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Mark Deeks, who runs the indispensable ShamSports.com, has updated that site with nearly complete salary information on every NBA team, including the Orlando Magic; the only Magic contract figure on which he’s unsure is J.J. Redick‘s. That’s the link you should consult for every salary-related need you have, and not just for the Magic. Not counting Redick’s salary, the Magic are on the hook for over $85 million this season, and that’s before adding the dollar-for-dollar luxury tax payment. Orlando management is indeed shelling out to put a winning team on the floor this season.
There’s no question that it’s a great time to be a Magic fan, now more than ever. The Orlando Magic are set to unveil the Amway Center in October. Dwight Howard is a top five player and one of the more engaging personalities in the NBA. The players for the Magic are a likable group of guys, led by a fiery head coach — Stan Van Gundy – and an excellent coaching staff. But almost none of this would be possible without Orlando’s front office that has shown the commitment to win. And the Magic are chasing the ever-elusive “gold ball” (the Larry O’Brien trophy), as president of basketball operations Otis Smith likes to put it sometimes, by opening up the checkbook with Rich DeVos’ blessing. Five years ago, it would have been unheard of for Orlando to financially support a payroll that is more than $90 million. Yet that is today’s reality. My how things have changed.
Don’t take anything for granted, though.
The golden era of the Magic is going to go away, sooner or later. It’s happened once, and it’ll happen again. Nevertheless, savor the moment.