The Orlando Magic have hired Bill Burgos as their new strength and conditioning coach, the Orlando Sentinel has learned.
Burgos spent the last two seasons as the New York Knicks' strength and conditioning coach.
He was the Magic's strength and conditioning intern during the 2009-10 season, and he was promoted to strength and conditioning coordinator for the next season.
Burgos will replace Joe Rogowski, who is leaving the Magic to join the Houston Rockets.
Buyouts for Magic forwards Hedo Turkoglu and Al Harrington are not imminent.
From the Magic's perspective, there's no immediate deadline.
If the team cuts Turkoglu now, the team would be obligated to pay him just $6 million of his $12 million salary for the upcoming season, which is the final year of Turkoglu's deal.
If the team cuts Harrington now, it would be obligated to pay him $3.57 million of his $7.15 million salary for the 2013-14 season and $3.8 million of his $7.6 million salary for the 2014-15 season.
Turkoglu's and Harrington's salaries for 2013-14 won't become guaranteed for their full amounts until early January, when all of the league's non-guaranteed salaries and partially guaranteed salaries become fully guaranteed for the season.
Why would Turkoglu agree to a buyout for less than the $6 million figure? Opportunities to sign a free-agent deal elsewhere could dwindle the longer it takes for him to hit the free-agent market.
Of all the members of the Boston Celtics, maybe no player knows new head coach Brad Stevens better than Courtney Lee.
Lee is from Indianapolis and played some state tournament games at Butler University's Hinkle Fieldhouse when Stevens worked as an assistant coach at the school. Stevens went on to become Butler's head coach in April 2007 and eventually led the Bulldogs to two runner-up finishes in the NCAA Tournament.
"I've known him for years," Lee said before the Celtics faced the Indiana Pacers in a summer league game Tuesday.
"Indianapolis is a huge basketball city, and now that he's bringing that to Boston, I look forward to it. I'm just hoping that it will translate well. I know he's excited, and I know we're excited to get back to work and have a new start."
Lee and Stevens exchanged text messages after the Celtics made the hire. On Monday night, Lee and Celtics teammate Jeff Green spent some time talking with Stevens, and on Tuesday, the three of them walked from the team hotel to Amway Center.
Lee's career has stagnated after his rookie season with the Magic, a season in which he started on the team that reached the NBA Finals. He signed with the Celtics last summer, and he didn't play as well as he wanted to in 2012-13.
He hopes Stevens' arrival will give him a fresh start.
Lee makes his offseason home in Central Florida, and he remains close with former Magic teammate Dwight Howard.
Lee said he's happy that Howard has chosen to sign with the Houston Rockets and should have some stability.
"Dwight's been through a lot the last few years," Lee said. "I actually was speaking with him not too long ago, before he made his decision, and we talked about everything. I kind of knew that he was going to pick Houston, but I wasn't allowed to say. I'm happy that he got that weight off his shoulders."
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