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 8:08 PM EDT.
– Matt Barnes, last update at 9:25 AM EDT on July 2
The Pistons made a pass at Dallas’ Brendan Haywood. Sources say offering their full Mid-Level exception. Haywood met with Dallas yesterday and was promised the starting center job, according to reports, and seem like he’s staying in Dallas.
The Pistons also contacted Magic free agent Matt Barnes and may have a sizable offer for him, using a part of their Mid-Level.
– Steve Blake, last update at 8:08 PM EDT on July 2
Sources say Blake, who averaged 7.3 points and 4.8 assists in 80 games last season with Portland and then with Clippers, is drawing the strongest interest from Orlando, New York and Toronto, with the Lakers and the Bobcats also being in the mix.
With that in mind, Blake, 30, is said to be able to command a contract around the $4.93 million he made last season, something that might not be possible if it were a stronger point-guard class.
John Canzano of the Oregonian says Steve Blake told him he agreed to a four-year deal with the L.A. Lakers. Didn’t mention a price, though it is probably most or all of the MLE. If that’s true, then the only other thing the Lakers can do this summer is sign their own free agents – they could use Adam Morrison, Jordan Farmar, or Derek Fisher in sign-and-trade deals.
The Lakers have won consecutive championships with Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown filling the point guard position, but all three became free agents this summer. Fisher reportedly turned down a one-year, $2.5 million contract offer from the Lakers today, and is in talks with the Cavaliers and Heat. Farmar has been tied only to the Pacers, and was not expected to be retained by L.A. under any scenario. [...]
L.A. is well over the projected salary cap, and as such can only offer Blake a portion or all of its mid-level exception. The Lakers could still keep Fisher if the parties can reach a compromise; as L.A. owns Fisher’s Bird rights, it would not need to use the mid-level or anything exception to sign Fisher to a multi-year deal.
The Los Angeles Lakers did not wait long to replace free agent guard Jordan Farmar, reaching into their fellow Staples Center occupants’ locker room to poach veteran guard Steve Blake from the Clippers. The two sides have agreed on a four-year, $16 million deal, Blake’s agent confirmed, which is fully guaranteed with no options for either side.
Enter Steve Blake. After getting interest from a handful of teams, he’s reportedly agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with the Lakers. The seven-year vet, something of a journeyman in the past, had been solid over the last couple seasons as a part-time starting point guard in Portland, and averaged 6.8 points and 6.1 assists (hitting 43% of his threes) in his recent half-season stint with the Clippers.
Point guard Steve Blake agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with the Lakers, insurance in case free agent Derek Fisher leaves, a person with knowledge of the agreement said. The Blake signing probably takes the Lakers out of th running for sharpshooter Mike Miller, but not entirely, the source said. When deals become official July 8, the Lakers would have the option to work out a sign-and-trade with the Clippers for Blake and still give their mid-level exception to Miller. That scenario, however, appears unlikely. Miller also has attracted significant interest from the Knicks and several other teams.
– Carlos Boozer, last update at 7:34 PM EDT on July 1
Tony Dutt, agent for Rashard Lewis and Brandon Bass, said a rumored sign-and-trade deal between the Magic and the Utah Jazz “has no legs.” Various versions of the rumor have the Magic packaging Marcin Gortat and Bass in a deal for free agent Carlos Boozer, but sources close to the Magic say they aren’t interested in Boozer, a close friend of Dwight Howard‘s.
– C.J. Watson, last update as of 6:56 PM EDT on July 2
Steve Blake agrees to four year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Orlando Magic are now expected to zero in on C.J. Watson.
Check back for updates throughout the day.