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Orlando Magic Sign Devin Cannady To 10-Day Contract

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Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard Devin Cannady to a 10-day contract, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

Cannady (6’1”, 190, 5/21/96) has appeared in 16 games (11 starts) this season with Lakeland of the NBA G League, averaging 15.8 ppg., 2.8 rpg. and 1.9 apg. in 26.5 minpg., while shooting .468 (59-126) from three-point range and .957 (22-23) from the free throw line.

Last season, Cannady played in three games with Orlando, averaging 4.7 ppg. in 4.5 minpg. He originally was signed to a 10-day contract by Orlando on Apr. 6, then released on Apr. 13, before signing a two-way contract on Apr. 16. Cannady suffered an open fracture of his right ankle during the first quarter on Apr. 25 vs. Indiana. He was later waived on May 4.

Prior to his time in Orlando last season, Cannady played in 13 games (nine starts) with Lakeland of the NBA G League, averaging 11.7 ppg., 2.8 rpg. and 2.7 apg. in 25.8 minpg., while shooting .400 (28-70) from three-point range. He played and started in all three playoff outings, averaging 15.7 ppg., 4.7 rpg. and 3.3 apg. in 29.7 minpg., while shooting .450 (9-20) from three-point range. During the 2021 NBA G League Final on Mar. 11 vs. Delaware, Cannady tallied 22 points, six rebounds and four assists and was named G League Final MVP, helping Lakeland capture the 2020-21 NBA G League championship.

Cannady has played in 69 career NBA G League games (50 starts) with Long Island and Lakeland, averaging 14.2 ppg., 3.4 rpg. and 2.6 apg. in 29.0 minpg., while shooting .390 (203-520) from three-point range and .933 (84-90) from the free throw line.

Cannady played in 104 career games (67 starts) during four seasons at Princeton University (2015-19), averaging 14.6 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 1.6 apg. and 1.09 stlpg. in 31.1 minpg., while shooting .403 (268-665) from three-point range and a school-record .896 (285-318) from the free throw line. He was named Second Team All-Ivy League as a junior in 2017-18 and Honorable Mention All-Ivy League as a sophomore in 2016-17.

Cannady will wear #30 with the Orlando Magic.

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Orlando Magic Lag Far Behind Minnesota Timberwolves, 126-108

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Franz Wagner fights off the Minnesota Timberwolves defense as he attempts a layup during the Orlando Magic vs. Minnesota Timberwolves match at Amway Center Wednesday. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.
Franz Wagner fights off the Minnesota Timberwolves defense as he attempts a layup during the Orlando Magic vs. Minnesota Timberwolves match at Amway Center Wednesday. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – The Minnesota Timberwolves showed themselves to be true predators against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center Wednesday.

 

First Half

Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards hit the ground running, scoring 19 points in the first quarter alone–more than anyone in the game up to that point. For the Magic, Bol Bol led in the scoring with eight points as well as three rebounds, which looks meager by comparison, but he did make some clutch plays. He shot 7 of 10 on field goals and 5 of 8 on three-pointers. The Orlando Magic were already 10 points behind with 5:57 left in the first quarter: 20-10.

The first quarter ended with the Magic 18 points behind, 42-24.

Karl Anthony Towns shot the ball with the hunger of a starved man, making more than anyone on either team in the second quarter–13 points.

The Timberwolves led 74-49 at halftime.

 

Second Half

With 4.9 seconds left in the third quarter, Taurean Prince got collared with a flagrant foul for his elbow to Jalen Suggs’ face as Suggs attempted a layup. Prince was ejected from the game while Suggs went to the free throw line for two and the Magic retained possession of the ball. The end of the third quarter found the Magic behind by 18 again, 98-80.

In the fourth quarter, Jalen Suggs landed some clutch shots that halved the Magic’s point deficit to nine with nine minutes left in the game. However, the Magic couldn’t keep up with the Timberwolves’ aggressive scoring. Despite the fans’ energy buoying them and Bol Bol and Jalen Suggs fighting like hell to sink shots, the Magic still fell to them, 126-108.

