Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 57

Feb 21

Magic acquire Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb, and Beno Udrih from Milwaukee; Hakim Warrick from Charlotte

Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have acquired forward Tobias Harris, guard Doron Lamb and guard Beno Udrih from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard J.J. Redick, forward-center Gustavo Ayón and guard Ish Smith, general manager Rob Hennigan announced today. In addition, the Magic acquired forward Hakim Warrick and cash considerations from the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for forward Josh McRoberts. The Magic intend to waive Warrick.

“Tobias (Harris) and Doron (Lamb) are two young players who complement our current roster and have tremendous potential to grow with us,” Hennigan said. “Tobias is a versatile forward that can play both forward positions, while Doron is a combo guard who helps fortify our backcourt with his shooting and ball-handling ability. Beno (Udrih) is a proven point guard who adds veteran leadership and experience to our team.”

“J.J. (Redick) was a great contributor to the Orlando Magic during his time with our organization, both on the court and in the community. We wish him, Gustavo (Ayón), Ish (Smith) and Josh (McRoberts) the best of luck in the future.”

Feb 21

Milwaukee Bucks acquire J.J. Redick

Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

With the prospect of losing guard J.J. Redick to free agency this summer the Orlando Magic traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Bucks sent the Magic Doron Lamb, Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih for Redick. Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith were sent to Milwaukee as part of the deal for Redick.

Feb 21

Charlotte Bobcats acquire Josh McRoberts

Via Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer:

The Charlotte Bobcats did a deal at the trade deadline, but it won’t exactly change the course of the franchise.

The Bobcats moved one little-used power forward, Hakim Warrick, for another little-used power forward – Orlando’s Josh McRoberts.

This makes the Bobcats a bit younger: McRoberts, who played at Duke, is in his sixth NBA season, while Warrick is in his eigth. It also shaves a couple hundred thousand off the Bobcats’ salary cap.

But this is essentially a bit player for a bit player. Warrick played in only one of his last 11 games as a Bobcat. McRoberts played in three of his last four games with the Magic, never for more than 14 minutes.

McRoberts’ contract ends at the conclusion of this season. Warrick has a $4 million team option for next season.

Feb 21

Recap: Dallas Mavericks 111, Orlando Magic 96

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Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images

BOX SCORE

With time winding down in the third quarter, Jameer Nelson beat O.J. Mayo to a loose ball at half-court and had a wide open lane to the basket for a layup. But Nelson elected to pass the ball to J.J. Redick, who was darting to the rim on the right-hand side of the court.

However, Mayo hustled back in transition and blocked Redick’s layup attempt. The ball bounced on the rim a few times, which allowed Mayo time to recover and grab the rebound from Nelson.

Mayo raced down the court, triggering a fast break for the Dallas Mavericks just seconds after the Orlando Magic had a 2-on-1 fast break. Mayo crossed the half-court line and threw an alley-oop pass to Vince Carter for a dunk that woke up a quiet crowd at American Airlines Center — shades of “Vinsanity.”

It was a game-defining play.

Instead of the Magic, who had stormed back from a 16-point deficit thanks to their defense, extending their lead to 81-73, it was a four-point swing for the Mavericks and they now trailed only by four points (79-75) with 1:48 remaining in the quarter.

After Carter’s alley-oop dunk, he followed that up with two three-pointers on Dallas’ next three possessions. The second three-pointer allowed the Mavericks to retake the lead at 83-82 before the end of the period. It was a lead Dallas would never relinquish again, as they dominated the fourth quarter and put Orlando away for good.

And in the final period, Nelson had to leave the game with a left knee injury after fighting for a loose ball with Darren Collison.

It was not a good night for the Magic, who put up a valiant effort but were soundly defeated — their 26th loss in the last 29 games.

MVP (Most Valuable Player)

Even though his stat line wasn’t that impressive, Carter was unquestionably the difference maker for the Mavericks. He made several momentum-changing plays late in the third quarter that turned the tide back in Dallas’ favor after they coughed up a 16-point lead. 

Defining Moment

Trailing 79-73 with less than two minutes left in the third quarter, Mayo’s chase-down block on Redick and alley-oop pass to Carter for a dunk on the other end changed the complexion of the game. The Mavericks would retake the lead shortly thereafter. 

That Was … the Coup de Grâce

In the middle of a 21-2 fourth quarter run, Carter stole Andrew Nicholson’s outlet pass and dished off a behind-the-back pass to Shawn Marion for a layup. A highlight-reel play that served as the proverbial icing on the cake for Dallas. 

Feb 20

Preview: Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks

Essentials

  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks
  • Date: February 19, 2013
  • Time: 8:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: American Airlines Center

Records

  • Magic: 15-38
  • Mavericks: 23-29

Probable starters

Magic:

  • Jameer Nelson
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Andrew Nicholson
  • Nikola Vucevic

Mavericks:

  • Darren Collison
  • O.J. Mayo
  • Shawn Marion
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Bernard James

Advanced stats

Magic:

  • Pace: 91.5 (17th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.0 (26th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 108.0 (25th of 30)

Mavericks:

  • Pace: 94.6 (4th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 105.1 (13th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 106.5 (19th of 30)

Read about the Mavericks

The Two Man Game

Feb 20

Wednesday’s Magic Word

  • The Milwaukee Bucks are interested in J.J. Redick, but according to one report, the Orlando Magic are not interested in acquiring Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the remainder of his two-year, $8.97 million contract. Redick is also seeking a new contract close to $10 million per year. UPDATE: Lance Allan of NBC Milwaukee reports that “talks are over.”
  • The Memphis Grizzlies could use a shooter like Redick. The problem is that the Grizzlies don’t have many assets — their 2013 first round pick was sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a salary dumping trade on January 22.
  • The Magic couldn’t overcome a 20-point deficit in last night’s loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
  • Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: “Indiana, Milwaukee, Chicago and Minnesota have expressed interest in trading for Redick, but teams have been reluctant to give up a first-round pick and a good young player for a player who could turn into a rental for the rest of the season.”
  • Amin Elhassan of ESPN Insider thinks that the Chicago Bulls are the “perfect” landing spot for Redick.

Feb 20

Recap: Charlotte Bobcats 105, Orlando Magic 92

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AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.

BOX SCORE

With each loss, the Orlando Magic bring themselves closer to having the worst record in the NBA, trailing only the Charlotte Bobcats for that dubious honor.

The Magic’s latest loss came against those very same Bobcats, as they were defeated 105-92 in their first game back from the All-Star break. For Orlando, they have now lost 25 of their last 28 games and have fallen two games behind Charlotte for the worst record in the league.

This was a game where Charlotte jumped out to a big early lead and Orlando was unable to fully recover from a large deficit.

In the first quarter, the Bobcats got off to a quick start thanks in large part due to Gerald Henderson, who made five of his first six field goals and scored 14 of his season-high 24 points in the period. Matched up primarily against Arron Afflalo, Henderson did whatever he wanted offensively. He did a nice job of mixing it up — nailing jumpers from the perimeter, attacking the rim, and getting to the free-throw line.

Buoyed by Henderson’s hot start, Charlotte finished with a season-high in first quarter points (37).

The Bobcats were able to keep the momentum going in the second quarter, and coupled with a lackadaisical effort from the Magic, they finished the period on a 15-3 run and opened up a 20-point lead heading into halftime.

In the second half, Orlando played with more energy and effort on both ends of the floor. Particularly on the defensive side of the ball, as Charlotte’s offense cooled down considerably in the third quarter after a torrid first half. That allowed the Magic to begin to chip away at their deficit.

Orlando continued their comeback bid in the fourth quarter, whittling down the Bobcats’ lead to 90-88 with 4 minutes left. But Charlotte responded by ending the game on a 15-4 run. The catalyst was Kemba Walker, who had a quiet first half, but scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half and accounted for 11 of the final 15 points for the Bobcats.

MVP (Most Valuable Player)

The player of the game was Henderson. He scored 14 of his 24 points in the first quarter and paved the way for Charlotte to pick up a rare road win coming out of the All-Star break.

X-Factor

You could make a case that Walker was the MVP of this game based on his performance in the fourth quarter. He scored 11 of his 24 points in the final period and quelled the Magic’s comeback attempt.

Defining Moment

After trailing 63-43 at halftime, Orlando clawed their way back into the game and cut their deficit to as little as two points late in the fourth quarter. But the Bobcats responded by finishing the game on a 15-4 run.

Feb 19

Preview: Charlotte Bobcats at Orlando Magic

Essentials

  • Teams: Charlotte Bobcats at Orlando Magic
  • Date: February 19, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center

Records

  • Bobcats: 12-40
  • Magic: 15-37

Probable starters

Bobcats:

  • Kemba Walker
  • Gerald Henderson
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
  • Byron Mullens
  • Bismack Biyombo

Magic:

  • Jameer Nelson
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Andrew Nicholson
  • Nikola Vucevic

Advanced stats

Bobcats:

  • Pace: 91.7 (14th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 101.3 (28th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 110.9 (29th of 30)

Magic:

  • Pace: 91.5 (17th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.2 (25th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 108.0 (24th of 30)

Read about the Bobcats

Queen City Hoops

Feb 19

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • J.J. Redick isn’t worried about the possibility of him being traded.
  • Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports: “Sharp-shooting J.J. Redick, who is making $6 million in the final year of his contract, is a hot commodity as the trade deadline approaches.”
  • The Orlando Magic are looking for at least a first round pick for Redick.
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “The days leading up to the NBA trade deadline can be stressful for some NBA players, but guards J.J. Redick and Arron Afflalo have vowed to push aside thoughts of rumored deals in an attempt to help the Orlando Magic start the final stretch of the season on a positive note.”
  • Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD: “The Magic and Knicks have discussed a J.J. Redick for Iman Shumpert trade. Other players (and maybe a third team) would have to be involved.”
  • The Milwaukee Bucks are rumored to be interested in trading Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and a first round pick for Redick if they’re able to move Monta Ellis first.
  • Tom Haberstroh of ESPN Insider suggests the Denver Nuggets should trade Timofey Mozgov and the Knicks’ 2016 first round pick for Redick.

Feb 15

RareInk launches NBA photo-art collection to highlight the 2013 NBA All-Star Game

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Photo by RareInk

Via NBA press release:

RareInk, an official NBA art licensee, announced the unveiling of a 200-piece collection of cutting-edge, photo-based artwork featuring past and present NBA players released in conjunction with the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.

Available exclusively on RareInk.com, the NBA photo-art collection features iconic photographs that have been graphically enhanced by RareInk artists for stunning color and maximum resolution, providing the ultimate presentation for fan’s walls. Each piece is produced using museum quality archival materials and is offered as either fine art paper prints ($69 and $109) or stretched canvases ($109 and $199). Every piece is a hand-numbered, limited-edition, with release numbers ranging from 100 to 250.

“The goal of RareInk’s artwork is to capture the excitement and history of the NBA in a uniquely artistic way,” said Tim Muret, CEO of RareInk. “Our new collection, featuring some of the leagues’ most iconic moments including NBA All-Star, is the perfect complement to our original art series and offers fans an incredible assortment of imagery to choose from as they look to decorate their home or office.”

Highlights of the collection include a series featuring top moments of the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest including: Michael Jordan’s famous free-throw line dunk (1988); Blake Griffin dunking over a car (2011); Spud Webb and Dominique Wilkens’ memorable matchup (1986); and Vince Carter’s electrifying performance in 2000. Additionally, every 2013 NBA All-Star is included in the collection.

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