- Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith told the Orlando Sentinel on Saturday that he “anticipates” to match the offer sheet that Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick received from the Chicago Bulls. According to various reports, the Bulls signed Redick to a three-year, $19 million offer sheet. The Chicago Tribune called it a “front-loaded” offer. As a restricted free agent, the Magic can match any offer for Redick, who has steadily improved since the Magic selected him 11th overall in the 2006 draft.”
- The futures of Daniel Orton and Stanley Robinson have yet to be written.
- More from Schmitz: “The state rivalry is expected to get by on just the basketball now: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh of the Heat against Dwight “Superman” Howard and the Magic. Oddly, Orlando vs. Miami really never turned into a blood feud since their first meeting in 1989. The teams rarely have been good at the same time. Rivalries are formed in the bump-and-grind of the postseason, but the Magic and Heat have met only once for a playoff series — in 1997. (Heat won 3-2. Boooooo!) [...] The Heat lead the all-time regular-season series 43-40. The Magic had been on the uptick before the teams split the four-game series last season, winning 12 of 13 games in a stretch from 1996.”
- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith did not tune in to watch LeBron James make his grand announcement. Neither did Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. Both of them thought all along that James would re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. James definitely has their attention now. James’ move to the Miami Heat dominated talk Friday at the final day of the AirTran Airways Pro Summer League at RDV Sportsplex. Reporters peppered NBA officials with questions about the new-look Heat, and while the answers differed, one overarching theme emerged. Everyone indicated that the superstar troika of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be fascinating to watch.”
- According to Dime Magazine, the East is a beast.
- Tom Ziller of NBA FanHouse: “J.J. Redick, the Duke product lottery pick who broke out in Orlando over the last two seasons, signed an offer sheet with the Chicago Bulls Friday. The offer is worth $19 million over three years, and is said to be frontloaded, which would put the cash output in 2010-11 at roughly $8.5 million. (The cap impact would be just $6 million.) It’d take a small miracle (or at least a couple painful trades) for the Magic to get under the luxury tax threshold next season. As such, matching the Redick offer would end up adding $6 million onto the team’s tax bill, in addition to the $8.5 million paid in salary to the guard.”
- Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post asserts the Orlando Magic have to match the $19 million offer sheet given to J.J. Redick by the Chicago Bulls: “The market has decided to pay him an average annual salary of $6.33 million, which is rich–above the mid-level exception–but not too rich, and Smith’s only choice here is to match. Orlando has just $2.515 million of the mid-level exception remaining after signing point guard Chris Duhon earlier this week, which won’t be nearly enough money to entice an equivalent player to Redick. Orlando has the opportunity to lock Redick up for three years at a fairly reasonable price, and would be foolish to turn that opportunity down. Though wing players are inexpensive by NBA standards–the hardest positions to fill are center and power forward–Redick’s shooting stroke makes him unique. In fact, he was the most efficient offensive player in the entire league last season. And without Redick in the fold, Orlando’s only wing players under contract will be Vince Carter and Mickael Pietrus.”
Via the Orlando Magic:
Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday paced all scorers with 19.3 ppg. and was named to the 2010 AirTran Airways All-Summer League First Team at the conclusion of the five-day event at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando, Fla. The New Jersey Nets also had two recipients on the First Team in guard/forward Terrence Williams (18.8 ppg., 5.0 apg.) and forward Damion James (18.8 ppg., 5.3 rpg.), while Boston forward Luke Harangody (16.6 ppg., 6.8 rpg.) and Oklahoma City center BJ Mullens (16.0 ppg., 6.3 rpg.) were also honored.
The All-Summer League Second Team consisted of Indiana Pacers center Magnum Rolle, Charlotte Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson, Philadelphia 76ers guard Jodie Meeks, Oklahoma City guard James Harden and Bobcats forward Derrick Brown. Honorable Mention honors also went to Indiana’s Lance Stephenson, Josh McRoberts and Paul George, Utah’s Kosta Koufos and Gordon Hayward, Boston’s Jaycee Carroll, Oklahoma City’s Eric Maynor and Kyle Weaver and Orlando’s Joe Crawford, Paul Davis and Patrick Ewing, Jr. The members of the AirTran Airways All-Summer League Teams were selected by participating NBA teams’ public relations representatives and the OrlandoMagic.com staff.
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Orlando Magic restricted free-agent guard J.J. Redick is close to signing a three-year offer sheet worth about $19 million with the Chicago Bulls, a league executive told Yahoo! Sports.
Redick could sign the agreement as soon as the weekend.
A source familiar with the offer sheet said a significant portion of the offer is a signing bonus, which makes it more difficult for Orlando to match.
The Bulls signed free-agent guard Kyle Korver to a three-year, $15 million contract on Friday.
Once the sheet is signed, the Magic will have seven days to match and keep Redick.
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The Orlando Magic were able to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats by the score of 80-77 on the fifth and final day of the 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League. Paul Davis led the way for the Magic, capping off a strong week with 24 points on seven shots (14-of-16 from the charity stripe), eight rebounds, and three steals. Stanley Robinson chipped in with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and one windmill dunk in the third quarter that elicited “oohs” and “aahs” from the onlookers at RDV Sportsplex. For the Bobcats, Sherron Collins finished with a game-high 32 points, including 7-of-11 shooting from the three-point line.
- Tania Ganguli of the Orlando Sentinel: ”One of the Matt Barnes’ hallmarks is he’s frank about many things. He likes to bring that to Twitter, too,where he has been letting his followers know that he’d like to come back to the [Orlando] Magic, but has no offer yet. Magic GM Otis Smith is not amused. I asked Smith if it bothered him that Barnes tweets about not getting an offer from the Magic. He thought about it for a second. ’Wonder why he hasn’t gotten an offer,’ Smith said. ‘If he stopped Tweeting, he might get one. … My preference is to not have your business all over the internet.’ ”
- General manager Otis Smith: “Competition is competition. I don’t know how you do it any other way. They’re putting together a pretty good team down in Miami. I think it’s good for our league. It’s probably good for us in the long run to have them in our division, because we’ll have to play them a few more times. That’ll only get you ready for what takes place in June. Unless we change the rules, it’s still a team game. Unless we change the rules, we’re still playing with five guys. Unless we change the rules, the event does matter. Let’s not give them a ring so fast. I mean, unless we change the rules, they still have to play together. Somebody’s going to have to take the side seat; somebody’s going to have to be Robin. Unless we change the rules, all those things are going to come into play.”
- Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post provides commentary on Smith’s comments.
- The Orlando Magic’s trade exception expires today.
- More from Ganguli: “There was some scuttlebutt about the Magic and former Knicks forward Al Harrington in the last few days. The Magic did have conversations about a sign-and-trade for Harrington, but those didn’t go anywhere. A source familiar with the negotiations told me it’s “unlikely” the Magic sign Harrington.”
- Here is how the Al Harrington rumors started.
- Senior vice president Pat Williams sympathizes with the Cleveland Cavaliers concerning LeBron James’ departure from the franchise after seven years — shades of Shaquille O’Neal leaving Orlando in 1996.
- Matt Barnes wants to stay with the Magic, even though he’s spoken to the Miami Heat.
- The battle between Orlando and Miami begins on October 22.
- John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “Stopping a team with James, Wade and Bosh might be equally overwhelming, but that the task now for the Magic and [Stan] Van Gundy. Orlando has won the past three Southeast Division crowns and appeared in the last two Eastern Conference title rounds, but their superiority could be threatened by Miami’s new firepower. Of course, Miami must still fill out its roster and add pieces around the new “Big Three,” but regardless the Heat will be a formidable opponent for Orlando. [...] Smith, the Magic’s GM, said he’s actually excited that Miami’s moves have breathed new life into the Magic-Heat rivalry once again. Smith said the NBA needs more close proximity rivalries like the one brewing now between the Magic and Heat. Smith laughed off the notion that Miami will struggle getting Wade, James and Bosh to play together, noting that “they will figure it out because they are three of the better players in the league.” And Smith said he doesn’t feel pressure to try and counter the Heat’s moves with splashy acquisitions of his own.”
In a Blink of an Eye, a Rivalry Between the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat Has Reached New Heights
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Welcome to Miami Thrice.
There are a number of nicknames that are being used to illustrate the union of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. Some complimentary, some not. Yet there are a number of adjectives that can also describe the newly-formed trio. ‘Unpredecented’ is, perhaps, the most appropriate one to label an alliance that has shaken the foundation of the NBA at its core. Never before has the best player in the league during his time, whether it’s James right now or Michael Jordan back then (this group is close), united with talents like Wade and Bosh in the prime of their careers. It’s unheard of. Yes, there have been “Big Threes” that have been talented to varying degrees, but this triumvirate is in rarified air. And the epicenter of the earthquake that occurred yesterday was located in Miami and the tremors are emitting to Orlando.
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In one felt swoop, the Miami Heat have transformed themselves from being a playoff team to a title contender — regardless of the seven players that will be needed to fill out the roster (Mike Miller appears to be accounted for, alongside Mario Chalmers). Likewise, after three years of reigning at the top of the Southeast Division with no legitimate challengers to dethrone them, the Orlando Magic have to deal with the Heat. The irony is that Miami was in the same boat from 2005 to 2007, but didn’t have a challenge until the last year when the Washington Wizards finished three games behind them in the division. Just like the Magic this year with the Atlanta Hawks.
It’s been said elsewhere but even though the rivalry between Orlando and Miami exists, given that they’re in the same state, same division, and all that, the rivalry hasn’t seen many fireworks over the years. The playoff duel in 1997 is one to remember, and when Shaquille O’Neal joined the Heat in 2005, that stoked the fires of the rivalry a little bit. Sure, there’s some animosity between both franchises when head coach Stan Van Gundy chose to coach the Magic in 2007 and president Pat Riley demanded, and received, compensation to allow the transaction to go through, which strained the relationships of the two teams. Can’t forget the storyline getting set up in the first place after Riley “replaced” Van Gundy in 2006, ultimately leading Miami to their first and only championship. Of course, there’s the humorous history of players having played for both franchises at some point in their careers. A list that includes Ike Austin, Rony Seikaly, and others. The point is, there’s always been skirmishes between Orlando and Miami. That’s it.
The Magic and the Heat are elite teams. Together. Never before have Orlando and Miami competed for championships at the same time … until now. Rest assured, it’s going to be a bloodbath. A slugfest. A war. Aside from the rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Magic and the Heat have the makings of being one of the most intense rivalries not only in the NBA but in sports in general. All of the elements are there and in a way, Magic fans should enjoy watching the drama unfold. ‘Beat the Heat’ becomes a relevant chant again, for instance. Miami has always been Orlando’s natural rival but it truly means something now. These are two teams vying for a title and three of the top five players in the league are going to be the actors in a script that everyone is dying to read.
So what does the Heat acquiring James, Wade, and Bosh mean to the Magic?
- Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “The [Orlando] Magic on Thursday brought aboard Chris Duhon, a veritable minnow on the free-agent market, while the largest, meanest shark circled all around them. And that meant only one thing. They’re going to need a bigger budget. The Magic’s grand plan looked pretty good until it turned out that a prime-time news conference Thursday didn’t involve the President. LeBron James couldn’t really beat the Magic as a Cleveland Cav, so he announced he was joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in a Holy Trinity of Superstars in Miami. Orlando has been out of the playoffs for more than a month, but this had to feel like another day the faithful needed cheering up. And to make matters worse, all this great fortune is heaped on Miami. If Stan Van Gundy feels as if the Heat are out to get him, can you blame him? The words from LeBron that had to make Magic fans cringe, ‘I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.’ ”
- Chris Duhon is excited to play for the Orlando Magic.
- Head coach Stan Van Gundy: “I think that certainly on paper they have to be the favorite. You can talk about needing time and the whole thing. But face it, Boston did it in the first year with the three guys [Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce] together. As good as those guys are, they were a little bit older at the time. You’ve got three guys right in their prime. You have to make them the favorites in the East on paper. Then, Los Angeles, as the two-time defending champions, you can’t write them off.”
- Today, Rashard Lewis introduced his new baby boy to the world.
- General manager Otis Smith hasn’t seen a trade offer for Marcin Gortat that he likes.
- Duhon wishes the New York Knicks the best of luck in their future endeavors.
- Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post has news and notes from Duhon’s press conference.
- Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse: “While many other teams are in a frantic mode, one of the NBA’s best outfits is content now to sit back and watch for a while. The Orlando Magic on Thursday did sign point guard Chris Duhon to a four-year, $15 million contract. But general manager Otis Smith said the Magic, NBA finalists two years ago and Eastern Conference finalists last spring, is now willing to be patient and see how things unfold in free agency.”