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Nice job trying to spin it, but this decision sucked. Hennigan screwed up already. The Nicholson pick never made complete sense, as we had Anderson, Davis, Harper, & Clark on the team, but I guess Hennigan knew back at the draft he was not going to match any contract that was offered to Anderson. This was a stupid decision. Anderson absolutely was worth 9 mil a year. He is a young, hard worker that has developed every year. Plus, he would still be a tradable asset in future years because he would be valuable to several teams at that price, even if we decided we didn't want to continue paying him that much. I guess our plan is to completely & horribly tank the next several years. I was fine with rebuilding, but this team is going to be MISERABLE next year. I guess we are going for the #1 pick again.

2 years, 4 months ago on Magic to deal Anderson for Ayon | July

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Good article. Definitely not many plausible trade options out there, but something has to happen.

2 years, 4 months ago on Exploring Dwight Howard trade options | July

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 @Vitrylo Wow I actually like that trade. I started laughing when I first clicked the link and saw a Thunder trade, but it would actually make sense for both teams. Dwight may not want to be in a small market, but that Thunder team would definitely win championships. And I would love to have Harden. Plus, all those other players would be great role players, and if we didn't want them, they would be valuable trade assets.

2 years, 4 months ago on How the Magic took Dwight Howard for granted | July

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Jumping the gun a little bit, I think this is one of the best possibilities:

 

http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=7tp2wr4

2 years, 4 months ago on How the Magic took Dwight Howard for granted | July

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Since a trade seems inevitable at this point, are you going to post a possible trade scenarios article soon? 

 

I am interested to see if you have any ideas for a good trade scenario between us and the Nets, Lakers, Mavericks, Hawks, or Rockets.

2 years, 4 months ago on How the Magic took Dwight Howard for granted | July

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Also, in regards to the argument that Anderson's "per 36 mins" numbers didn't improve much, I think there is a huge difference in being able to put up those numbers against starters & better quality players throughout the game than as a bench player for short periods of time.

2 years, 6 months ago on Ryan Anderson wins NBA's Most Improved Player | May

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 @jtshoopsblog Lin may have had a bigger impact on a per game basis, but he only played in 35 games this year & started in 25 (26.9 mins/game). Anderson played & started in 61 games (32.2 mins/game). I just think it would be hard to give a MIP award to someone who only played about half the games in a season.

2 years, 6 months ago on Ryan Anderson wins NBA's Most Improved Player | May

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Not to mention now that with Turk & Dwight out, instead of rested players for the playoffs, we are going to have super fatigued players. Plus there is a very real chance of slipping to the 7 or 8 seed and getting dominated in the 1st round.

2 years, 7 months ago on Missing Superman | April

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 @MattBostian Well unfortunately Dwight's trade value just plummeted. Instead of an invincible, never injured superstar, he is now going to be plagued the rest of his career with this herniated disk problem. If he doesn't play this post-season & play fairly well (not to mention the whole wanting to fire his coach thing), his trade value will be markedly diminished. Herniated disks don't just go away. You can rehab them & they seem fine for a while, but they ALWAYS come back. Dwight now has a true kryptonite.

2 years, 7 months ago on Missing Superman | April

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Any reason why Wafer didn't play with the team so fatigued? I missed the whole 1st half of the game.

 

Also, why did Duhon not play? I saw Ish was playing great, but was it because of the suspension, injury, or just Ish beating him out for who Van Gundy thought should play in the game?

2 years, 7 months ago on Back to Earth, one brick at a time | April

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 @jjmagic That last comment was meant to be a response to you jjmagic, but I posted it in the wrong place.

 

Anyways, I do agree with you about Otis. He should be gone.

 

Are you really using Shaq as a source? He loves to stir trouble, AND he HATES Van Gundy. From the Miami days, to the media battles about flopping and Stan being the "Master of Panic," etc. But like I said before, I do think Stan has grown as a coach since his Miami days. He definitely has toned it down during games. And if you listen to every Stan post-game like I do, you'd realize that yes, he is EXTREMELY critical. However, things he says are accurate, and don't forget that he always defends his players & makes a strong effort to point out what they did good. I mean just look at what he had to say about how courageous Dwight was in the Philly game, and that was a day after the whole media storm about firing.

