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The Orlando Magic will have plenty of options to trade up. We review the trade up possibilities with LaMelo Ball and Killian Hayes as the Magic examine their trade opportunities.
A position of power
The Orlando Magic enter the trade market knowing they don't have to deal. How this gives them power even with a market that is uncertain for many of their players.
A successful Draft + Aaron Nesmith Profile
What makes a successful Draft? It isn't always about double, triples and stars. Plus we profile Aaron Nesmith, one of the players the Orlando Magic should absolutely target.
Jeff Weltman and the weight of expectations
Jeff Weltman entered the season hoping to fortify the Orlando Magic's foundation. He did that. But the neglect of the roster held the team back.
Steve Clifford, this is your season
The Orlando Magic's season was both a success and a failure. And Steve Clifford played a hand in both as the team analyzes what happened.
Lessons learned and targets acquired?
The Orlando Magic certainly should have learned some lessons from this year's postseason. How will that help them prepare for the offseason and what about some targets popular with fans?
Player Evaluation Speed Round
It is time to wrap up player evaluations as we run through the final four players who each struggled to find their place in the Orlando Magic's future.
Dwight Howard is a champion
The Los Angeles Lakers are NBA champions and Dwight Howard has finally brought a title to Orlando.
What's the deal with the defense?
The Orlando Magic know their success depends on their defense. So why did it feel so off this season? And what do the Magic do to fix it?
Give the Magic the benefit of the doubt
The 2021 season is still far away. But already everyone is counting out the Magic for a third trip to the Playoffs.
The problem with the offense, duh
The Orlando Magic's offense struggled again this year. The problem was obvious and could be the key to unlocking everything.
The wheels are turning
Things might seem quiet on the Orlando Magic's front, but the wheels are still turning as the offseason awaits.
Nikola Vucevic grew and still has room to grow
Nikola Vucevic had some rough moments, but he stepped up in the playoffs
This is a Lakers podcast now
The NBA Finals have begun. I explain what players and storylines you should be rooting for as Magic fans as the series begins.
Drafting from the middle
The Orlando Magic are trying to build from the middle, making their ability to draft to be vitally important.
Move with purpose
The Orlando Magic clearly ned to make some changes this offseason. But they need to make moves with purpose toward a final goal and vision.
Role call: Terrence Ross and Mohamed Bamba
Terrence Ross and Mohamed Bamba have settled into roles for the Orlando Magic. Both will prove vital to the team's fortunes.
Nearing midnight for the Gordon/Isaac pairing
Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac has unfulfilling seasons. And that has brought the questions of how they ultimately pair together to the forefront.
Mo Bamba and Steve Clifford want you to vote!
Mo Bamba and Steve Clifford were at the Amway Center on Tuesday encouraging residents to register to vote for National Voter Registration Day.
Positional and skill versatiilty
The Orlando Magic have a lot of positional needs to fill as they examine their offseason. But finding skill versatility might be just as important.
The Orlando Magic Post-Mortem Part 3
The Orlando Magic have a lot of big decisions coming up ahead of them. On this episode, I discuss the team's overall philosophy on building and what Jeff Weltman has to be thinking about as he remakes the franchise.
Orlando Magic Post-Mortem Part 2
We are two weeks removed from the end of the Orlando Magic's season. In this episode, we break down the shooting need and the Magic's draft strategy.
The Orlando Magic Post-Mortem Part 1
With two weeks between the end of the season and now, we break down everything about the Orlando Magic this season and offseason in part one of our three-part conversation.
Markelle Fultz blew past every expectation
The Orlando Magic did not know what to expect from Markelle Fultz a year ago today. He blew past every expectation to become the team's future starter.
The Miami Heat model
The Orlando Magic are capped out with seemingly no way forward. But that doesn't mean they cannot grow and grow quickly. Just look at the Miami Heat.
The makings of a modern offense
The Orlando Magic's offense has been abysmal to say the least and is at the top of mind as they prepare for the offseason. But one element may already be in place.
Evan Fournier's half-way redemption
Evan Fournier had a career year. Yet the lasting impression was his difficult postseason that still leaves a lot on the table and a foul taste for the offseason.
2020 was not 2019, and it wouldn't have been an...
The Orlando Magic want to believe they were due for a 2019-like run if there was not a pandemic. But that is not quite right. This team wasn't at that level.
The Options at the NBA Draft
The Orlando Magic will have plenty of options when the NBA Draft comes around in October.
The Offseason Overview: Welcome to Cap Hell
The Orlando Magic have a lot of difficult decisions ahead as they try to plot a path forward, and little cap room to do so.
Steve Clifford + Jeff Weltman's post-mortem
The Orlando Magic's season is over and Steve Clifford and Jeff Weltman broke down a sometimes frustrating and sometimes encouraging 2020 run.
The end is here
The Orlando Magic's season came to an end in Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Now the uncertain offseason begins and change is in the air.
Aaron Gordon's frustrating season ends
As the NBA tries to map out how it will resume and just what message it will send and action it takes, Aaron Gordon heads home to end his frustrating season.
