Free Agent Notebook, Day 1: J.J. Redick, Amar'e Stoudemire, and More | Magic Basketball

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Jul 01

Free Agent Notebook, Day 1: J.J. Redick, Amar’e Stoudemire, and More

To better make sense of the madness that is free agency, especially considering their historical ramifications within the framework of the NBA, I’m going to aggregate any facts and rumors that pertain to the Orlando Magic into a notebook-type post. The posts will be constructed daily at 12:00 PM EDT and updated throughout the day. Make sure to check back when updates are made available. I’ll post a time-stamp at the beginning of the posts to make it easier for you, the reader, to know about the latest news. I’ll make notifications on Twitter, too. As the free agent period begins to wind down and the Magic fill out their roster, the notebooks will be posted sporadically — every few days or so. I know my friend and former colleague, Ben Q. Rock, is doing a similar thing at Orlando Pinstriped Post (without the updates, I believe) so I’ll try to mix things up as much as possible to avoid redundancy.

Also, if you happen to come across any free agent or trade news related to the Magic, feel free to pass it along in the comments section and you’ll get a hat tip in the post for the scoop.

With that said, let’s get to it.

UPDATED as of 6:34 PM EDT.

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– Matt Barnes, last update at 4:16 PM EDT on July 1

Via Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD:

Barnes is an unrestricted free agent and Orlando must make a decision regarding his future with the organization. He has spoken with Magic general manager Otis Smith about a new contract and the ball is now in the team’s court.

“Yes, we spoke,” Barnes told HOOPSWORLD on Wednesday afternoon. “At this point in time, I know that there is interest as far as me wanting to be back and them wanting me. Those first tier guys are going to draw all of the attention for the first few weeks so I’m just sitting back like everybody else and waiting to see where they go. But there definitely are some teams interested. The way I feel, I’m Orlando’s to lose. They know I want to be there and if they step up and make something happen then I’ll be back.”

Via Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD:

One player that may not find a deal is free agent Matt Barnes, as much as Matt wants to return, there does not seem to be any urgency from the Magic to sign him and Barnes has said repeatedly, as much as he’d like to stay in Orlando, he will take the first long term deal offered his way.

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– Steve Blake, last update at 1:11 PM EDT on July 1

Via Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD:

Sources close to the Orlando Magic peg Clippers’ guard Steve Blake as the team’s primary free agent acquisition. Sources say the Magic could offer a similar package to what was given to Brandon Bass last summer ($4 years roughly $16 million). Blake is expected to have several suitors this week and may make a a visit to Orlando early in the process.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

The Los Angeles Lakers are smitten with signing free-agent point guard Steve Blake, but sources believe Blake would have to take less money than the Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic and New York Knicks could be willing to offer.

Via Jason Fleming of HOOPSWORLD:

Add Steve Blake to the list of unexpectedly hot properties. The Lakers seem to be interested in him as well as the Magic. It seems like his market looks to me MLE at the minimum. Can’t imagine anyone would go more than that, but you never know.

Via Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD:

Yes, Steve Blake is in Orlando. But before Magic fans start getting excited by these sightings, his visit has nothing to do with basketball. He is in town as the best man of his friend’s wedding and it’s a total coincidence. This isn’t a business trip, though sources say Orlando would like to meet with the point guard in the next few weeks

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– Carlos Boozer, last update at 4:16 EDT on July 1

Via Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD:

[Dwight] Howard has become very close with Utah’s Carlos Boozer. Boozer has stayed at Dwight’s house during the playoffs for the last two years, and the duo even trained together this summer with Rocket’s legend Hakeem Olajuwon.

Howard has made it clear he’d like to see Boozer in Orlando, and sources close to the situation say that if Boozer cannot reach a deal quickly to re-sign with the Utah Jazz, he’d push hard for a deal in Central Florida too.

Boozer is expected to meet with the Bulls, Knicks, HEAT and Nets in the next 48 hours and could have more than enough offers to make Utah sweat losing him for nothing, so if the Magic want to get Boozer, there seems to be a window if the Jazz don’t pony up a new six-year offer.

Via Chad Ford of ESPN Insider:

Jazz free agent Carlos Boozer was bombarded with calls Wednesday night. The Jazz, Bulls, Heat, Nets and Knicks all made their calls. The Nets and Heat are considered the frontrunners for Boozer as far as teams with cap space go. But don’t be surprised to see Boozer heading to a team like the Orlando Magic. The Jazz would like to re-sign Boozer. But if they can’t, they’ll actively pursue a sign-and-trade to get something back for Boozer.

The Magic have been offering Marcin Gortat, Brandon Bass, the expiring contract of Vince Carter to interested teams. The Jazz may also have interest in a sign-and-trade for J.J. Redick. They still need a shooter to replace Kyle Korver.

Via Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD:

One rumor that seemed to be picking up steam involved Carlos Boozer to Orlando in a sign-and-trade. Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, and Brandon Bass were mentioned as possible pieces that have been discussed. But just as outlets like ESPN and the Deseret News picked up the story, sources close to the situation are starting to doubt if the rumor has any legs. Tony Dutt, who represents Brandon Bass, doesn’t buy the rumor involving his client. “Nothing is there. It’s absolutely nothing,” Dutt told HOOPSWORLD on Thursday afternoon. Whether or not the rumors are true, don’t expect any moves out of Orlando in the coming days.

Via Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

There are “no legs” to reports that Bass could be sent to Utah in a sign-and-trade for Boozer, a person with knowledge of Orlando’s strategy said. But given Howard’s preference for Boozer, it’s too early to completely dismiss the scenario.

Via Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD:

There has been a lot of talk over the past 48-hours about Carlos Boozer landing in Orlando…

Sources close to the situation said they just do not see it happening, saying that GM Otis Smith does not believe Magic coach Stan Van Gundy wants to change the Magic’s style of play, a style that’s won 59 games in each of the last two seasons, and he’s not going to push Stan like that.

The belief from Central Florida is that the Magic will be “value” shoppers and try and add pieces after the initial “overpay for talent” rush ends.

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– Keyon Dooling, last update at 8:40 PM EDT on June 30

Via Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD:

Sources close to recently released Nets’ guard Keyon Dooling say that he is planning a return to Florida, his first choice is to re-sign with the Orlando Magic, a team he has not stopped following since leaving the Magic in 2008.

Sources says Keyon is not looking for a huge payday, but feels confident he can land with the Magic or the HEAT, even if that’s for less than market value.

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– Chris Paul, last update on 4:14 PM EDT on July 1

Via Chad Ford of ESPN Insider:

The Hornets no longer need to trade Paul for financial reasons. The trade they made on draft night with the Oklahoma City Thunder got them out of the luxury tax, so that’s no longer the issue.

The issue is whether Paul is now unhappy enough to force a trade. The Blazers believe he is and will continue to pursue a Paul deal. They won’t be alone.

The Magic also have been pursuing Paul and Okafor, offering expiring contracts and Jameer Nelson. And there are two other teams that could offer the Hornets even more.

Via Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

The Magic are quietly exploring sign-and-trade scenarios that would rid the team of Vince Carter and his $17.3 million contract for next season, sources say. Short of that, team officials have indicated that they’re willing to further explore more playing time for power forward Brandon Bass, who languished on the bench much of last season. The move would involve moving Rashard Lewis back to his natural small-forward. In addition to elite point guard Chris Paul, who tops his offseason wish list, Dwight Howard has told management he wants the team to pursue a post-up scorer at the power forward position. If GM Otis Smith is unable to acquire Howard’s choice for that role, Carlos Boozer, the Magic could counter by utilizing Bass more than they did last season.

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– Amar’e Stoudemire, last update on 10:30 PM EDT on June 30

Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

After opting out of his contract on Wednesday, Stoudemire is set to meet with several teams, sources said. The Suns have offered him a five-year maximum contract with injury protections in the fifth year. Nevertheless, Stoudemire has been slow to commit to Suns owner Robert Sarver, whose financial commitment to compete with the Western Conference elite has been unclear.