 

So yes, Van Gundy is very critical, but at least from my end he always mixes it with positives, and he definitely brings out the best in players that listen to him (see Ryan Anderson, JJ Redick, etc.).

2 years, 7 months ago on Magic Wands: Leadership Questions in Orlando | April

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No argument about Dwight being by far the best center in the league. But he is not a leader, he is immature & self-centered, and he is ultimately not good for team chemistry. He has proven that throughout this whole year. Unless he and Stan can thoroughly mend their relationship (& not a quick patch job just to get through the season), I do not want Howard permanently on this team. He has way to much power right now. Trust me, if I think Howard matures or grows at all as a person, then I will forgive him and gladly except the best center in the league back on my team. But until then, I'd rather start rebuilding, and I think Stan is the perfect guy for that. Stan has toned it down a lot this year, which shows his willingness to adapt & do what is best for the team. Howard plays hard, but he is not willing to make personal sacrifices for the good of the team.

 

To conclude, it is simple, I don't want an immature player essentially running the team as a pseudo-GM. Sometimes it is time to cut your losses, & I'd rather lose Howard, because if we don't, and he doesn't mature, then problems like this are going to keep happening. Not to mention, and probably most importantly, Howard is going to bolt anyways if we can't bring in another superstar soon, so I don't like putting all my eggs in the Howard basket. Especially if it makes one of the best coaches in the league expendable.

 

 

2 years, 7 months ago on Magic Wands: Leadership Questions in Orlando | April

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Also, to express my more emotionally charged opinion, I'd love to start rebuilding at the end of this season with Van Gundy, JJ Redick, Ryan Anderson, Liggins, possibly Nelson, & a few others. Hard-working, fairly young players (except Nelson) who respect their coach and can respond to criticism. Pre-deadline I was overjoyed that we kept Howard. Well not anymore. He is a cancer on this team. We may put the best team on the court with Howard, but we won't win a championship with him, so why not send him to his big market this offseason & get a few draft picks & a young player or two out of it. Dwight is not a leader. He does not have any leadership qualities, we have known this for a while, and have just sat & hoped he would develop them. Now we know he is incapable of that. He is indecisive, emotionally volatile, self-centered, doesn't respect leadership, two-faced, etc. The Magic should just give it all we have for the rest of this season, and then move on from this era of Magic basketball.

2 years, 7 months ago on Magic Wands: Leadership Questions in Orlando | April

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 @philrsquared  @JAYoung I absolutely agree that the problem is a poorly built roster.

 

As far as the young players, you cannot win a championship with 2nd round rookies being thrown consistently into the line-up during a shortened season & a season with very limited practice time between games. If players like Turk & Jameer do not perform, there is NO chance of us winning the championship, or even going deep in the playoffs. No, I do not like the fact that our playoff aspirations depend on someone like Turk, but it is the reality of the situation. That is the roster we have. That is the problem with the team, not the coach. I love Liggins & think he has a lot of potential, but he is not capable of being a key player in championship run during his 1st season, particularly a lock-out season. The focus needs to be on getting Turkoglu, Jameer, & J-Rich to start playing at levels at least a little closer to how they played a few years ago.

 

Also, a random thought I had at the end of this. Name 1 player who Van Gundy started coaching before they were ~26 years old lets say, who did not develop significantly under Van Gundy, given that Van Gundy coached them for at least 2 years (i.e. Ryan Anderson, Brandon Bass, Marcin Gortat, Howard, Turkoglu the 1st time we had him, Courtney Lee even if for just a year, etc). Also, Orton doesn't count because he was injured all last year.

2 years, 7 months ago on Magic Wands: Leadership Questions in Orlando | April

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Trade Howard in the offseason! Keep Van Gundy. Howard shouldn't be the team's GM. (Also I would be in favor of firing Otis Smith.)

2 years, 7 months ago on Magic Wands: vs. Knicks 4/5 | April

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 @philrsquared Ok cool, thanks for the explanation.

2 years, 8 months ago on Now what? | March

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 @philrsquared So are the only free agents we have coming up this summer Anderson, Liggins, & Orton? I assume anyone that has a player option, like Jameer, will exercise it. Also, I assume we will re-sign Liggins, since he is a perfect player to sign to a minimum deal just to fill out the roster.

 

How would you "stretch the remaining deal on J-Rich &/or Glen Davis"? I don't know exactly what that means. Thanks.

2 years, 8 months ago on Now what? | March

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So I assume it is financially impossible to sign Deron Williams this summer?Even if the team is willing to go deep into the luxury tax? I don't know why, but I thought when Arenas' contract was gone, we would be able to. There is no one we can buy-out or decline an option on or something that would free up enough money? Could it work if the Nets did some sort of sign-n-trade in the summer (although I can't think of a situation where they would make that trade, even if he told them for sure he was gone)?

2 years, 8 months ago on Now what? | March

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I feel sorry for Redick out there sometimes. When its him, Baby, Clark, Q, & Duhon, he really has to carry the team offensively. You see him taking a lot of shots he wouldn't normally take, possibly because he feels it is on his shoulders to get something going. On the bright side, he is learning more and more how to create his own shot, which can only help us in the long run (if we keep him, which I am starting to fear we won't).

Also, I love how after Anderson played an amazing offensive game, Van Gundy still called him out for his 2 rebounds lol. Luckily, I think Anderson really understands where Van Gundy is coming from, and realizes Van Gundy wouldn't be so hard on him if he didn't see tremendous potential. I really really hope we keep Anderson, because I think he is the type of person that can handle Van Gundy's criticism in a positive way and it will help him develop into the best player he can be.

2 years, 9 months ago on 3-Point contest comes early | February

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We played a pretty good game. I still cringe every time Big Baby shoots though. Most of them aren't even close when he shoots jumpers. And when he is close to the basket, he always looks so awkward going up, as if he is always trying to draw the foul rather than taking a good shot. I'd rather have Clark playing and developing than Big Baby, even if Baby was here for free, let alone what he is actually getting paid. I can't criticize how he hustles most games, but I feel I can criticize just about everything else. I guess occasionally he plays good defense (but so does Clark and has more room for growth).

2 years, 9 months ago on Bench blitz and energy tops Timberwolves | February

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@CollegeWolf I agree. Good discussion. I liked hearing what Mike had to say about Dwight and Kahn, and I completely agree with him. Also, Dwight moved one step closer to villain after what he said in Milwaukee. What a stupid time to say that stuff.

2 years, 9 months ago on Family Time: Checking in on the Timberwolves | February

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Not an excuse for losing, but there was one play towards the end of the game where Nelson turned the ball over by stepping out of bounds on the baseline. If you watch the replays, he clearly didn't step out. There was blue between his shoe and the white line. That turnover ended up being huge, and it was the refs fault, not Nelson's.

2 years, 9 months ago on Magic's execution falters in overtime loss to Clippers | February

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I cannot explain how infuriated I would be if the Magic fired Van Gundy. With any other coach we wouldn't even be an 8th seed playoff caliber team right now. I know I am beating a dead horse after reading some of the other comments, but just look how many players have had their best seasons under Van Gundy. Look at all the players he has developed into quality players (usually just to see them traded away for veterans on the steady decline). Regardless of whether Dwight stays or goes, Van Gundy is the coach for this team. He would be perfect for rebuilding and developing younger players.

And if Otis somehow stays with the team after this season and Van Gundy gets fired, my head might explode. Otis needs to go. There is no benefit of keeping him come the offseason. If Dwight stays, I don't want him, and if Dwight goes, I sure as hell don't want him rebuilding our team.

No coach prepares their players for games on a day-to-day basis better than Van Gundy. No coach has as much passion for the game and a desire to win as Van Gundy. No one develops talent like Van Gundy. And if you watch Van Gundy's interview after the Clippers game, Van Gundy is always willing to admit when he did not do the best coaching job and shift all the blame onto his own shoulders. There is no question in my mind that Van Gundy should be the coach of our future, regardless of Dwight.

2 years, 9 months ago on Stan Van Gundy stuck in middle of Magic mess, its likeliest casualty | February

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I definitely vote to get rid of Otis and agree that he is the reason why we are in our current position, but you did forget one surprisingly brilliant move he made. He acquired Rafer Alston, and without that move, we never would have made it to the finals.

