baylor in the 2021 NCAA Championship game. Suggs hit a game-winning three-pointer as time expired on Apr. 3 vs. UCLA in the NCAA Final Four.

As a high school senior (2019-20) at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, MN, Suggs was named the National MaxPreps Male Athlete of the Year. He was selected to participate in the 2020 McDonald’s All-American Game and was one of five finalists for the Naismith High School Boys National Player of the Year. During his high school career, Minnehaha went 111-15 (.881) and won three straight 2A state titles. Suggs was the first athlete in Minnesota history to be named the state’s Mr. Basketball and Mr. Football in the same year.

Wagner (6’9”, 225, 8/27/01) played and started in all 28 games last season as a sophomore at the University of Michigan, averaging 12.5 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 3.0 apg., 1.25 stlpg. and 1.04 blkpg. in 31.7 minpg., while shooting .835 (66-79) from the free throw line. He ranked in the top three on the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals (led the team) and blocks. Wagner was named to the 2020-21 All-Big Ten Second Team by the coaches and Third Team by the media, helping the Wolverines reach the Elite Eight at the NCAA Tournament. He was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Jerry West Award, given to the nation’s top shooting guard.

Wagner played and started in 55 career games during two seasons (2019-21) at Michigan, averaging 12.0 ppg., 6.1 rpg., 2.0 apg. and 1.25 stlpg. in 31.2 minpg., while shooting .835 (111-133) from the free throw line. As a freshman (2019-20), he played and started in 27 games, averaging 11.6 ppg., 5.6 rpg., 1.0 apg. and 1.26 stlpg. in 30.7 minpg. Wagner was named to the 2019-20 Big Ten All-Freshman Team and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times.

During the 2018-19 campaign, Wagner played on a dual contract with Alba Berlin (BBL) and SSV Iok Bernau in Germany. He was named the 2018-19 BBL Best Young Player, which goes to the league’s most valuable player who is under age 22 and has German nationality.

He is the brother of current Magic player Moritz Wagner.

Orlando Magic hire Jamahl Mosley as new head coach

Jamahl Mosley has been named head coach of the Orlando Magic, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today. Mosley becomes the 15th head coach in franchise history.

“We would like to welcome Jamahl and his family to the Magic family,” said Weltman. “Within the NBA coaching community, Jamahl is considered a rising star. His coaching path is rooted in player development. He is a communicator and connector, and we look forward to him leading our group.”

Mosley comes to Orlando after spending the previous seven seasons (2014-21) as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks. While on the coaching staff, the Mavericks reached the NBA Playoffs four times. He has also served as the head coach on the Mavericks summer league team that competed in Las Vegas.

Prior to joining the Mavericks, Mosley spent four seasons (2010-14) as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before joining the Cavaliers, Mosley spent five seasons (2005-10) with the Denver Nuggets. His tenure began in player development and advance scouting, before becoming an assistant coach for his last three seasons (2007-10) with the franchise. The Nuggets reached the playoffs, winning 50 games or more, each of his final three years. They won the Northwest division twice and earned a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2009.

Mosley was a four-year letterman at the University of Colorado (1997-2001), where he is one of 33 players in school history to score more than 1,000 points. Following his collegiate career, he played four seasons of professional basketball overseas, including two years for the Victoria Titans (Australia), one year with Baloncesto Leon (Spain) and one year in Korea.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mosley was named an assistant coach for the 2021 USA Select Team and served as an assistant coach at the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp. He has also participated in Basketball Without Borders in Africa on several occasions.

Orlando Magic and head coach Steve Clifford agree to part ways

The Orlando Magic and Head Coach Steve Clifford have mutually agreed to part ways, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today.

“We would like to thank Steve for his contributions to the Orlando Magic,” said Weltman. “We appreciate the many sacrifices he has made as our head coach and understand the timeline of our new path does not align with his goals as a head coach in our league.”

Said Clifford, “I would like to thank the DeVos family, Magic leadership and the entire staff, and certainly wish everyone well. It’s been an honor and privilege to coach this team in this community.”

– Via the Magic

On Magic center Wendell Carter Jr.

Here’s the Orlando Sentinel on Magic center Wendell Carter Jr., who averaged 11.7 points and 8.8 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per game in the 22 games (19 starts) he played for the Magic this past season after a trade from the Bulls:

Carter completed the third year of the rookie-scale contract he signed in 2018 after being acquired in a March 25 trade with Chicago. He will earn $6.92 million in 2021-22 and is set to reach free agency in the 2022 offseason. If the Magic extend a qualifying offer, Carter can either accept it and remain with the team for 2022-23 or decline it and become a restricted free agent…

Carter will compete with Mo Bamba for the starting center job next season. But the Magic will have a decision to make regarding the two players because both can become restricted free agents after next season.

Magic coach Steve Clifford likes NBA play-in tournament idea

Magic head coach Steve Clifford likes the NBA play-in tournament format that we’ll all get to enjoy next week. Via the Orlando Sentinel:

The tournament has drawn its share of critics, from Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to Lakers All-Star LeBron James.

Magic coach Steve Clifford, on the other hand, thinks the play-in format is a good thing.

“I think you guys know I’m a big sports fan, and probably a little bit more of a purist than a lot of people, and I remember when baseball went to a wild card and I thought it was going to be terrible and it ended up being a great thing for baseball,” Clifford said. “It [play-in tournament] keeps more teams playing meaningful games late in the year, and just like baseball I believe that Tuesday night and Thursday night there’s going to be great interest in our league. So I’m interested to see how people like it, but from what I’ve seen I think it’s a very good idea.”

The play-in tournament starts next week.