- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “As J.J. Redick waits to learn whether he’ll play for the Orlando Magic or the Chicago Bulls next season, he might be surprised to find out that the final determination about his future could be made in Grand Rapids, Mich. If General Manager Otis Smith decides he wants to match the Bulls’ three-year, $19 million offer sheet for Redick, Smith will have to receive final approval from Magic Owner Rich DeVos and President Bob Vander Weide. [...] Re-signing Redick would send the Magic even deeper into the NBA luxury tax. The Magic will have to pay a $1 penalty for every $1 they spend next season in team payroll above $70.3 million. After their signings of free agents Chris Duhon and Quentin Richardson, the Magic’s salary for the 2010-11 season already hovers around $84 million.”
- What money is left for the Orlando Magic to spend?
- Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel thinks Roger Mason could be a viable replacement for J.J. Redick if he doesn’t return.
- Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com takes a look at the anatomy of a rivalry.
- Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post wonders if Quentin Richardson’s body will hold up.
- Matt Barnes on LeBron James: “I think LeBron is allowed to do what he feels. I know it’s hard for Cleveland fans to lose him but you have to look at the positives. He put the team back on the map, he boosted their economy, and I know he did wonders for what the team is worth now. I’m sure it was hard losing a hometown guy like that but in this game, this is a very cold business. Case in point right there once LeBron was gone everyone in Cleveland hates him now. You really have to do what’s best for you and your family and as a player I wish him the best. They built a three headed monster in Miami and they’re gonna be tough to handle if they can get their chemistry together.”
- Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse takes a look at the power struggle between the Magic and the Miami Heat, which includes these comments from James in response to general manager Otis Smith openly questioning his competitiveness when he made the decision: ” ‘It’s on. It’s funny that they questioned my competitiveness. I like that. I like locker room stuff. We’re going to put a lot of stuff in the locker room before the season starts (as reminders). We’re in the same conference with Orlando, so we’ll deal with them.’ ”