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Jan 25

Friday’s Magic Word

  • Matt Dollinger of Sports Illustrated suggests the Orlando Magic should unload some of the burden in the second half of the season: “The Magic have been much better than expected this season, but are still unlikely to sneak into the playoffs. This year could be even more successful if new general manager Rob Hennigan can unload one of the team’s hefty long-term contracts. Hedo Turkoglu ($12 million), Jameer Nelson ($8.6M), Al Harrington ($7.1M) and Glen Davis ($6.4M) are all a poor fit on a rebuilding team. Hennigan might be able to clear some cap space by pairing one of the players with J.J. Redick, who has an expiring deal and the ability to help a team in need of a shooter.”
  • Glen Davis got into Aaron Gray’s face in last night’s game between the Magic and Toronto Raptors. Literally.
  • With yesterday’s defeat, Orlando has now lost 15 of their last 17 games. Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie looks at the road ahead.
  • J.J. Redick blames “the basketball gods” for their current losing funk. Trey Kerby of The Basketball Jones compiles of list of things as to why the gods are against the Magic.
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “A little more than a month ago, the Magic were a win away from a .500 record and qualifying as one of the NBA’s feel-good stories of the season. [...] What followed – an excruciating 10-game losing streak and a stretch now that has swelled to 15 losses in the last 17 games – has caused frustrations to simmer.”
  • The Boston Celtics are rumored to be interested in acquiring J.J. Redick.
  • If rookies Maurice Harkless and Andrew Nicholson are going to develop, they’ll need to play major minutes sooner rather than later.
  • A number of players for Orlando are named to the second annual Hardwood Paroxysm Alternative All-Star Game.
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