- Tania Ganguli of the Orlando Sentinel: “Stan Van Gundy likes that the Orlando Magic have the right to match any offer sheet restricted free agent SG J.J. Redick could sign with another team. Because Redick has played four consecutive seasons with the Magic, he’s considered a “Bird” free agent, meaning the Magic can pay him up to a maximum salary even though they are well above the NBA salary cap. Right now, the Magic seem inclined to bring back Redick even though it would plunge them further into the luxury tax. ‘I’m not worried about what J.J. might get from somebody,’ Van Gundy said Wednesday between games of the AirTran Airways Pro Summer League at RDV Sportsplex. “That would simply leave us with a decision, but the ball rests in our court. We’ll just have to make the decision when the time comes. Our intention is — and I know that from talking to [General Manager] Otis Smith — our intention is to match.’ ”
- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Free agents were allowed to start signing binding contracts at 12:01 this morning, but Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh already ended the speculation surrounding them. On Wednesday, Wade announced he’ll remain with the Miami Heat. Bosh declared he will sign with the Heat. ‘I don’t think there’s any doubt that they’re instant contenders to win an NBA championship,’ Van Gundy said. ‘It makes them very, very good and they still have a lot of money to fill out that roster.’ Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers expects the Bosh-Wade tandem will make his job tougher. ‘It just makes the East that much better, which is in some ways good and in some ways bad,’ Rivers said. ‘Listen, last year everybody chased Orlando because they were the defending champs. Now, this year, everyone will be chasing us. And everyone is fortifying their teams very well to do that.’ ”
- Against the New Jersey Nets in Summer League, Daniel Orton showed more effort.
- Head coach Stan Van Gundy raves about Chris Duhon‘s passing and defensive ability, as well as his youth.
- Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “The Magic’s goal the last two seasons has been to compete with the Lakers, Cavaliers and Celtics for the NBA championship, but now they must first Beat the Heat to even win a Southeast Division title. Hate to say it, Magic fans, but with Chris Bosh announcing Wednesday that he is joining Dwyane Wade in Miami, the Heat are now the new Beasts of the Southeast. They finished 47-35 last season — 12 games behind the division-winning Magic. Seems to me that adding Bosh, one of the top 10 players in the game, makes them at least a dozen games better than last season. And let’s not forget, the Heat still have cap room and flexibility to do even more during free agency. [...] Magic fans better hit their knees and pray that LeBron isn’t the final and fatal piece of the Heat’s free-agent windfall. If the ridiculously egotistical “King James” announces during his hour-long State-of-the-LeBron address on ESPN tonight that he, too, is joining the Heat then the Magic’s championship window of opportunity may have just slammed shut on GM Otis Smith’s poor little pinkies.”
- Dennis Scott is skeptical about the Miami Heat’s new superstar pairing.
- Head coach Doc Rivers jokingly wishes that all the major free agents signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.
- Kevin Durant has been a breathe of fresh air at the 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League.
- More from Van Gundy: “If he went anywhere but Cleveland I’d be shocked, but I’d be doubly shocked if he went to Miami. [Wade and James] both want to be the man. I think Chris Bosh was a different story. I think he had tried to be the man. It didn’t work. I think he’s willing to be a very, very good second fiddle. I think he’s seen what happened to Pau Gasol. Teams that are good but couldn’t win the playoffs to being the second guy in L.A. and it’s worked well for him. I’m sure Chris Bosh envisions something pretty much the same. All those guys would love to be the man but it’s not that easy as a lot of them have found. I think it’s great for the Heat and good for him.”
- Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus takes a look at the shooting guards in free agency, a group which includes J.J. Redick: “Though Redick’s stats had been terrible before 2009-10, it was evident during the 2009 postseason that his work behind the scenes was paying off. Redick has made himself into a positive at the defensive end of the floor and a capable ballhandler, and when he got regular minutes last season his shots started falling. I’m a little more concerned that last year might have been Redick’s high-water mark, but it’s a pretty nice mark.”
- More from Pelton: “The itinerant [Matt] Barnes shows up on this list year after year, and has climbed considerably–he was ranked 10th in 2008 and 11th in 2009. Barnes has established a nice little niche for himself as a role player who will provide toughness and defense without hurting you on offense. Mario Elie and Rick Fox, Barnes’ two best comps, are probably the patron saints of this group. All Barnes is missing is the ring. Would he be crazy enough to chase it as part of a super-team? That would be about the best pickup realistically possible at the minimum. If Barnes walks from Orlando, which looks likely after the Magic spent a good chunk of its mid-level exception on Chris Duhon, he’ll be missed.”
- Jameer Nelson is one of the top sidekicks in the NBA, according to Daniel Marks of Dime Magazine: “Nobody expected Nelson to be an All-Star caliber point guard when he was drafted out of St. Joe’s, but that’s what he has proven to be. Nelson can score, but also knows when to give the ball down low to Dwight Howard. Nelson beats out Rashard Lewis and Vince Carter for this position because he knows how to best play off of Superman.”
- A number of teams in the league are interested in Redick.
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The New Jersey Nets were able to defeat the Orlando Magic by the score of 94-91 on the third day of the 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League. For the Nets, it was the Damion James and Terrence Williams show. James led New Jersey with a game-high 30 points on 9-of-18 shooting, while Williams finished with 22 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals. Although Williams scored quite a bit for the Nets, it took him 26 shots to get to his total. Efficiency be damned. Derrick Favors only had four points and five rebounds, given that he was saddled with foul trouble. The Magic were led by Joe Crawford, who had 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting (4-of-5 from the three-point line). Paul Davis chipped in for Orlando, also, with 16 points on five shots and seven rebounds. Daniel Orton and Stanley Robinson didn’t do much.
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- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “The Orlando Magic’s agreement with free-agent point guard Chris Duhon could make it far more difficult for the team to re-sign popular small forward Matt Barnes. Magic General Manager Otis Smith said that he plans to use part of the team’s midlevel exception to acquire Duhon rather than package the team’s existing trade exception in a sign-and-trade deal with the New York Knicks. Duhon’s agent, Kevin Bradbury, said Duhon will complete a four-year, $15 million deal with the Magic on Thursday, the first day teams can sign free agents to new contracts. Duhon’s salary will leave fewer resources for the Magic to use if they want to bring back Barnes.”
- Assistant coach Patrick Ewing: “[Daniel Orton] has to pick up his energy, in my opinion. He has to act like he wants the ball down there. He’s a big man. He has a big body. You’ve got to demand the ball, demand it with your presence, demand it with your mouth. If the guys are missing him, then say something to them. We need for him to dominate. We need for him to get 10-plus rebounds, double-figure points. If we’re going to win, he has to dominate along with the guys on the perimeter.”
- The transition from college to the pros has been rough for several rookies.
- Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “With Amare Stoudemire announcing he will sign the New York Knicks, the Magic’s chances of winning a championship just got harder. Granted, Stoudemire is not LeBron James and the Knicks certainly have not been the NBA’s model franchise over the last decade, but don’t kid yourself. The Knicks are a big market team with lots and lots of money. And anytime a player of Stoudemire’s caliber moves from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference, it makes it tougher on the established powers in the East (see Stan Van Gundy, Dwight Howard and rest of the Orlando Magic). Particularly if the Knicks are able to attract another big-name free agent to go with Stoudemire.”
- Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel conducts a Q/A with Chris Duhon.
- Zach Harper of Hardwood Paroxysm looks back at the first day of Summer League: “[Orton] was easily the worst rookie of the day. He proved that jumping into the draft and securing a first round contract was maybe the smartest thing he could ever do with his life. He sold high on his hype and now will be guaranteed at least four years in the NBA. He fumbled passes, had slow post moves with no purpose and played pretty mediocre defense. He even got in a fight with Josh McRoberts and was ejected. All of this took place in just 13 minutes of action.”
- Jerome Randle, the next undrafted player to make it to the NBA?
- According to Camron Ghorbi of Dime Magazine, it’s do-or-die time for Jeff Adrien: “The biggest challenge for Adrien may be proving his worth over players on his own summer team roster. He doesn’t have the range of Paul Davis, the athleticism of Stanley Robinson or the size of Daniel Orton, and his lack of shooting ability and 6-7 frame have constantly managed to keep him out of the picture as a player on the NBA fringe. But even so, it may have been Adrien who turned the most heads (okay, other than Lance Stephenson) with his strong performance on the first day of Orlando Summer League action.”
- Video of Daniel Orton’s scuffle with Josh McRoberts.
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In a thrilling game that went down to the wire, the Utah Jazz were able to defeat the Orlando Magic by the score of 78-73 on the second day of the 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League. Gordon Hayward, the Jazz’s lottery pick, led the way with an efficient 14 points on five shots and made a three-pointer with 30.2 seconds left in the game that sealed the deal. Kosta Koufos had an impressive outing for Utah, as well, with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks … thoroughly outplaying Daniel Orton when they were matched up head-to-head. Patrick Ewing Jr. got things going for the Magic, with a game-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and two blocks. Paul Davis was an unsung hero for Orlando, with 13 points on six shots, five rebounds, and two blocks.
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Otis Smith’s persistent interest and the Orlando Magic’s chance to win now helped lead Chris Duhon to reach an agreement with the defending Southeast Division champions, Duhon’s agent, Kevin Bradbury, told the Orlando Sentinel minutes ago. [...]
The agreement — first reported by ESPN.com’s Chad Ford — is for $15 million over four years, Bradbury said. Teams can’t officially sign free agents to deals until 12:01 Thursday morning, and Bradbury said he expects the deal to signed and finalized on Thursday.
Chris Duhon played alongside J.J. Redick at Duke during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 college seasons.
“He’s already friends with Jameer [Nelson] and Dwight [Howard] and also J.J. from their days at Duke,” Bradbury said. ”He knows some other guys on the team, too. So, I feel that he thinks he’s a good fit. He’s coming into a situation where the team’s a winner and he’s coming into a role where he feels like he can help out.”
Tomorrow, check back for analysis on the Duhon signing.
- Tania Ganguli of the Orlando Sentinel: “[Daniel] Orton admitted to coming into camp a little bit out of shape and has been working hard to get in shape. “I didn’t want to tell [Patrick Ewing] but my legs are dead I had no explosiveness right now,” Orton said. “I’m not trying to use that as an excuse, it’s the truth.” Orton said he is glad to get his first Summer League start out of the way. His brother texted him this morning asking if he was nervous. Orton told him no, but about 30 minutes later replied again that he was. Those nerves will come and go throughout the week. He’s looking forward to learning from Ewing and Dwight Howard and has been in touch with Howard periodically since he was drafted two weeks ago. Orton said Vince Carter, who watched the Magic’s game, told him to relax after his ejection.”
- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “[Stanley] Robinson grew up in Birmingham, Ala., where he received the nickname “Sticks” as a seventh-grader because he was one of the skinniest players on his middle-school football team. Robinson felt happy that the [Orlando] Magic drafted him partly because Orlando and Birmingham are just a short plane ride away. His girlfriend, Martia Simmons, and their two daughters, 5-year-old Kamilah and 3-year-old Kelsi, still live in Alabama. Magic officials interviewed Robinson during the NBA’s predraft camp in Chicago, and during that conversation, they asked him about his leave of absence from UConn. Robinson told them he left school to pay for Kamilah’s and Kelsi’s daycare costs. Robinson never expected to spend any of his college years working in an industrial plant, sorting scrap metals and plastics and stacking aluminum rims. He worked with 11 other people, half of whom didn’t speak English. Robinson carried a small, circular magnet in his pocket and held the magnet to pieces of metal. Any scraps that attracted the magnet had to be separated from the other metals. It was mind-numbing work, but Robinson did his job well.”
- When it comes to free agency, general manager Otis Smith is not in a rush.
- The 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League is all work and no play.
- Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post recaps the Orlando Magic’s loss to the Indiana Pacers.
- Not a good day for Daniel Orton.
- Daniel Marks of Dime Magazine thinks Stanley Robinson has a future with the Magic: “Robinson is one of the most athletic players in the draft and could be a real steal for Orlando. Stan Van Gundy preaches defense, and Robinson has the ability to lock down guys on the perimeter. With Matt Barnes a free agent and rumors that Mickael Pietrus could be on his way out of town, Robinson should be with the Magic in November.”
- Patrick Ewing Jr. is a player to watch at Summer League in Orlando: “Somehow, he’s already 26 years old. The former Georgetown player is taking the ol’ Little League route: if you can’t make a team, get your dad to coach and reap the benefits. All jokes aside, Ewing Jr. is an NBA athlete that a lot of people had pegged as a sleeper when he declared for the Draft. He doesn’t have many skills, but he is 6-8 and has some potential as a defensive stopper. Orlando could be a good spot for him.”
- Dwight Howard will not play in the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey.
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The Indiana Pacers were able to defeat the Orlando Magic by the score of 86-77 on the first day of the 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League. Lance Stephenson — the Pacers’ second round pick — was spectacular, as he finished the game with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, four rebounds, and three assists. Indiana’s lottery pick, Paul George, had a quiet day, with 12 points and four rebounds. The Magic were led by Jeff Adrien, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds in roughly 20 minutes of action. Patrick Ewing Jr. had 17 points for Orlando, but it took him 15 shots to get to that total.
The Pacers jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter and the Magic never seriously threatened in the game, despite being able to stay within striking distance throughout.