News | Magic Basketball - Part 51

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Jul 25

Sunday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Like everyone else, coach Stan Van Gundy has heard and read the scuttlebutt that connects the dots between the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets all-star point guard Chris Paul. “Much ado about nothing,” Van Gundy said, turning to Shakespeare or maybe Seinfeld. All you need to know is this: Van Gundy doesn’t …

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Jul 23

Chris Paul Prefers to Play for the Orlando Magic

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Via Chris Broussard of ESPN.com: The Orlando Magic have replaced the New York Knicks as the top team on Chris Paul’s list of preferred destinations, according to league sources. Paul believes the Magic, with Dwight Howard, would be a better fit for him. Also, Paul realizes the Magic have more …

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Jul 23

Friday’s Magic Word

Tania Ganguli of the Orlando Sentinel: “It’s unlikely Matt Barnes will actually kill you … probably. But the idea sure made for some funny T-Shirts. Little else needs to be said about Barnes’ impact on the basketball court than the fact that  those T-shirts, complete with a menacing picture of his face, exist. Barnes was the …

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Jul 22

Source: Los Angeles Lakers to Sign Matt Barnes to Two Year, $3.6 Million Contract

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Free-agent forward Matt Barnes has signed a two-year, $3.6 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Lakers announced Thursday night Barnes had officially signed the contract. League sources said the deal will pay him $1.7 million next season …

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Jul 22

Thursday’s Magic Word

Adly Santiago of OrlandoMagic.com: “During the offseason many basketball players go on vacation to rest from a grueling regular season. Others spend time working with their charities, while a select few are able to juggle that responsibility along with conducting basketball camps. One of those players is Vince Carter, an eight-time All-Star, Olympic Gold Medalist …

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Jul 22

The Rumors Won’t Go Away About Chris Paul

Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images Via Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: When Paul was quoted a few weeks ago as saying he’d be open to a trade if the Hornets aren’t committed to building a championship team, it was only a small hint as to the size of the chasm that exists between the franchise and …

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Jul 21

Wednesday’s Magic Word

Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: Finding am empirical way to evaluate NBA team chemistry may seem an impossible task, but Numeranda may be onto something with its latest post (via Basketball Reference, whose own post on the subject brought this one to my attention) using Adjusted Plus-Minus statistics to evaluate the “chemistry” of a given five-man …

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Jul 21

Matt Barnes is Still Looking for a New Home

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Via Marc Stein of ESPN.com: Five teams remain in the running to sign free-agent swingman Matt Barnes, according to sources with knowledge of Barnes’ thinking. Toronto is still one of those teams, sources told ESPN.com, despite the collapse of a sign-and-trade deal with Orlando that Barnes thought would be completed by …

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Jul 20

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “For the moment at least, Matt Barnes remains a free agent. As we’ve noted before, the Orlando Magic and the Toronto Raptors cannot execute a sign-and-trade deal that would pay Barnes a first-year salary anywhere close to $4.5 million. On their own, the Raptors don’t have the cap room and no …

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Jul 20

Brandon Bass Says Play Me or Trade Me

Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Via Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse: Brandon Bass isn’t issuing any play-me-or-trade-me demand to the Orlando Magic. He is too nice, too soft spoken to make a pronouncement like that. It’s just not his way. This is just a gentle reminder. “I think they’ll do the right thing, whatever is …

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