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Dec 12

Reactions to Magic re-signing Jason Richardson

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  • Matt Moore of ProBasketballTalk: “Obviously Smith gave Richardson the four-year deal, via Yahoo! Sports. It’s a terrible idea. Richardson was probably going to get something similar to that deal on the open market, but that says more about the market than Richardson. He’s a good defender. He can hit from the outside. But he’ll be making more than $8 million when he’s 35 and the Magic are trying to move him for anything they can. He’ll be a chain around their neck. It’s the kind of deal that got the Magic into this situation. Maybe Smith is in shock. Maybe he doesn’t understand what’s standing before him. Maybe he just really thinks Richardson can still put in big numbers. But the reality is that Orlando is watching the Titanic sink, and now they just had a new dining table airlifted in.”
  • John Schuhmann of NBA.com: “Now, $6.25 million a year isn’t that unreasonable for Richardson. It’s almost a 60 percent pay cut from what he made last season. And this is a guy who shot 40 percent from 3-point range over the last four years. But Richardson is on the wrong side of 30, with his production bound to decline each year of that contract. More important, if Smith is in the process of evaluating trades for his franchise player and possibly facing a rebuilding process in the wake of a deal, then why is he committing to a contract that won’t expire until Richardson is 34 years old and will be difficult to move in a trade for at least the next two seasons? Wouldn’t he want to remain relatively flexible instead of going deeper into luxury tax territory?”
  • Royce Young of CBSSports.com: “Four years at a little more than $5 million per year is a pretty good bargain for a player like Richardson. Considering what a lot of other guys in the same neighborhood as him are going for, I’d say the Magic did pretty well. But that’s not the whole story. Because the Magic are in flux right now, or at least should be. Richardson faded mightily last season and will greatly damage the Magic’s chances of getting under the cap in the near future. Which seems like the logical plan post-Dwight. Cut salary, open up some flexibility and rebuild. Instead, it seems like Otis Smith is trying to prep to continue on with a mediocre roster that may include Nene or Brook Lopez in the near future. Curious.”
  • John Hollinger of ESPN Insider: “What makes this move particularly egregious is that, combined with the Davis deal, it submarined Orlando’s post-Howard future. Should the Magic trade their star center, they presumably would want to get under the cap, and use the lure of Florida’s sunshine and 0 percent tax rate to grab a prominent free agent, just as they did with Lewis the last time they were under the cap. But the $12.5 million in added 2012-13 cost with the Davis and Richardson contracts will make that feat much more difficult. (Bass was on the books next year but had an opt-out he would have almost certainly used.)”
4 comments
foley3805
foley3805

I have been a magic fan for as long as they have been around but this whole situation with howard is crazy.How would it even be a question to trade Howard build around him otis should be doing everything to get Chris Paul we have the players in nelson,anderson,turk,reddick,and some draft picks.Otis should see that you need chris look what the heat did they got people to come to them,wade worked with the heat to get these guys there just as otis should have that same feel with Howard.I really cant believe that there even thinking about getting ride of Howard.I never use the computer but this has been driving me crazy.

KchulKK
KchulKK

I guess the easy thing to do would be to bash every move Otis makes as of late. There were no complaints when Rashard was making three's, when Peirtrus was playing defense/chuckin up 3's, when he drafted Dwight, signed Hedo as a free agent, they were in the ECF & Finals. Now every move Otis makes sucks? Guess EVERYBODY & their mama could have done better than Otis as a GM in a very small market/city. How often does a superstar leave & comes to join another superstar in a small market? Also, Dwight has only been deemed "superstar" for the past few yrs out of his 7yrs in the league. Just a few yrs back he was just a an All-Star defensive center BUT every superstar/all-star that's been a free-agent from the last 7yrs that didn't want to come play with Dwight is Otis' fault????

CarloSimone
CarloSimone

Jason Richardson is a good defender? Since when?

Yeah, I think this deal is less crappy than the Davis deal but still crappy. It really has everything to do with age. I agree that this was probably what he was going to get somewhere else but I really think we should've let him walk in that case. Younger with cap space if we're trading Dwight. If we're planning to keep Dwight, then we need a big move. If we can't make a big move and keep Dwight then we need to be younger with cap space. We just did neither. Perplexing.

Unless Dwight told Otis he wanted to keep J-Rich. Then I don't know what to say. I'm getting the sense that Dwight went to Otis and said "Let's keep Gil and J-Rich and bring in Big Baby, Josh Smith, CP3 and Monta Ellis. Then I'll re-sign." Otis' response was something like, "Dwight, we don't have money for that. Nobody has money for that." Dwight then says, "Why won't they listen to me? I've got such great ideas!"

I probably should stop teasing him about wanting to be GM but seriously that is almost all he's been talking about since he was able to start talking to the media. I just can't believe that is the main reason he wants to leave Orlando. Just say "I wan't to play in a bigger market" and we'll believe you. This idea that you want to leave an organization that has been winning (not the big one but still) because your GM doesn't talk to you and it hurts your feelings is ridiculous. I just don't buy it.

slamman
slamman

@CarloSimone I feel the same way. I just could not put my finger on it, but I just felt that dwight was perpetrating false reasoning. I do not understand why he just dont be real and just shut up. I guess he feel guilty about leaving.