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A Look at the Orlando Magic’s Roster and Assets as of Today

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The 2010 NBA Draft has come and gone, which means it’s time to focus entirely on free agency. The Orlando Magic won’t be among the primary teams vying for the services of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and others, barring a sign-and-trade that falls from the heavens. But it’s worth reviewing all the notable assets the Magic have at their disposal, as well as taking a look at what the roster looks like right now.

Roster:

Position Starter Backup Backup
Point Guard Jameer Nelson
Shooting Guard Vince Carter J.J. Redick*
Small Forward Mickael Pietrus Stanley Robinson**
Power Forward Rashard Lewis Ryan Anderson Brandon Bass
Center Dwight Howard Marcin Gortat Daniel Orton

*restricted free agent
**second round draft picks are not guaranteed contracts

Assets:

— Mid-Level exception (value to be revealed on July 7)
— Bi-Annual exception ($2,080,000 million)
— Veteran’s minimum (amount varies)
— Traded Player exception ($6,840,200 million; expires on July 9)
— Fran Vazquez (No. 11 pick in the 2005 NBA Draft)
— future draft picks

19 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Emmanuel Tirado

We'll see.

@Martin

Redick is not a defensive liability. And because you're a self-proclaimed Duke hater, my apologies if I take your opinion with a grain of salt. Almost every criticism you have of Redick is unfounded, one way or the other.

@Justin

What? The Magic's efficiency differential in 2010 was +8.1, which was first in the NBA. The efficiency differential in 2009 was +7.3, so you're statement that Orlando was better this year than last year isn't correct.

I hope you do realize that the Magic were better with Carter, not only with his skill-set but also from a financial perspective. Instead of having to deal with the four years left on Turkoglu's contract, Orlando has an asset with Carter's expiring contract. And he's better than Turkoglu, so not only did the Magic get the superior player but have more financial flexibility.

How is Redick overrated? Redick has become an excellent role player in the NBA.

Turkoglu is a great defensive player? No, Turkoglu is not.

Lewis sucked this year? Not exactly. Lewis' per minute numbers this year were nearly the same as last year's numbers. The stats declined for Lewis because his minutes went down, plus he became the fourth option offensively for Orlando. I have no clue, especially after this season, why there are some people that insist the Magic would have been better off with Turkoglu.

Justin
Justin

All I'm going to say is, they weren't as good this year as they were last year. They should have kept Turkoglu and Lee instead of trading them for Vince Carter. Vince Carter is pretty good at the 3-pointers and all but it won't get far without the defensive skills of Turkoglu and they already have a great 3-point shooter, Rashard Lewis. Well yeah, only one great 3-point shooter (J.J. Redick, he's kind of overrated in my opinion, just getting a few shots every now and then) but it will get further with a great defensive player (Turkoglu, Lee, Nelson). Also Rashard Lewis sucked this year cause of Vince, he was replaced by Vince, all the shots went to Vince, no improvements. All I'm basically saying is the Magic would have been better off just keeping Turkoglu and having all the shots go to Lewis :)

Martin
Martin

@Eddy Rivera

I can't count the number of times JJ would get beat off pick n rolls or simply Ray Allen running him around for a wide open lay up under the basket. He put up a few cute points every now and again, but he's a defensive liability who dribbles into corners causing our offense to go out of whack. He rarely finds the open man, and he cant dribble. JMO, but I am a self proclaimed Duke-Hater, so take it for what its worth :-)

Emmanuel Tirado
Emmanuel Tirado

I still believe that Vince Carter is capable to contributed as a starting shooting guard, on my opinion his first season as a Magic was a learning proccess to learn Van Gundy's system, he understands that he doesnt have to be the number #1 option on offense because its Howard, Nelson and Lewis team. VC shows he's unselfish, some of the things that I see from Carter is that he draws a lot of attention from opposing defense that makes easy for his teamates to find better shots, Come On Guys... lets not forget about Vinsanity and what's his capable of, this season will be the one that VC will prove his value.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Anthony Ellis

Starting Bass at power forward isn't the answer. I'm open to acquiring a premiere power forward, because that's one of the ways the Magic can improve as a team. Moving Bass into the lineup is nothing more than a lateral move, at best.

Anthony Ellis
Anthony Ellis

I hope that Otis has a trick up his sleeve because we will need it to compete with all the moves and tricks these free agents will present! I think we need to re-sign J.J and Matt Barnes and then ship Pietrus, Gortat and Nelson for a top 3 free agent! Also start Bass a PF!

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Samo

Highly doubt that Smith and Van Gundy will be goners, regardless of what happens in the upcoming season, unless the Magic fall completely flat on their face, which won't happen. And Smith shouldn't have waited a year to make a move because Orlando still would be in the current position that they're in -- looking to acquire a big-time player via a sign-and-trade deal. Smith made the right decision in acquiring Carter, but the move didn't work out. It happens.

@Eyriq

That lineup wouldn't fare well defensively.

@Craig

Why? Anderson has shown he's more than capable of starting at power forward and being productive.

@Martin

-- Redick was DEFINITELY NOT the most overrated player on the Magic. I don't know what games you were watching, but that opinion is way off-based.
-- You can't combine a player with the trade exception.
-- Bass shouldn't start at power forward. He's not the answer.