Players put their season hold to strike for rac...
The NBA's players have put their season on hold as another police shooting has forced them to lead for change.
At the end of the world, be who you are
The Orlando Magic face elimination in their series with the Milwaukee Bucks. As they stare at the end of the world, they have to be themselves even more.
Nothing left for the fourth quarter
The Orlando Magic gave themselves a real chance to tie the series. But gave up a killer run in the fourth quarter that ended their hopes and left a lot of questions.
Mid-series check up
The Orlando Magic struggled early again in a Game 3 loss setting up a must-win Game 4 on Monday. We are joined by Stephen Cameron of The Close Up Magic to break down the series so far.
Orlando Magic lose Game 2, or why first quarter...
The Orlando Magic fell to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2, unable to overcome a horrendous shooting start.
A whole new game
The Orlando Magic know the counterpunch is coming. Game 2 is going to be a completely different game.
Orlando Magic win Game 1 over the Milwaukee Buc...
The Orlando Magic got an All-Star performance from Nikola Vucevic as they surprisingly dominated the Milwaukee Bucks for a Game 1 win.
The day is here
The whole season has been building up toward the Orlando Magic's return to the playoffs. Now we see what this team is made of and just how much progress they made this season.
Breaking it all down -- Magic vs. Bucks, Round 1
It is time to get ready. We break it all down and preview the Magic's series with the Bucks with Locked On Bucks' Kane Pitman.
Back to where it matters
The Orlando Magic are back to where it matters. After confirming last year's playoff appearance they have to prove themselves all over again.
One more time. . .
The Orlando Magic have one more tuneup before the playoffs. They have a lot to work on with their energy and also their 3-point defense.
Time to step up
The Orlando Magic no-showed a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. They are not looking Playoff-ready and their star player is not stepping up.
Bucks in the background
The Orlando Magic have two games left in the seeding round and they want to use it to get themselves right. But the Milwaukee Bucks loom large in the background.
Left it all on the table
The Orlando Magic officially lost the race to seventh after leaving a win on the table against the Boston Celtics.
the orlando magic made the playoffs
The Orlando Magic fell to the Philadelphia 76ers but still clinched a second straight playoff berth.
A frustrating playoff preview
The Orlando Magic fell behind again and struggled to break the Toronto Raptors in a potential playoff preview.
Far from playoff ready
The Orlando Magic failed their first test against a playoff caliber team, falling behind against the Indiana Pacers and never catching up.
Day 1 of the comeback
The Orlando Magic are still crushed with the injury to Jonathan Isaac. But he is optimistic and is already thinking about his comeback.
Injuries are just the worst
Jonathan Isaac tore his ACL as the Orlando Magic won easily. And injuries are just the worst.
Jonathan Isaac's reasons are his own
There are important conversations happening throughout the country. Jonathan Isaac bucked the trend by standing during the anthem and speaking his feelings about how to protest and act.
It is time...
The NBA seeding round is here. The Orlando Magic resume their season Friday with a lot on the line.
Orlando Magic have their eye on the present and...
Jonathan Isaac is back. But there is still work to do until he is back. And the Magic will still be deliberate with their eyes still on the future.
Jonathan Isaac is hereth
Jonathan Isaac made his triumphant return to the court and he did not disappoint.
Jonathan Isaac cometh
The Orlando Magic's offense again had its struggles in a scrimmage loss. Do not worry Jonathan Isaac is set to return Monday.
Moving at their own pace
The Orlando Magic are making sure players move at their own pace as they prepare for the season's restart.
The Orlando Magic play a game
The Orlando Magic hit the floor for the first time in four months and looked . . . OK. It certainly was no disaster and the team has a foundation to grow form. But lots of work to do.
Gameday is (finally) here
The Orlando Magic will get their chance to hit the floor for the first time in four months as they take on the LA Clippers in their first scrimmage.
OMD Post-Hiatus Mailbag
The NBA season is almost back! We dive into the OMD Mailbag and answer some pressing questions before the season resumes.
Ready or not, here they come
It is officially game week for the Orlando Magic. As they try to integrate Markelle Fultz back into the fold, the Magic are preparing to see just where they are at.
All hands on deck
The Orlando Magic are still figuring out how they will manage the upcoming season. Everyone on the roster will have to play a role.
Playing constant catch-up
The Orlando Magic like every team are trying to catch up in time to be ready for the season. That might prove to be a longer process than we thought.
No one really knows
The Orlando Magic are excited to have Jonathan Isaac back in practice, but like with the team, nobody really knows how quickly he or the team can be ready to play.
Mo Bamba, secret weapon
Mo Bamba confirmed his weight gains during the quarantine and hiatus. That could make him much more than a secret weapon as the Orlando Magic
Life in the bubble
The Orlando Magic conducted their first practice as they get a little bit of normalcy in hitting the floor once again.
Second chances and bubble frenzy
The Orlando Magic have entered the bubble and await their second chance to achieve their season-long goals.
