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Aug 17

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “If the speculation that Chris Paul wanted to join the Orlando Magic made Magic fans salivate, just wait until the Carmelo Anthony-to-the-Magic rumors gain momentum. Actually, the process already has begun. [...] Anthony obviously would be a huge upgrade for Orlando offensively at small forward. And he’d be a more reliable go-to guy in the fourth quarter than Vince Carter was last season. Orlando could be an attractive landing spot for Anthony. The Magic already are a title contender and have the game’s best center. And, oh yeah, the fact that Florida doesn’t have a state income tax can’t hurt either. Leon Rose, Anthony’s agent, did not immediately return a phone call from the Orlando Sentinel for comment. Anthony has some leverage to force a trade. He can become a free agent next summer, and he has not accepted the three-year, $65 million extension the Nuggets have offered.”
  • Jameer Nelson is conducting his “Building Magic” program in Philadelphia.
  • George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel thinks the Orlando Magic shouldn’t let Adonal Foyle go after he announced his retirement: “So how do you miss a guy who has played only played 62 minutes over the last two seasons? The Orlando Magic will no longer have Adonal Foyle on the bench, sitting there in a stylish sports coat and offering tidbits of advice to Dwight Howard. Most people assumed he was a glorified cheerleader, waving imaginary pom-poms for a cool $1.3 million a year. But his value to the team was measured in other ways.”
  • Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com: “[...] unlike the past at this time of year, it’s the NBA that is on the minds of most sports fanatics. There is a profound curiosity that we all have about this upcoming NBA season. People in Orlando are ecstatic about the newly-established and rapidly evolving Sunshine State rivalry. Everywhere I go around Central Florida, it’s all people want to talk about. I recently went to SeaWorld with family and while standing around a bunch of sea lions at the Pacific Point Preserve, the crowd around me starting talking about the Heat-Magic rivalry. Even the seals seemed to be intrigued by the conversation. Everywhere you go, the NBA is at the forefront of discussions.”
  • Dwight Howard likes to block shots.
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “Denver Nuggets small forward Carmelo Anthony is but the latest NBA megastar to reportedly wish for a trade to the Orlando Magic. [...] If this line sounds familiar, it should, given the multitude of reports earlier this summer about New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul wanting to force a trade to Orlando. Berger reported parts of that narrative as well. The difference in the two situations, as Josh Robbins points out, is that Anthony has leverage, while Paul does not. Anthony will be a free agent next summer and the Nuggets risk losing him for nothing if they do not deal him before February. Further, the Nuggets are believed to be exploring trade possibilities for Anthony.”
  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: “Anthony’s hesitation to sign a three-year, $65 million extension with the Nuggets goes beyond his desire to enjoy the major-market exposure and pressure that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade turned down this summer. Melo would accept other destinations as well, and the Magic are believed to be at the top of his list along with the Knicks, according to a person familiar with his strategy.”
  • Why does Carmelo Anthony want to leave the Denver Nuggets?
  • Rob Mahoney of ProBasketballTalk takes a look at Foyle’s impact off the court: “Foyle has long been an important part of the NBPA’s operations, and with negotiations over the terms of a new CBA ongoing, losing an asset like Foyle is a pretty big deal. There are still plenty of ways he can be involved in that process, but losing a direct avenue for Foyle’s knowledge, perspective, and charisma is a loss for the players.”
  • Jameer Nelson is the 11th-best point guard in the NBA, according to Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie: “Nelson is entering his ostensible prime, and if last season’s too-early Eastern Conference finals proved anything, it’s that Nelson needs to put this Magic team on his surgically reconstructed shoulders. He’s never going to be this team’s best player, but a squad’s most important player doesn’t have to be its best player, and you’d think that Nelson can’t help but understand that by now. Maybe I’m being too optimistic for my hopes with him, especially rating him over Kidd, but this is how we roll in summer, before the dyspepsia sets in.”
9 comments
Alex
Alex

@hulKK
Have a seat? I'm on the internet, why would I be standing?

And I think Eddy said everything I would've in a response.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@hulKK

I still don't think Anthony is coming to the Magic, but you can believe whatever you want. I think it'd be foolish to dismiss Anthony's desire to play with the Knicks, given that the city of New York still has a considerable amount of cache with NBA players. And given Anthony's familiarity with D'Antoni from Team USA basketball, it makes a lot of sense as to why he would want to play for him and alongside Stoudemire.

It's not a good possibility. It's a slim one.

Lastly, Anthony wouldn't be a great fit with Orlando. My concern is that the offense may shift its focus away from Howard, where he needs to be the centerpiece for the Magic to be successful and win a championship. I have no qualms with Anthony being traded for Orlando, but this isn't a knockout fit like Chris Paul. Anthony is NOT a top five player and @Alex is right, he's not a very good three-point shooter either (31.9 percent last season). Could be a fluke, given that Anthony shot 37.1 percent in 2009 but you never know.

The defense criticism with Anthony isn't as valid as much as it used to be, but the "commitment" issue is still prevalent with him. Anthony is definitely not as good defensively as his peers like James and Wade, I'll tell you that.

hulKK
hulKK

@Alex

Oh yea and "not really committed to defense!? Wow! Ok.

hulKK
hulKK

@Alex

Ok if you think he's not coming, then that's fine. I didn't say he was. I said its a GOOD possibility, in my opinion. And are you CRAZY? Seriously? Melo would fit on ANY NBA team. You NEVER pass up on a top 5 NBA player if you have a chance to have him play for you. Seriously, did you think about what you just typed? He doesn't fit? He's not a very good 3 point shooter? LOL! Please go have a seat. Thank you. Maybe you should blog about floor hockey.

Alex
Alex

@hulKK
I have to agree with Eddy in saying that Melo is NOT coming to Orlando. He doesn't fit the team. Not a very good 3 point shooter and not really committed to defense.

hulKK
hulKK

@Eddy Rivera

Eddy,

Funny how I asked you about Melo coming to Orlando a few days back and you replied "Carmelo is NOT coming to Orlando" now the rumor stories are in a flurry. Hmmmmmm. Anyway, I think the Magic have the best chance again to gain Melo. Orlando has the better trade bate, better grade of players to trade and most importantly, and I'll say it again I really don't think Melo is interested in playing Ball in NY with a coach who ISN'T big on defense. If Melo is smart he would realize that Mike's style of basketball won't win you a championship. And as for Melo going to the Bulls, they don't even compare to what Orlando has to offer in trade value unless they're willing to give up Rose.

Unlike the Chris Paul incident I think the Nuggets are going to have to trade Melo. I'm sure they don't want him in the locker room or on the court with his mind wanting to be else where. His disgruntled attitude is going to show up in his play and you can't have that on a supposed championship contending team. I don't think he's going to play for the Nuggets at all this yr.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@truexile

Chance? Low. What would it take to get Anthony? I don't know. It would depend on what the Nuggets want back in a trade.

@3.3seconds

None.

3.3seconds
3.3seconds

Here's a trivia question for you. The Magic played 12 players last season. Of those 12 players, how many of them posted a lower eFG% than Carmelo Anthony?

truexile
truexile

@eddy
What chance do the Magic have to get Melo? What would it take to get him? Otis must do whatever he can to get Melo, period.