Martin
Martin

Eyriq...are you kidding? That is the worst lineup we could put out there. We have been much too soft in losing to the Lakers and Celts in the last 2 postseasons, you really think a middle 3 consisting of Reddick, Lewis, and Anderson would be worth 2 craps? Hell no, this is what the Magic need to do: let JJ walk, he was the most overrated player in a Magic uniform last year. Create some sort of package to send Gortat out of town either coupled with the trade exception for a sign-and-trade with a fairly big guard name...(Joe Johnson type) or for a solid contributer. Give Bass the nod as the starting PF. Or if possible package up Jameer, Gortat, or even Pietrus for a Chris Paul...unlikely though. So a starting 5 of:

Nelson/Johnson or Carter/Lewis/Bass/Howard

...also bring back Barnes! and if possible, get rid of Carter...but that may be a midseason type trade option with his expiring contract.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

@Absolute

Uhhh yes, I'm aware. It still can't be used in conjunction with another player. We can't use it combined with Gortat for Bosh or anything like that. We can only use it straight up for another player worth at most the value of the exception. So that means a player below $7 million in salary this year.

Craig
Craig

Dont mind that lineup but not a big fan of Anderson as a starting PF.

Eyriq
Eyriq

I'd be content with matching Redick, moving Carter to the bench, plugging in Anderson, and moving Rashard to the 3. Nelson/Redick/Lewis/Anderson/Howard

Best offense in the NBA, and with Dwight anchoring the D not much of a drop off on that end to get there.

Samo
Samo

I guess we will find out in the next week or so how this will play out. I still think we will acquire top talent in a form or another. If we don't mock my words Eddy. Either Otis Smith or Stan Van Gundy will be goners, don't get my wrong. I like them both very much, but someone will have to answer for us being over the luxury tax and not winning a championship. Otis got the ok to go over, just as long as that means us winning a championship. It hasn't happened yet, and it won't, that's a fact, unless we get ourselves some much needed help. Otis should have waited for this year to come around before making a big splash in the roster. We still would have been a very competitive team last season without all those big changes. Otis knows this and that's why I really believe he will make some major tweaks to make this team a championship team this coming season. Go Otis, get us some much needed help. Magic fan for life.

Absolute
Absolute

@Billy

We got the trade exception from Toronto.

July 10, 2009|By Brian Schmitz, Sentinel Staff Writer
Hedo Turkoglu officially left the Orlando Magic, but he didn't leave them empty-handed.

The Magic received some valuable compensation for Turkoglu after signing him to a five-year, $53 million contract and then trading him to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.

Instead of letting him walk as a free agent, the Magic acquired a large trade exception from the Raptors as part of a multi-team, multi-player deal.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

For people unaware, the trade exception cannot be used in combination WITH another player. It has to be used straight-up FOR another player. I.E. Last season's trade for Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson was actually two separate trades. One was Vince for Alston, Battie, and Lee. The 2nd trade was Ryan Anderson for the Keyon Dooling exception from the year before.

The chances are very remote that the Magic will get in on the free-agent bonanza. Teams aren't going to want to help us out unless we're offering the best package available, and we don't have the best package available for most teams. I honestly think the Chris Paul deal has more chance of happening than any other key player this off-season.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Samo

The issue with Carter is that he has little to no value at this point, and sign-and-trades usually merit compensation from teams that want to make sure they get something back instead of seeing their free agents walk away from nothing. As for the trade exception, it's there to be used but it's not free money and it can't be combined with anything ... so the odds of Otis Smith using it are small. I think questioning whether or not Smith will be out of a job next summer is ridiculous, given that he and Stan Van Gundy are big reasons why the Magic are enjoying a great era of prosperity. There will be changes, but it remains to be seen how major or minor they are.

Samo
Samo

@Eddy

I know what your sayin. But I still think we have a very good chance at getting a big fish. We have Carter's expiring contract which is worth $17 million, and we also have that huge trade exception worth almost $7 mil. So I don't see why we can't fish with the big dogs. We also have numerous pieces that we can trade, we have Gortat which is very attractive, we also have J.J, so the sky is the limit. We could really make something special happen if Otis plays all his cards right, and I know he will. He wants Howard happy, and I know he will do everything possible to do that. If he does nothing, we will be fishing early next April, May. Chicago, Miami, New York, and possibly New Jersey will be much better next season. If we don't get better, come June Otis Smith will be looking for a new job. He really is on the line right now. So I'm certain we will be much better next year. You know and I know, if we don't make any big moves, we won't have a better run then we had this season. Defenetly look for big changes.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Alex

It's easy, because the likelihood of the Magic landing one of the big-hitters in free agency is unlikely. The only player where there is a slight hint of a possibility is Bosh, but that's about it.

@Samo

There's conversation, and then there's the actuality of a move happening. Otis Smith will surely do his due diligence and engage in talks with free agents like any good general manager would do, but people need to be realistic. Barring a sign-and-trade, there's almost no chance that the Magic land a player like Bosh or whoever else -- too many variables and competing elements.

Samo
Samo

The Orlando Magic are in a real good situation to land one of those big names in a sign- and-trade. Why do you think the've been talking to the Raptors for? I'm sure ur smart enough to figure out it's not for Turk. The real reason is Bosh, Otis totaly ignored that question on draft night. So come on you can't be serious when you say the Magic don't have any of those big names on their radar. Otis has something big up his sleeve and I'm sure he'll blow everyone away with what he will do.

Alex
Alex

It's way too easy to say the Magic won't be in contention for one of the top tier free agents. Go back and view the list of assets you just named. They have an expiring contract attached to a player who is still serviceable in the right situation. They have a top tier PG on a great contract. They have a promising big man on a MLE deal. Another defensive wing on an MLE deal. Future draft picks, etc. They are in prime position if they choose so.