Several teams without salary-cap space, including Cleveland, Orlando and Houston are interested in making presentations to Stoudemire. They hope to acquire him through sign-and-trades.

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– J.J. Redick, last update on 9:36 AM EDT on July 1

Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Wallace has yet to file retirement papers, so the $6.32 million owed him next season and $6.79 million in 2011-12 would come off a team’s books after Wallace is traded to them. They could do a deal and not take on his money. Ainge is trying to use the Wallace contract to bring back a power forward or center to replace Wallace and the injured Kendrick Perkins.

The Celtics could then use their midlevel exception for a different player. Several sources believe that Ainge’s target is Orlando’s J.J. Redick, who is a restricted free agent.

Via Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD:

Sources close to the Celtics say that while bringing unrestricted free agent Ray Allen back is important, if the price tag gets too high the C’s may go younger with those dollars and have zeroed in on Orlando’s J.J. Redick.

Word is the Celtics may have made initial contact last night and could offer Redick a full Mid-Level Exception deal if things with Ray Allen don’t come together quickly.

The Magic issued Redick a $3.8 million Qualifying Offer sheet last week, so they would have the right to match any deals Redick receives on the open market, and would not be tied to any salary restrictions in keeping him.

If a team makes an offer, the Magic would have seven days to decide whether to match the deal or pass.

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– C.J. Watson, last update on 6:34 PM EDT on July 1

Via John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com:

Upgrading the depth behind standout point guard Jameer Nelson is a major point of emphasis. Golden State restricted free agent C.J. Watson is a target of the Smith’s as is veteran Steve Blake. Smith admitted that the team was active just after midnight Thursday, the start of the free-agent courting period, expressing “interest to the guys that we really like.”

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Check back for updates throughout the day.

23 comments
jose garcia
jose garcia

i think the only person they should trade is johnson i mean theyre starting line ups are great maybe if they put mikael pietrues instead of matt barnes but for sure i wouldnt let jj redick go maybe vc he only had one good game when he shined that was his 48 points put what did he do on the conference finas nothing maybe they should get cp3 but after that i really dont htink they need anybody else they just need to stop taking so many three pointers and give howard more the ball in the paint

Brandon
Brandon

What are the updates on the Magic?

Emmanuel Tirado
Emmanuel Tirado

Thanks Eddy; I’m looking forward to mid Season dead line to see what it’s really needed for the Magic in case it might not be a lot of changes before the season starts. In my opinion they are close to become the most complete Team in the league by far, but my concern is the PF/C positions and maybe if we don't get Bosh or any other good PF a quick solution is tweaking the rotations between Gortat, Lewis, Anderson and Howard.

I think Gortat can play more minutes in the PF position while switching Lewis on the wing with Dwight Howard at Center will work and once Dwight is on the bench we can slide Gortat on C, Anderson on PF and Barnes (I hope stays with the team) on the wing position, don't get me wrong I don't have anything against Bass because he brings a needed presence on the post but we really need a bigger lineup and I don't see him doing well in Van Gundy System., also I heard a rumor that Gortat is working on his shooting range this off season, I wonder if Lewis is improving his Defense and rebounding because that’s its what is needed from him. Re-signing Reddick is a good idea but I prefer prioritizing more on a good Point Guard and a true Center that definitely will required trading Bass, If Reddick doesn't resign then we can give those minutes to VC and Pietrus and I think they will do better with more minutes for both at the Shooting Guard position and give the 3 to Barnes/Lewis and Robinson.

This is my Fantasy Line up:
PG Nelson/Williams/CJ Watson/
SG Carter/Pietrus/Summer league prospect
SF Lewis/Barnes/Robinson
PF Vazquez/Gortat/Lewis/Anderson/Orton
C Howard/Gortat/Vazquez/Orton

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Emmanuel Tirado

Vazquez is an intriguing prospect, because he clearly can play in the NBA and could be a viable replacement for Marcin Gortat. Unfortunately, Vazquez has shown no desire to come from overseas and leave Spain. I doubt Vazquez will ever be seen in a Magic uniform, which is a shame, because he'd be one of the better centers in the league. I know Otis Smith gets blasted for the pick all the time but he'd look like a genius if Vazquez ever came over.

