Less than 24 hours after their schedule for the season was released, the Orlando Magic announced their eight game preseason schedule. The Magic will play four games on the road, including their first three, and play four at home.
To open the preseason up, the Magic will travel down south to play their in-state rival, and re-tooled, Miami Heat on October 7th. They will follow that game up with a trip to Indiana to take on the Pacers and make a pitstop in Charlotte to take on the newly rebranded Hornets on October 12th.
Their first home game of the preseason will be against Brazilian League Champions Flamengo on October 15th. Two days later, they’ll host former Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy and the Detroit Pistons, before shooting up to Pennsylvania for a date with the 76ers the following night.
To warp up the preseason, the Magic will host two former players, and key cogs in the machine that carried the Magic to the Eastern Conference finals two years in a row, and the NBA Finals in 2009. First, Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets will come to town on October 22nd. It will be Howard’s third game in Orlando since being traded by the team just over two years ago.
Their preseason finale will fall on October 24th when Jameer Nelson and the Dallas Mavericks come to town. Earlier this summer, the Magic waived Nelson, their long time point guard, to continue their youth movement.
Tickets for all preseason games will go on sale Friday, August 15th. The team will open up training camp on September 30th at Amway Center.