Southeast Notes: Magic, Wizards, Beal, Hawks

The Magic‘s in-season moves in 2015/16 signaled that the team was prepared to be ambitious in free agency this summer, and new head coach Frank Vogel didn’t shy away from that topic in his introductory news conference, writes Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel. “We’ve got cap flexibility to add a key veteran or two or three,” Vogel said.

In the view of Magic CEO Alex Martins, Orlando’s rebuilding process has been leading up to this phase, which will revolve around adding veterans to the club’s young core. “We always believed that this summer and next summer were going to be the two summers of free agency for us that we needed to focus on after developing our young guys,” Martins said. Still, as Robbins details, the Magic won’t be the only NBA team armed with plenty of cap space this summer, and it remains to be seen whether Orlando will be able to attract the sort of veteran free agents it wants to add.

Here’s more from around the Southeast:

  • The Wizards “remain determined to keep their core intact,” multiple sources tell J. Michael of That means the team will likely pony up to retain Bradley Beal this summer, even if it means making him a max player or something close to it.
  • Ben Standig of believes the Wizards should take a long look at free-agent-to-be Nicolas Batum this offseason, breaking down the forward’s pros and cons and making the case for why he could be a fit in Washington.
  • Former Maryland center Diamond Stone has a workout scheduled today with the Hawks, a league source tells Chris Haynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer (Twitter link). Stone is one of many NCAA underclassmen who didn’t withdraw from draft consideration before Wednesday’s deadline.
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