Former Magic 1st Round Pick, Fran Vazquez Announces His Retirement

In 2005, the Magic drafted international sensation Fran Vazquez 11th overall. Magic fans waited and waited, and he never came to the states. Now the 20 year pro is calling it quits.

If you've listened to us on this station for long enough, you've probably heard us make a Fran Vazquez joke or two. To us, he was like Big Foot, more a myth than a real basketball player.

Here's an interesting walk down memory lane provided by

August 3, 2000:The 2005 first-round pick of the Orlando Magic was traded straight up to the Toronto Raptors for 21-year-old swingman Tracy McGrady. The Raptors decided to turn their team over to McGrady’s cousin, Vince Carter, a burgeoning superstar, and intended to stash this future asset in exchange for the talented but raw McGrady. In retrospect, the Magic clearly got the better of the deal, as McGrady was an All Star all four seasons he played for them and won two individual scoring titles during his tenure. Now retired, he has a very solid case for a berth in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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