- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “The Orlando Magic’s agreement with free-agent point guard Chris Duhon could make it far more difficult for the team to re-sign popular small forward Matt Barnes. Magic General Manager Otis Smith said that he plans to use part of the team’s midlevel exception to acquire Duhon rather than package the team’s existing trade exception in a sign-and-trade deal with the New York Knicks. Duhon’s agent, Kevin Bradbury, said Duhon will complete a four-year, $15 million deal with the Magic on Thursday, the first day teams can sign free agents to new contracts. Duhon’s salary will leave fewer resources for the Magic to use if they want to bring back Barnes.”
- Assistant coach Patrick Ewing: “[Daniel Orton] has to pick up his energy, in my opinion. He has to act like he wants the ball down there. He’s a big man. He has a big body. You’ve got to demand the ball, demand it with your presence, demand it with your mouth. If the guys are missing him, then say something to them. We need for him to dominate. We need for him to get 10-plus rebounds, double-figure points. If we’re going to win, he has to dominate along with the guys on the perimeter.”
- The transition from college to the pros has been rough for several rookies.
- Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “With Amare Stoudemire announcing he will sign the New York Knicks, the Magic’s chances of winning a championship just got harder. Granted, Stoudemire is not LeBron James and the Knicks certainly have not been the NBA’s model franchise over the last decade, but don’t kid yourself. The Knicks are a big market team with lots and lots of money. And anytime a player of Stoudemire’s caliber moves from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference, it makes it tougher on the established powers in the East (see Stan Van Gundy, Dwight Howard and rest of the Orlando Magic). Particularly if the Knicks are able to attract another big-name free agent to go with Stoudemire.”
- Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel conducts a Q/A with Chris Duhon.
- Zach Harper of Hardwood Paroxysm looks back at the first day of Summer League: “[Orton] was easily the worst rookie of the day. He proved that jumping into the draft and securing a first round contract was maybe the smartest thing he could ever do with his life. He sold high on his hype and now will be guaranteed at least four years in the NBA. He fumbled passes, had slow post moves with no purpose and played pretty mediocre defense. He even got in a fight with Josh McRoberts and was ejected. All of this took place in just 13 minutes of action.”
- Jerome Randle, the next undrafted player to make it to the NBA?
- According to Camron Ghorbi of Dime Magazine, it’s do-or-die time for Jeff Adrien: “The biggest challenge for Adrien may be proving his worth over players on his own summer team roster. He doesn’t have the range of Paul Davis, the athleticism of Stanley Robinson or the size of Daniel Orton, and his lack of shooting ability and 6-7 frame have constantly managed to keep him out of the picture as a player on the NBA fringe. But even so, it may have been Adrien who turned the most heads (okay, other than Lance Stephenson) with his strong performance on the first day of Orlando Summer League action.”
- Video of Daniel Orton’s scuffle with Josh McRoberts.