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Jul 15

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “If I were a betting man, I’d wager that the [Orlando] Magic will match the Chicago Bulls’ offer sheet and keep shooting guard J.J. Redick. The club has until Friday to match the Chicago Bulls’ three-year, $19-million offer sheet for the restricted free agent. Things could change in the next 24 or so hours, but it’s unlikely. General Manager Otis Smith is fielding trade offers from other teams for other Magic players and likely another shooting guard to replace Redick, but the climate in the Magic organization does not suggest Smith is letting go of Redick unless he lands a sweet deal.”
  • Tomorrow, Matt Barnes makes an announcement.
  • Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse: “The Orlando Magic have decided to retain restricted free agent guard J.J. Redick, matching the three-year, $19 million offer sheet he received from the Chicago Bulls last week. The Magic will make their intention known Friday – the last possible day — but NBA sources familiar with the front-office thinking of the Magic confirmed their decision Thursday afternoon. […] The offer sheet from the Bulls includes a first-year salary of $7 million, which will cost the Magic $14 million next season because of the punitive, dollar-for-dollar luxury tax threshold the Magic will exceed.”
  • Eric Freeman of The Baseline comments on a dormant rivalry between the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat that is ready to explode.
  • Daniel Marks of Dime Magazine lists Rashard Lewis‘ contract as the 10th-worst in the NBA. Same old song and dance: “Rashard Lewis is the classic case of a general manager overpaying for a need. The Magic needed a shooter and second gun to take some pressure off Dwight Howard so they vastly overpaid him to be their number two guy. Lewis played well his first two years in Orlando, and is a solid player, but he doesn’t play defense and is not a true power forward. His playoff performance, or lack thereof, is most likely a sign of things to come for Lewis who still has three years left on his deal.”
  • Unfortunately for Marks, he’s incorrect in saying that Lewis doesn’t play defense — he does. By the way, what’s a true power forward? Last time I checked, power forwards in the league have different skills and strengths. Lastly, Lewis’ performed fine in the playoffs until he played against the Boston Celtics and was defended by Kevin Garnett. And Garnett is one of the best defenders in NBA history.
  • Are the Magic building a squad to beat the Heat?
9 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@jax502

Go figure.

@Mikeyho

I agree with @Billy (slickw143) ... I don't think many players would regard Dwight, Jameer, or others as soft players. Do the Magic play a finesse style? I guess, but even then you have the power game with Howard on the low block. I think labeling Orlando as a soft team is a bit much.

Great comment about Lewis, though.

Mikeyho
Mikeyho

I don't think our players are soft. Our style is usually viewed that way and I tend to agree.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

I don't think many players in the league would regard Dwight or Jameer as being soft.

And Rashard isn't the most untradeable player in the league. I still think Gilbert is, and honestly, I think Joe Johnson's contract is worse than Rashard's was.

Mikeyho
Mikeyho

There are so many worse contracts than Rashards. Rashard is a main contributor to making our team style work. There's so many players making near Rashards money that don't even play because the either are injured or just not good. Rashard always plays and has been about as consistent as any player in the league.

Mikeyho
Mikeyho

Really? We have different opinions on soft basketball. I think most people see this style as soft. I mean.. those are some hard-core threes being launched. It's our style.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Mikeyho

The style isn't soft.

@nolerhett

If you read my evaluation of Rashard Lewis, you'd notice that I compiled a ton of data to show that he is not a bad defender. Heck, even a year ago, Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus cited Lewis as one of the better defenders at power forward. For Marks to say that Lewis plays no defense, simply isn't true.

Also, where did I say that Lewis was a true power forward?

I didn't, but thanks for putting words in my mouth. I asked a question regarding power forwards because I think it's a little ridiculous that we're putting designations on positions. It's no different than when people ask, is Jameer Nelson not a "true" point guard? Who cares?

I can already tell you that Lewis' contract isn't the worst in the NBA. It's not.

nolerhett
nolerhett

Regarding Rashard's contract ... even if you are correct and Rashard is a solid defensive player (I tend to disagree) and he is a true power forward (his natural position is small forward), it does not make the author's point any less valid. Rashard's contract is ridiculous and is the worst in the league at this time. He is owed more than 60 million over the next 3 years, coming off his worst season since first couple. He doesn't rebound. He struggles to finish at the rim b/c he shies away from contact and he's soft. I'm sorry but Rashard Lewis is the most untradeable player in the nba and his contract is Otis' biggest mistake as gm since by all accounts he could have had him for about 30 million less and some estimate he could have gotten him for 50 mil less. Otis panicked.

Mikeyho
Mikeyho

So we decided not to add size. I was so heartbroken last year I'm still a bit impatient with the inside out game. The Lakers would have been very tough to beat with our style even if we got past the Celtics.

With the Celtics getting older, the Lebron James franchise relocating to South Beach with not a lot of surrounding talent, and Kobe getting older, this is Orlando's best shot most likely. If our style is too soft to win a championship, we'll look back in hindsight.

I'm on board. I'm ready for the Magic, with more players getting better with age, to give it a great shot this year. Vince is gone at the end of the season and we can never take for granted our small town team's owner willing to sell his fortune for us to win.

I'll have to believe that our chemistry and desire will be great, and enough, this year. Go Magic!