- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Only a year and a half has passed since the Orlando Magic made a crucial decision about J.J. Redick. The team chose to retain Redick by matching the three-year, $19 million offer sheet Redick had signed from the Chicago Bulls as a restricted free agent. It’s tough to believe, but the Magic have another contract-related decision to make about Redick within the next six months. It was not disclosed at the time — the team does release details about player contracts — but the Magic essentially hold a team option for the final year of his deal, the 2012-13 season. In the highly unlikely event the Magic waive him before July 8, Redick would not be owed any of the roughly $6 million he is due for that season, and he would become an unrestricted free agent. [...] Team options and player options are relatively common in the NBA, and it would seem that retaining Redick for 2012-13 would be a no-brainer unless he is traded before then.”
- As the Orlando Magic try to retain Howard long-term and pair him with a star player, trade assets are emerging on the team’s roster.
- Ryan Anderson is trying to focus more defensively.
- Now is a perfect time for a Matrix reference in light of Anderson’s hot start this season.
- Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus pens a thoughtful piece on player evaluation: “In a single game, for example, scouting should get more consideration than the other two factors. As Dean Oliver once aptly noted, ‘Individuals see a basketball game better than the numbers, but the numbers see all the games.’ The crucial takeaway is that none of the evaluation methods is sufficient on its own. Plus-minus statistics are often unreliable, individual statistics are incomplete and we can be fooled by what we see (or don’t see). We’ve long moved past the outdated notion that scouting and statistics are opposed to each other. Instead, at their best, they work together to help us form more robust evaluations that are more likely to prove correct.”
- Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk on the Magic’s loss last night: “This is a schedule makers win — Orlando was playing their fourth game in five nights and just looked tired. It was a slow, slow game (82 possessions) which added to the feeling of everything dragging.”
- Britt Robson of Sports Illustrated: “After getting pasted by the Thunder on Christmas, the Magic rebounded with four straight wins before falling in Detroit on Monday. The system is the same: They are taking and making a ton of threes, while daring opponents to try to challenge Dwight Howard inside. While Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson and Glen Davis have struggled, Hedo Turkoglu is compensating for his porous defense with hot outside shooting, Ryan Anderson (19.2 points, NBA-high 22 three-pointers) is producing at power forward and J.J. Redick continues to improve. But the schedule has been pretty soft to this point, and tougher opponents are likely to expose Orlando’s utter lack of depth at center. Before fouling out late against the Pistons, Howard had been whistled for just 13 fouls in his first five games.”
Eddy Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of Magic Basketball. Follow him on Twitter.