- Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Like everyone else, coach Stan Van Gundy has heard and read the scuttlebutt that connects the dots between the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets all-star point guard Chris Paul. “Much ado about nothing,” Van Gundy said, turning to Shakespeare or maybe Seinfeld. All you need to know is this: Van Gundy doesn’t expect that General Manager Otis Smith will interrupt Van Gundy’s on-going tour of major-league ballparks any time soon to prepare him for a long-shot blockbuster trade. As far as the Magic are concerned — Smith labels the Paul saga as “rumors” — they just happen to be caught up in the speculation. Paul hasn’t publicly demanded to be traded, but according to various sources in various news outlets, he wants out ASAP, and the Magic are his preferred destination.”
- Shannon J. Owens of the Orlando Sentinel with a must-read article about Penny Hardaway: “For three successful seasons, Hardaway won the approval of fans and even helped guide the Magic to its first NBA Finals, an accomplishment that would take over a decade to repeat. A trio of circumstances soon soured Hardaway’s career in Orlando: O’Neal’s departure, Brian Hill’s firing as head coach and devastating knee injuries. In Hardaway’s eyes, his reputation in Orlando never fully recovered from the dark cloud of Hill’s firing. He was accused of leading the team’s mutiny against Hill.”
- Should the Orlando Magic retire the jerseys of Shaquille O’Neal and Hardaway? UPDATE: I touched on this never-ending topic last year at OPP.
- Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post sets the record straight on Vince Carter‘s contract: “For clarification’s sake, we should note that Carter’s contract doesn’t expire next summer, nor is it a team option. It’s what one might term as a “semi-expiring” deal. Yes, it can end next summer, but it’ll come at a price. Carter has a partially guaranteed deal for the 2011/12 season. If he is not waived before June 30, 2011, Carter’s salary of $18.3 million becomes fully guaranteed; if he is waived by the above date, he pockets $4 million and becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The $4 million figure will stay on his team’s cap for that year.”
- Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse doesn’t think the Magic will be able to land Chris Paul if they are asked to take on Emeka Okafor’s contract, as well.
- Orlando is ready to reload.
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I agree, but I think most would agree that Nelson, VC and Gortat would be a part of any deal, making the contracts of Emeka and Posey entirely manageable.
But hopefully all this speculation is finally over.
Hornets might agree to a Bass for Songaila deal as part of that trade instead of getting Anderson, Eddy. Bass is cheaper and better than Songaila.
Nelson, Gortat, and Carter wouldn't be enough for Paul, Okafor, and Posey. Trust me. This is a deal I toyed with but I'm skeptical the Hornets would accept it.
-- Vince Carter (semi-expiring contract in 2012, $4 million guaranteed if waived before June 30, 2011)
-- Jameer Nelson
-- Marcin Gortat
-- Brandon Bass (or Ryan Anderson)
-- $3 million in cash (to cover the expense of waiving Carter)
-- 2011 1st round pick
-- 2013 1st round pick
-- Chris Paul
-- Emeka Okafor
-- James Posey
Using ESPN's Trade Machine to give me figures on salaries of players on Orlando and New Orleans, I don't see how Emeka's contract would be a trade stopper.
If our roster looked like this
Paul (via trade)
Emeka (via trade)
Posey (via trade)
Our payroll would be somewhere between 94-97 million I think.
Its already at 93 million. With the luxury tax, thats a maximum of 8 million dollar difference and a minimum of 2 million dollar difference.
For a team that, in back to back offseasons, inked back up players to big contracts, I don't see why this would be a problem.
That said, I'm done with the Paul rumor. Thanks for letting me get this out there.
Pietrus would probably exercise his player option in 2012.
The Magic would be fine without Carter if he were traded to the Hornets.
I agree with you. I'm hoping this can happen. But I doubt NO is going to trade Paul. Also, I know Carter is most likely going to be included in the trade but I wish he wasn't.
AND I don't think Penny and Shaq' jersey should be retired here in Orlando. Nope, not at all.
Concerning Tim Povtak's article, I honestly don't think that Otis would flinch on a deal that brings Paul to Orlando. Even if that meant taking on Emeka's contract. Rashard's expires in 3 years, Emeka's in 4 years. JJ is under contract for 3 years. So is Richardson.
Pietrus has an expiring 5 million dollar deal (if he isn't part of a hypothetical trade). Bass' money comes off in 2 years. I would think Howard and Paul would re-up to play together.
For 3 years, I like our chances at a title. With the new stadium and playoff runs, I think money shouldn't be *too* big of a problem. Then, Lewis comes off the books, Redick and Richardson too.
Sounds like a plan to me :shrug: