Orlando Magic: Team Looking to Buy Homeless Shelter, Would Greatly Benefit City

By Ryan Heckman


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The Orlando Magic haven’t done much during the offseason. The team got their top target in drafting Victor Oladipo second overall, but outside of that haven’t made any big moves. Still, hope for the future is bright and come next summer, they are in great position to add another solid draftee and maybe even lure a free agent or two into town.

For the Magic, a bright future means everything, and that is why the team’s attorneys met with the CEO of Orlando’s Rescue Mission Thursday in negotiations to purchase the homeless shelter.

The Mission’s CEO Allen Harden likes the possibility of the Magic acquiring them and calls it a “win-win for everyone, as long as the prices is right,” according to CFNEWS13. 

The facility at the moment is an old hotel that was built in the 1960’s in need of some renovations. Harden said he was very excited about the potential of having a new facility so that they can continue to help more and more people. “We have a great relationship with the Magic,” said Harden. “Now, it just comes down to who pays for what.”

Magic spokesperson Joel Glass would not give fine details about the official numbers being discussed, but said that the talks were headed in the right direction at the moment. “The project represents a positive $100 million investment by the Magic and its partners that would create jobs, provide dining hotel and entertainment options,” said Glass.

Harden said that right now it is up to the financial aspects, that’s really all that is left to nail down. He seemed real keen on the phrase “who pays for what” in describing his thoughts on the matter.

What we do know, for now, is that the Magic are in the process of doing something great for their city and it will give their fans just another reason to love their team.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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