Goals for the bubble
The Orlando Magic get ready to enter the bubble with a lot of questions, a hope to regain rhythm and one clear goal.
Into the unknown
The Orlando Magic are preparing to travel into the unknown of the restarted NBA season, giving their coach little precious time to prepare and no sense of where they are at.
Faithful to the grind
Markelle Fultz has experience more than most on having to work hard and wait to return to the court. He is hoping that helps him be ready to return.
Magic will get their chance in the bubble
The NBA released the schedules for the league's return to play. And the Orlando Magic will get their chance to play their way up to seventh and feel the Playoff intensity.
Half man, half myth
Vince Carter says goodbye to the NBA, Evan Fournier dispels several myths and the NBA Draft is still three months away!
The Silver Anniversary of the 1995 Orlando Magi...
The Orlando Magic are celebrating the silver anniversary of perhaps the best team in franchise history. Luke Hetrick of Spectrum Sports 360 joins the show to discuss what made that team so special.
The situation on the ground
Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Orange County, putting the NBA's return plan at risk.
Of Admirals and... Shaq
In 1995, the NBA was set to see two of its best centers face off. They got Hakeem Olajuwon instead. The Magic and Spurs' collision course was derailed.
NBA irons out the details
The NBA is ironing out the details of its return. Most importantly, it gives players the information to decide whether to play or not.
Every concern is valid
The NBA's players are still weighing whether to come back. And new issues keep coming up for discussion.
When we last left our heroes...
It has been three months since we last saw our heroes. The Orlando Magic were truly turning a corner when the season went on hiatus.
SPECIAL - Locked On's Black Lives Matter Roundt...
8 Locked On Hosts discuss life as a black man in America
Not to put a damper on things...
Central Florida is seeing a small spike in new cases of the coronavirus and other news shows it is not a matter of if but when the coronavirus returns to the NBA.
Un-happy 25th Anniversary
Sunday is an un-happy anniversary in Orlando Magic history. We reflect on Game 1 of the 1995 NBA Finals 25 years later and how the Magic's bravado got broken.
The NBA season has a plan to return! Woo-hoo!
The NBA is preparing to announce its return to play plan and the Magic still hold all the cards.
The NBA is asking the Orlando Magic for everything
The NBA is nearing its return and it is clear the league is going to ask the Orlando Magic to gamble everything.
How the NBA SHOULD come back with group play
The NBA is reportedly considering several ideas for their return to play plan with an announcement coming soon. Here is how I think they should do it.
Why the end of the season is important
The Orlando Magic need to finish the season to continue developing their players. Aaron Gordon most of all.
What to do with 8th -- with Shawn Coleman of Lo...
The NBA is still figuring out how it wants to make its comeback. For the teams sitting in eighth, they very well could put their Playoff spots on the line to play their way in.
The NBA's gears begin to turn
The NBA has officially acknowledged it plans to restart its season at Disney as the league's wheels begin to turn.
The Magic documentaries we need to see
With The Last Dance completed, we are thinking about the next Orlando Magic stories to tell.
Sliding Doors and 2009's resiliency
Doc Rivers clarified one of the great what ifs of Orlando Magic history and it still does not make us feel any better. Plus rewatching the 2009 Magic reveals something unexpected.
Lessons from The Last Dance
The conclusion to The Last Dance gives us a chance to reflect on what we can learn from Michael Jordan's championship-winning career.
Locked On Magic 05.15.20: What If? 1996 Magic v...
The Orlando Magic and Seattle SuperSonics represented the best of the 1990s and the future of the league. Both fell short because of Michael Jordan and the problems of more.
Locked On Magic 05.13.20: The obvious answer
The Orlando Magic's offense kickstarted after the All-Star Break for many reasons. There is one big one that is at the center of everything.
Locked On Magic 05.13.20: Clear vision, full dr...
The Orlando Magic are sure to be at the center of several trade rumors when the offseason finally comes around. Their vision is more important than ever.
Locked On Magic 05.11.20: Another sleight in Jo...
The Orlando Magic became another sleight in Michael Jordan's ledger as he used the fuel of 1995 to dominate in 1996. Orlando Magic's place in history might just be relegated to just another of the vanquished.
Locked On Magic 05.07.20: Let's fix the NBA's T...
The NBA 2K League tipped off with a unique vision of broadcasting its league games. It got me thinking of how the NBA can fix its TV problems.
Locked On Magic 05.05.20: Basketball is the hap...
The NBA is showing signs it is starting to rouse from its slumber. But how the season returns is going to be a long time.
Locked On Magic 05.04.20: Rewatchables -- Magic...
The Orlando Magic's landmark series win over the Chicago Bulls is a lot different than we choose to remember it.
Locked On Magic 04.30.20: The Steal, Part 2
Today we rewatch the second half of the Orlando Magic's Game 1 win over the Chicago Bulls in the 1995 NBA Playoffs.
Locked On Magic 04.29.20: The Steal (Part 1)
We rewatched the Orlando Magic's Game 1 win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday. Here is the first half discussion from the best game in Magic history.