The NBA G League has announced its schedule for the forthcoming season, including the complete slate for the Lakeland Magic, the Orlando Magic’s new affiliate.
Lakeland’s schedule opens with a brief roadtrip against the Iowa Wolves and Sioux Falls SkyForce on Saturday, November 4th and Monday, November 6th, respectively. Its home opener is set for Friday, November 10th when it hosts the Canton Charge at The Lakeland Center. Overall, Orlando’s minor-league squad will play 24 home games, 24 road games, and an additional two games in Mississauga, Ontario at the G League showcase in January.
Adreian Payne, a three-year NBA veteran most recently of the Minnesota Timberwolves, inked a two-way contract with Orlando on Monday, so he’ll be suiting up for Lakeland when the season tips off.
Previously, the team announced Anthony Parker would serve as Lakeland’s general manager, and Stan Heath would patrol the sidelines as its coach.
Lakeland owns the G League rights to every player which ended the previous season with the Erie BayHawks, as Orlando purchased that club and relocated it. The BayHawks still exist as a new affiliate for the Atlanta Hawks and were thus part of the G League expansion draft. Lakeland lost the rights to former Erie players Luke Harangody and former Magic draft pick Tyler Harvey in that very draft. Harangody is headed back to Erie—yes, it’s all very odd and fun in the way that minor-league sports can be very odd and fun—while Harvey has packed his bags for the Wisconsin Herd, the Milwaukee Bucks’ affiliate.
Season tickets for the Lakeland Magic are available now.