- Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “Citing “those who claim to be in the know,” freelance writer Sam Amico says the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets “have expressed an interest in” working out free-agent guard Allen Iverson. In response, ESPN’s Marc Stein debunks the Hornets portion of that rumor, but says there’s “no word” about the Magic. However, a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking told me that Orlando has no interest in the four-time scoring champion, citing the fact that the Magic already have three point guards under contract.”
- Matt Moore of CBSSports.com: “The Magic present a stickier alternative. The Magic have Jameer Nelson, with Jason Williams backing him up, and Vince Carter and J.J. Redick locked in at shooting guard. Throw in the fact that the Magic’s system primarily relies on long, athletic shooters and not short, high-usage ball-handlers, and the fit seems like an odd one. Still, if teams are looking for a veteran with some spring in his step that can come off the bench and get buckets, there are worse alternatives than Iverson (and his name is Jannero Pargo). We’ll keep you updated if a team takes the leap of faith on Iverson.”
- More on Allen Iverson, this time from Rob Mahoney of ProBasketballTalk: “With the Magic, the opposite is true. Orlando already has Jameer Nelson, Chris Duhon, and Jason Williams at the point, so Iverson would likely play off the ball. In a matter of speaking, anyway; Iverson would likely still be the same high-usage, ball-dominating player he always has been, just slated as Orlando’s shooting guard rather than a point guard. Not that Orlando’s wings are much more vacant. J.J. Redick, Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus, and Quentin Richardson eat, sleep, live, play, and shoot on the perimeter for the Magic, leaving Iverson to scrape up minutes at the bottom of the barrel. […] the Orlando Magic are one of the league’s truly elite teams, and picking up Iverson just for the hell of it isn’t something Orlando is really in a position to do. The Magic already have to contend with the Heat, so there’s really no reason to play with fire.”
- Mickael Pietrus is the 26th-best small forward in the NBA, according to Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie: “He adamantly refuses to drive the ball even when his up-fakes from behind the arc send a defender into the front row, but man can this guy defend. Not a lockdown Bruce Bowen-type, but enough of a staunch defender and shooter to earn a starting slot on a great team, and a spot on this list. Pietrus’ shot selection stinks, and he does have the skills to work toward becoming a better all-around player; but for now, this is enough.”
- Rashard Lewis has played on some of the best offenses in his career.
Yeah, I don't buy the rumor at all.
Not sure roster cohesion will be enough to overtake the Heat and the Lakers.
Maybe the Celtics, but I'm skeptical.