Emmanuel Tirado
Emmanuel Tirado

Hey Eddy; whats up with Fran Vazquez, I wonder if he will ever play on a Magic roster, I really want the Magic to improve on the Power forward position so they can match up well with the Celtics and Lakers or any team that have taller players, and by the way I dont want to see VC gone because I know he can do better.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@yogi

No chance. That trade doesn't make sense for either team. It's a lateral move.

yogi
yogi

rashard lewis and nelson to the jazz.
magic should get deron williams and boozer.
is there a possibility of this happening?
d-will is a great PG and boozer is a true PF, though he wont shoot the 3's can give the magic 18 points and 10 rebs every game.
i dunno how many 10 reb games rashard lewis has had with the magic.

Brandon
Brandon

@Eddy Rivera
Good point, you've changed my mind. :)

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Tim Zeep

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@Brandon

I'd rather have Paul, too.

I think Boozer can fit because of his ability to spread the floor when needed. Boozer isn't a three-point shooter, of course, but a tweak in the Magic's philosophy on offense should be enough to allow for him and Howard to be able to play off of each other in the post. Van Gundy is one of the best coaches in the NBA and if need be, he can alter the system to fit the talent he has on the roster.

Brandon
Brandon

@Tim Zeep
Who cares? A lot of information here that I did not see anywhere else.

Tim Zeep
Tim Zeep

Are you ever going to do some actual reporting? Every blog post on this site is always just quoting another story from a real site.

Brandon
Brandon

@Eddy Rivera
How would Boozer fit? I would rather get Chris Paul before Boozer. Stan like the Magics 3 point shooting.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Brandon

Tyrus Thomas? No way.

Amare isn't injury prone, not compared to other players in the league. Aside from missing the 2005-2006 season, Stoudemire's health has been fine ... he just had a freak injury last year. Boozer fits with the Magic. And no offense, but your suggestion of acquiring Anthony and Smith has no basis in reality. Why the heck would the Nuggets trade 'Melo and Smith for Carter, Lewis, and Redick? It doesn't work financially and it makes little sense from a talent standpoint.

Brandon
Brandon

I think that the Magic should go after Tyrus Thomas. Amare is injury prone. Boozer does not fit the Magic at all. I would trade, Rashard, Vince, and JJ (sign and trade) and a pick for J.R Smith and Carmelo. Then trade Gortat for a starting SG and have JR Smith backup the SG position or vice versa. Pietrus can backup at SF.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Phillip

LeBron isn't coming here. Neither is Bosh.

@Billy (slickw143)

Cleveland is saving face ... they don't want to be a franchise that traded LeBron away. That's partly the reason why the Cavaliers won't execute a sign-and-trade.

@jax502

I'm iffy with Boozer, too.

@Rob

Carter and Nelson for Paul wouldn't work. The Hornets are looking to unload Okafor's contract if they were to trade CP3.

@sep69

Don't really care about Nelson? Really? Don't care about, arguably, the second best player on the Magic during the playoffs? Don't care that he was one of the main reasons why Orlando even had an outside shot of coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the Conference Finals? No offense, but that line of thinking doesn't make much sense to me.

sep69
sep69

i'm hoping that jj will stay in orlando, don't really care about vince or nelson... jj will soon be a starter (in my opinion)

Rob
Rob

Trade Vince/Nelson get cp3 and if utah is going to lose boozer try to trade Gortat/Bass along with a sign and trade with jj!

jax502
jax502

We might need to start a "Keep JJ" campaign soon. I'd love for him to stay with the team but I guess we'll see what happens next. I'm kinda iffy about the Boozer deal. We'll see...

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

We don't have the assets for a sign and trade for Bosh it seems, and the Cavs reportedly refuse to do a sign and trade involving LeBron. They're playing the card that if he wants to leave, he'll have to take less money to do so.

Phillip
Phillip

I'd love to see any of these moves with the exception of JJ leaving the team. Why not go after the really big fish like Lebron and Bosh?? Surely Lebron would love to form a dynasty with Dwight.