User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Golf
Auto
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Magic could try to move up into top 3

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Orlando Magic's rebuilding effort is in its third offseason with first-time general manager Rob Hennigan leading the way.

Advertisement
Thursday's draft will be by far the biggest moment of the draft-centric approach he put into place after his arrival that has included a pair of lottery picks for one of the deepest classes in recent memory.

But after missing out on a spot to select in the top three, Hennigan acknowledged Wednesday that trying to move up or down from the No. 4 and 12 spots is possible.

''Everything's really fluid at the moment,'' Hennigan said. ''I think there's a possibility we could select at (No.) 4 and (No.) 12, and I think there's a possibility that one or both of those picks could be in play. So our job ... is to prioritize what we feel is the best opportunity for us, and then go ahead and try to capitalize on that.''

Despite being at No. 4, a month ago the Magic seemed to still be in good position to land one of the top-rated players in the draft. That was before big man Joel Embiid's recent foot surgery.

Hennigan said the impact ''makes an already unpredictable night even more unpredictable.''

What it has likely done is move up players Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum on draft boards.

That would complicate things for the Magic.

Once considered a possible No. 1 pick by Cleveland, if teams are scared off by the injury and Embiid is not selected high, the Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks or Philadelphia 76ers could take a player the Magic thought would be there at No. 4.

A handful of teams have sought and received Embiid's medical reports from his agent, but Hennigan declined to say if Orlando was one of them.

''I'm not gonna comment on what information we have. I will say that we do have information, and we're analyzing it, and we'll continue to gather more information leading up to (Thursday) night,'' he said.

Whatever happens, it will almost certainly impact at least some of the Magic's few veterans.

Shooting guard Arron Afflalo's name has been mentioned as a possible trade chip should the Magic try to move up.

Also, if the Magic select a point guard on Thursday it could impact what happens to Jameer Nelson, who has only a partially-guaranteed contract for next season. Orlando would owe him only $2 million of his $8 million salary if he's waived by July 15.

Hennigan again declined to speculate, saying only that he thinks ''everything is connected'' as far as the draft and the future of the players on the roster.

Regardless, Hennigan said the overall plan going forward remains the same.

''I think the big thing for us is to just stay the course - continue to add to the team, continue to improve the team, and do it in a fashion that allows us to show improvement, (and) allows us to play in more meaningful games next season,'' he said. ''But at the same time we don't want to skip steps. We don't want to compromise our vision to build a competitive team for a long time.

''If there's an opportunity out there that will allow us to speed that up - great. If not, I think onus is on us to continue to chip away and stay disciplined.''

---

Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/khightower

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Mejia: Dinero Talks - NBA All-Star Game
News: All-Star Game History
Sportsbook: Sunday's All-Star Game
LaVine takes flight, wins 2nd dunk contest
Thompson beats Curry to win 3-point title
Rookie Towns wins Skills Competition
Anthony has no plans to leave Knicks
LaVine, US beat Wiggins, World 157-154
Canada tops US in All-Star celeb game
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
11-2 Streak, 61% +1,903 TY
11-1 L12, 19-6 L25 Guarantees
7-2 L9 Picks, 6-2 L8 G-Plays
15-2 L17 Guaranteed Run
16-5 L21, 47-22 Run, 23-8 G-Plays
19-8 L27, 26-12 L38 Run
10-4 L14 Picks, +1,525 Overall TY
4-1 L5 Picks, +1,070 This Year
27-15 L42 Picks, 14-7 L21 G-Plays
3-0 L3 Picks, 12-4 L16 Totals
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks
2015 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 1903
Chip Chirimbes + 1525
Don Anthony + 1070
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 680
Chip Chirimbes + 480
Alex Smart + 269
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Paul Bovi 61 %
Joe Nelson 58 %
Greg Smith 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 1499
Marc Lawrence + 624
Vince Akins + 583
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1371
Vince Akins + 1263
Stephen Nover + 1065
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mark Franco + 1632
Kevin Rogers + 1196
The Gold Sheet + 859
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership