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Wouldn't Orlando take Noel if they landed number 1 or 2? He seems to have the most potential. Besides, it's been a while since we've selected the best center in the draft. What of Nikola in that situation?...contract is too good but could he be traded for a young pg? Could Orlando actually trade down if they get 1 or 2 and then try for Smart?
1 year, 9 months ago on Chad Ford: Magic take Smart with top pick | March | 2013 Articles
@LaurenceZ Why would the Magic be interested in dumping long term contracts? Nobody would want Harrington which means Orlando would have to take a step back to get rid of him. I think Rob must be thinking 2 or 3 years from now cause Orlando needs time to develop a championship team. Those contracts should be moved only if a team is willing to give up future assets for expiring deals. Yeah, maybe Turk but still not sure how interested teams would be. Davis helps Orlando be competitive enough to keep a fan base.
In three years from now, maybe they start winning 50 games with these young guys and are still flexible if they build slowly. That's a good team imo. Not a sub .500 team with no superstars that can win them a championship now or in the near future.
I like this team a lot...but Orlando is a long way off.
1 year, 11 months ago on Early trade deadline musings | January | 2013 Articles
Hmmm. Cousins would help the Magic now...help them make the playoffs maybe and then the Magic get booted soon after. He'll probably detract future free agents who won't want to play with him and eventually suck a huge percentage of the salary cap. Yeah...Orlando shouldn't see a future in Cousins. Great player though.
I'd like to see Redick go to...I dunno, a team notorious for losing that is willing to give up a draft pick. Why would Orlando trade a big contract when it would lessen a deal to help Orlando in the future.
Orlando could be a good team on the rise in three years from now. I hope that all trades are put towards that and those players with big deals could just go away on their own instead of causing future damage vs. current damage.
On a lesser note, I as a fan like to see Turk and Jameer. They should have many fans still coming to games on their past accomplishments alone.
I'm assuming Orlando wants Afflalo and he won't get traded. Right? He's gotta be Orlando's most marketable player and should be the engine stirring entertainment while the Magic weather the storm. Same goes for Davis.
Hmmm. Yeah. Orlando is not a great offensive team... Watching Anderson play again was good. It's interesting to have him as a reserve on a 5-win team.
Here's what I what thinking. I knew, with 18 seconds left to play, that Orlando was going to burn around 12 seconds and hike up a contested three. It's really hard to free up Nelson or Redick long after the inbound pass. Also, it wasn't for the win anyways.
Why don't teams, or Orlando at least. Just run a quick reverse screen or double screen for Redick with Jameer as the second option and plan to fire up a shot in about 4 seconds? These plays seem very effective. If he makes it, game's tied and the fate of the game is left up to.... the Hornets. It's not like Lebron was on the other team. Not a lot to worry about.
If he misses, everyone crashes the boards and hope to get another full play off. If there's no offensive rebound, the game's over. If there is an offensive rebound, you at least get a Jameer crossover and a solid three point attempt or maybe a half-decent play to give yourself a second chance. It's a mini 2 for 1.
I was pretty pissed at the end of that game. Kicked my remote across the room. I saw Vaughn throw up two fingers for the offense. I think maybe coaches are taking this, "you know our play but can you stop it?" a little too far maybe.
1 year, 11 months ago on Magic's defense lets down as Hornets snap 11-game skid | December | 2012 Articles
Some of my poorest writing ever in my last post but I have another question. I can't imagine my beloved Orlando point guard getting that 8 million team option. Is Jameer a possible expiring contract deal next year and how much of the following year is guaranteed. I'll never want to see Nelson go. He's our current Nick Anderson and hope he's with the organization for a long time to come.
1 year, 12 months ago on J.J. Redick increases his value, leaving Magic with tough decision | December | 2012 Articles
I'm curious about what direction the Magic can take. As a fan, you'd love to see a trade that adds talent to the starting unit but the contracts and the rebuilding effort of the Magic and the chance of making the playoffs is tough. J.J., like Ryan Anderson, seems to be a player that should garner some assets for the future. An eighth seed doesn't seem to be Orlando's goal though Rob does seem to have the fans in mind as well as the future. I would like to see J.J. go for a very high draft pick but that means we'll be waiting three or more years and a massive free agent (Hi, this is Rob with the Orlando Magic, Is Kevin Love home?). It takes patience and we're all not even sure what Rob is truly capable of or thinking. I like the team and J.J.
We lost Baby and still have Turk and Harrington so this team could be even better. Turk's contract is gone in two years. I dunno. I like this team for what they're worth but wouldn't mind looking towards the future either. Nobody will care about these players in three years from now if Orlando is strong and has a bright future.
Do we know anything about Harrington? Is he ever coming back soon? What type of player is he going to be?
Hey Philip. I moved to a new country and have been busy but I'm back. Truly the Magic are less successful this year but a lot more likable. Never thought I would like Big Baby so much. You were right about the starting center spot and thanks for the updates like this one on Nicholson. Now that the only writer I read (and my favorite overall) at espn is gone I'm exclusively reading your stuff. Keep up the good work.
2 years ago on Magic Wands: Howard not looking back
Let Jameer Nelson loose! That guy is a team player but I think he could score anywhere at any time on the floor. Even with Dwight as the defensive anchor, we all noticed in the 2010 series Orlando lost to Boston that the Magic go as Jameer goes, at least offensifly. New players may change Jameer's role but this team should be more fun to watch even if they lose often.
2 years, 2 months ago on Magic remain full of expectation
I thought it was quite clear Ayon was the better player and would start. Good write up, I hope Nikola succeeds.
I wish we didn't let Anderson go. He may be pretty dang good in a few years when the Magic are climbing out.
2 years, 2 months ago on What can we expect from Nikola Vucevic? | September
I'm an Orlando Magic fan first and before any individual player.
Barring a "Deron Williams" freebie that would've helped Dwight in Orlando, Orlando will be better off without Dwight. Part of me agrees with Dwight. Otis Smith has to at least take half the blame. Otis was amazing -- and then amazingly awful, over-aggressive, and foolish. It was fun for a while. I think the Gilbert Arenas trade was unnecessarily impatient and could have began the end, not just of Dwight in Orlando, but of Orlando as a great team. All of this in hindsight, of course.
2 years, 3 months ago on Magic Wands: Dwight Howard thanks Orlando | September
That's right. Two ceilings
2 years, 3 months ago on 44 Days to Tip Off: Out of hibernation | September
Yeah. The Solar Bears! They were the best in the league I thought? I don't remember. I went to a couple of games when I was a teenager. Pretty awesome stuff. I remember the entire starting lineup got kicked out for a fight. It'll be cool to see it at the new arena. Count me in.
Why not do a day of profiles on each player the Magic have? Where did they come from? What is their ceiling? Role for next year. Ceiling.
Sorry for the suggestion but I'm reading up each player myself and figured, if you did it, you'd do it right.
Some don't like Jameer. I understand Jameer isn't a hall-of-famer by any stretch of the imagination. But he's my favorite player because when Brian Hill was force feeding Dwight and the offense was poppycock, Jameer was the only player who could score when it mattered. It's hard to pick 5 guys that will have meant more to Orlando by the time this is through. That's why Jameer is my favorite player. Hard worker with a great attitude and a sweet jump shot complemented by a winning mentality.
2 years, 3 months ago on 56 Days to Tip Off | September
Very nicely done.
2 years, 3 months ago on Pat Williams is where he belongs | September
Cool. Good update. I'm good with heart and hustle part 2.
2 years, 3 months ago on Two top prospects under NCAA investigation | August
I think our new member from south of the border will help retain our fan base. I heard he's quite likable.
2 years, 4 months ago on A rise from mediocrity | August
Wow. 11 years of no second round. I believed in the team most every year during that span. I bet the average fan believed in them too. Now, we'll see what happens when nobody thinks Orlando will win.
I'm on board, though. No more average! Orlando has almost never been a favorite and they go crazy with "win now" every time they get close. It's painful now, but nobody will care once it starts to turn the corner. I think, "oh yeah, the Thunder were so bad and Durant was criticized constantly." I almost completely forgot once they started winning 50 games.
Even if we get bad luck in the draft, we can slowly and methodically compete most years if we do it right. Just hope Orlando doesn't end up looking like the Hawks. I'm thinking 2015 must be the earliest to get back. My vision, two prior years of drafting and trading, and go after someone like the young Olympian from Minnesota or another star who emerges.
Yeah. I agree. Dwight was good. When he dunked that first basket in overtime against Cleveland...man, I'll never forget it. Now, instead of waiting years for our bad contracts to run out, Dwight can prove his worth on the Lakers.
As for us, we'll be alright. It was so great to go from worst to 2nd over the years. The team is new again and can only improve. These next couple of years and draft picks is the beginning of something good. 7 years from now, maybe we'll beat Dwight for our first championship...and like Dwight did for us with Shaq, someone else will do for Dwight.
2 years, 4 months ago on Thank you Dwight Howard | August