 

Orlando Magic Postgame Press Conference

Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley, Jalen Suggs and Bol Bol talk with the media postgame.

Tonight’s game ends the Magic’s homestand. They go on the road to face the Chicago Bulls Friday. They’ll return home to host the Philadelphia 76ers in back-to-back matchups Friday, November 25th at 7pm and Sunday, November 27th at 6pm.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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Orlando Magic Turnovers Cost Them Against Charlotte Hornets, 112-105

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Charlotte Hornets' LaMelo Ball makes a shot during the Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets match at Amway Center Monday, November 14, 2022. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.
Charlotte Hornets' LaMelo Ball makes a shot during the Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets match at Amway Center Monday, November 14, 2022. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – The Charlotte Hornets came into Monday night’s match against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center with their darling LaMelo Ball back and ready to do damage. And they did.

For their part, the Magic came into the game with the wind at their back after Friday’s 114-97 win against the Phoenix Suns. However, their defense–or perhaps Charlotte’s more aggressive offense–caused them to play from behind.

 

First Half

The numbers showed that the Magic defense needed a bit of help. They had six turnovers to Charlotte’s two.

While LaMelo Ball contributed five points, one assist and one rebound, Kelly Oubre Jr. was the additional thorn in the Magic’s side throughout the game. Oubre actually led for Charlotte in the first quarter with six points and two rebounds. P.J. Washington also put up six points in the first quarter with three rebounds.

Franz Wagner and Mo Bamba (off the bench) did the heavy lifting for Orlando in the first quarter, each contributing eight points. Bamba also offered three rebounds and was sharp on his shots, going 3 for 3 on all field goals (including his one three-pointer) and 1 for 2 on free throws.

The Magic lagged behind 31-23 by the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Magic turned the ball over seven times to Charlotte’s three. To their credit, Wendell Carter, Jr. posted eight points and two rebounds while Bamba put up six points with four rebounds.

The Magic made a good rescue play with three minutes left in the first half. The Magic had possession of the ball and twice turned over the moment they got in the paint. Jalen Suggs redeemed his team on the second turnover, stealing the ball and bringing it back to the Magic’s paint. His layup attempt got blocked, but Bol Bol came in clutch with the offensive rebound and dunked it in.

While LaMelo was scoreless in the second quarter, he contributed five assists, while Mason Plumlee and Terry Rozier did the scoring with six points each and Plumlee clocking three rebounds.

The Hornets outscored the Magic by five–27-22 points, making the halftime score 58-45. They were 11 for 21 on their field goals and were 5 for 6 on free throws while Orlando was only 9 for 20 on field goals and 3 for 6 on free throws.

 

Second Half

Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley switched things up a little bit in the third quarter, bringing his bench in. Terrence Ross, Caleb Houstan, Kevon Harris and RJ Hampton all got touches. Hampton led in scoring in the third with 10 points while Caleb Houston followed with six points.

The two teams tied each other in assists and even turnovers with four, and the Magic even beat the Hornets in rebounds–16 to their 10–but the Hornets still outscored the Magic by two points by the end of the third. The difference lied in their field goals. The Hornets were 9 for 19 (47.4 percent) on field goals compared to the Magic’s 8 for 27 (29.6 percent). Additionally, the Hornets did fewer three pointers, but they did damage there too, going 2 for 7 on threes compared to Orlando’s 5 for 15. Both teams were 100 percent on free throws (6 of 6 for Charlotte and 3 of 3 for Orlando).

The score landed at 84-69 by the end of the third.

The narrative continued through the fourth quarter. The score reached 104-92 with 2.5 minutes left in the game.

Wendell Carter Jr.’s two free throws finally put the Magic over 100 points with just one minute left. The Hornets scored again, making the score 110-101, and Ball went to the line, missing both. His mistake, though, was diving for the rebound, fouling Bol Bol, who went to the line and sank both free throws, bringing the score to 110-103.

The Hornets defeated the Magic 112-105.

Charlotte’s Mason Plumlee was the team high scorer with a double double on the night, 18 points and 11 rebounds. Terry Rozier and LaMelo Ball followed with 17 points each. Ball contributed nine assists and four rebounds.

 

Orlando Magic Postgame Press Conference

Orlando Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley, Franz Wagner and Mo Bamba speak with the press postgame.

 

 

The Magic end their seven-game homestand Wednesday when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7pm ET.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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Orlando Magic Defeat Phoenix Suns 114-97 in 2nd Consecutive Home Win

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Jalen Suggs makes a layup during the Orlando Magic's match against the Phoenix Suns at Amway Center Friday, November 11, 2022. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.
Jalen Suggs makes a layup during the Orlando Magic's match against the Phoenix Suns at Amway Center Friday, November 11, 2022. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – The Orlando Magic and the Phoenix Suns each came into Friday’s game following a win and want to keep the streak going. The Magic defeated the Mavericks at home Wednesday while the Suns defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road 129-117 Wednesday night.

In that game, Devin Booker clocked 32 points and a season-high 10 assists while Mikal Bridges added 31 points and nine rebounds as Phoenix improved to 1-1 on the road.

Cameron Payne contributed a season-high 23 points along with eight assists and six rebounds. He also managed to play 35 minutes without recording a turnover while playing in Chris Paul’s place, who sat out due to soreness in his right heel.

The Magic are still without Paolo Banchero due to an injured ankle. Head coach Jamahl Mosley said that he doesn’t have timelines for player injuries and therefore give an estimate for Banchero’s return to the court.

 

First Half

The Magic played a strong first half. The scoring lead changed twice between them and the Suns, but the Magic outscored them, ending the first quarter up by seven, 30-23.

While the scoring was in the single digits in the first quarter, Bol Bol showed himself clutch on rebounds, leading with four–the most from either team in the first quarter. Jalen Suggs led in first quarter scoring for the Magic with eight points along with two assists.

Deandre Ayton led in scoring for the Suns with eight points as well. Devon Booker followed with five points and three assists.

Suggs contributed six more points and Bolo Bol followed with an additional five points. The Magic’s biggest lead was 11 points in the second quarter (two more than their biggest lead in the first).

By contrast, the Suns did score one extra point than the Magic in the second quarter, though, 29-28, thanks to Damion Lee scoring six points off the bench in addition to Mikal Bridges scoring 5 points along with six assists.

The Magic entered halftime with a 58-52 lead.

 

Second Half

Wendell Carter came back and put the Magic scoring on his back in the third quarter, leading his team with nine points along with three rebounds and one assist. Chuma Okeke followed with eight points and three rebounds.

The Magic led at the end of the third quarter, 87-74.

The Carter-Wagner combo worked nicely on a play in the fourth in which Carter found an opening between players dead center as he headed into the paint and caught the pass from Wagner, sinking the shot.

By the end of the night, the Magic defeated the Suns 114-97. For the Suns, Cameron Payne totaled 22 points, four assists and three rebounds and Devin Booker followed with 17 points, six assists and eight rebounds for the Suns.

For the Magic, Carter and Bol Bol came away with double doubles on the night (this is Bol’s third for the season), with 20 points and 10 rebounds and 13 points and 15 rebounds, respectively. Franz Wagner followed Carter with 17 points, three assists and five rebounds, while Terrence Ross was also clutch off the bench, contributing 14 points, two assists and two rebounds.

Also, to the Magic’s credit, they played 32 minutes straight with no fouls, an improvement on Coach Mosley’s goal to defend without fouling.

Both Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley and Terrence Ross both credited the “next man up mentality” for Friday night’s win. Mosley also reiterated on the team’s resilience. “The sky’s the limit for us, man,” Wendell Carter, Jr. said postgame of the Magic’s wins against Golden State, Dallas and now Phoenix.

 

Orlando Magic Postgame Press Conference

Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley, Terrence Ross and Wendell Carter, Jr. talked with the media postgame.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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