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Aug 03

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Jason Williams will return to the Orlando Magic. The 34-year-old free-agent point guard has signed a contract with the team, Magic officials announced Tuesday afternoon. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is believed that Williams agreed to a one-year deal. Magic President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith did not return a phone call from the Sentinel for comment. Williams is now 13th player on the Magic roster with a guaranteed contract. The league-mandated roster minimum is 13, so the Magic almost certainly are done making any more free-agent signings.”
  • More from Robbins: “We all know that Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy doesn’t like his team playing on Christmas. Van Gundy has said he’d like to see the league take a five-day break around the holiday. In a few hours, we should learn whether Van Gundy and the Magic will be playing on Christmas for the third consecutive year. At 7 tonight, NBA TV will air a special in which the NBA’s nationally televised games for the opening week of the 2010-11 season, Christmas and Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be released. Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel has already reported that the Miami Heat will host the Magic on Oct. 29.
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com has more on Jason Williams’ return.
  • With 10 seconds remaining in the game, the Orlando Magic are down one and have possession of the basketball in the front court. Who gets the last shot? Vote here!
  • Looking back at the Shaquille O’Neal-Hakeem Olajuwon matchup in 1995.
  • John Krolik of ProBasketballTalk: “There are plenty of guys who can teach Olajuwon post moves, even the post moves Olajuwon himself used. The trick is finding a way to give Howard the confidence to actually use those moves in a game, which is what a great ex-player like Olajuwon can do for Howard. Howard has unmatched strength and explosiveness for a big man, and he’s extremely comfortable using his left hand around the basket. If he can add some footwork and counter-moves to his arsenal, he could easily win his first MVP award next season.”
  • Remember Williams’ alley-oop to Mickael Pietrus in Game 1 of the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks? Now you do.
  • Eric Freeman of The Baseline continues to think the Magic are too loaded: “Williams seems to understand that he’s the third point guard in Orlando, and John Denton also notes that the Magic “never wavered” in their desire to bring him back. So this seems to be a match where each side understands the relationship. At the same time, Williams was quite solid for the Magic last season and is only a third point guard at this point in his career because his body can’t handle the regular pounding of the full backup role. With that in mind, it’s easy to see how Stan Van Gundy might sometimes opt to play Williams as the backup rather than [Chris] Duhon. If that happens, how will Duhon react? He was brought in to be the backup, and he has almost certainly adjusted his expectations for the season accordingly. So if Williams often plays that role, will Duhon be upset? This has become a regular problem in Orlando. Players like Marcin Gortat and Brandon Bass entered last season with certain expectations given their large contracts and barely saw the floor. Now they want to be traded, and it’s easy to see Duhon in the same place, even if he’s not on the same level as those two.”
  • Olajuwon is keeping “The Dream” alive with Dwight Howard and company.
  • Orlando has sold more than 14,000 season tickets.
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post with the specifics of J.J. Redick‘s contract: ”More details about the Orlando Magic’s salary structure, specifically about J.J. Redick’s front-loaded contract, have emerged thanks once again to the indefatigable Mark Deeks of ShamSports.com. Deeks just updated his NBA salary database again, and his latest addition includes Redick’s previously unknown salary. We now know that Redick is owed $7.25 million this season, $6.75 million in 2011/12, and $6.19 million in 2012/13, for a total of $20.19 million. But there’s a previously unreported wrinkle to consider: the third year of that deal, which he originally received from the Chicago Bulls before the Magic matched the offer, is unguaranteed. It will become guaranteed ‘if not waived on or before July 8, 2012.’ ”
  • Pro Basketball Prospectus 2010-11 will be released in late September or early October!
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Billy (slickw143)

Yeah, Krolik is a beast.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

I posted my comment about Dwight's confidence on the Hakeem thread before I saw Krolik's article. He continues to prove to me that he's one of the best guys out there on the blog-o-thingy.