2 years, 9 months ago on Glen Davis' struggles another indictment of Otis Smith | February

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I am a little late in reading this and possibly looking for excuses to some extent, but I think injuries were a larger cause of our recent failures than the media and other fans have made it seem. I don't believe it to be the primary cause of our failures, but the problems of fatigue, lack of practice, and locker room chemistry are all exacerbated by missing multiple players do to injuries that each lasted about a handful of games.

2 years, 9 months ago on Just A Blip? | February

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Does anyone else ever get the impression that Otis is poking the bear sometimes with his public comments? I mean "Dwight can still walk, but with a $30 million haircut" is not exactly the type of comment that makes Dwight think positively of his GM. Also, I don't know how I feel about the public comment about Jameer Nelson not playing well because of Dwight. To a large extent I agree with the comment, but is it really something you want your GM saying publicly about your star player who wants to leave as is? Dwight & Otis already have a rocky relationship, and it seems every comment Otis makes just exacerbates the situation. Sometimes Otis comes off as a little arrogant, and exudes that he has more power than Dwight. I agree that a GM should have more power than a player, but he doesn't need to flaunt it when we are trying to convince a guy to stay. If you think it needs to be said, say it to Dwight privately and in a congenial manner. Just my thoughts. As of about a month ago, I am finally on the bandwagon that Otis needs to go. Maybe we shouldn't change generals in the middle of the war (or whatever that phrase is), but at the end of the year at least, especially if it is seeming inevitable that Dwight will be leaving. I don't want Otis here whether we are rebuilding or going after a championship.

2 years, 10 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.orlandomagicdaily.com/2012-articles/january/what-does-dwight-want-part6a-012212.html

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Hopefully Dwight is involved in the decisions we make about Anderson's extension and a possible Nash trade.

Either way, Dwight or no Dwight next year, we should extend Ryan Anderson. I realize he is a way more valuable player with Howard, but he is getting better and better, and he will be a good young player to have if we have to start the rebuilding process next year. However, if Dwight is going to use spending money on an Anderson extension as an extra excuse to leave at the end of the season, maybe we should just wait. After all, if Dwight leaves, we should be able to match whatever offer another team throws at Anderson as a restricted free agent.

As far as the Nash trade, I am completely against giving up Anderson or Redick for Nash unless Dwight says he will stay if we pull the trigger on that trade. Obviously Nash is an amazing player, but what would it cost to resign him next year? More importantly, he is 38 years old in February. I know it seems like Nash could play forever, but he can't, and Dwight may not want a guy that has about 2-3 years left in the tank. Maybe it would be worth it if the Suns let us talk to Nash to gauge how much it would probably cost us to resign him, and if he'd be willing to stay after this year.

Another question is, can we win it all by adding Nash this year? My answer is no, especially if we have to give up Anderson and someone else. As much as I love Redick for his hard work and development under the Magic, he is much more expendable with Wafer playing well & J Rich unfortunately locked in long-term. Big Baby, Clark, & Harper would not suffice as our PFs if we want to win this year, especially when Baby is our back-up center as well.

2 years, 10 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.orlandomagicdaily.com/2012-articles/january/media-descended-on-orlando-012112.html?utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=br_magic&utm_source=twitter.com

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Jeff has a great argument, I couldn't agree more. I definitely vote that we keep Howard and try to convince him to stay (assuming we maintain a record of being around a top 6 in the league). In the offseason we try to get Deron to come join Howard. Now I understand Danny's argument that this is an extremely risky idea, and honestly, I would even say that more likely than not it will fail. However, in the chance it succeeds, the Magic are awesome for several years to come. If it does fail, then the Magic will start rebuilding through their own high draft picks and players contracts' slowing starting to expire. I really don't want to be stuck in mediocrity with a trade.

2 years, 10 months ago on Keeping Dwight Howard around

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Like you said, unfortunately (or fortunately), the west coast trip is too short and lacking some of the best teams to really be the measuring stick it has been in the past. I think the west coast trip plus the "back to back to back" coming up will really tell us if we can be a championship caliber team.

2 years, 10 months ago on The Power Of The West Coast Trip | January

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Very nice post-game article. It perfectly captured every aspect of the game. Crawford really is a Magic killer. I'm really glad we don't have to play him again this year, and I'm really glad Portland had a tough game the night before. That being said, we would be a championship contender if we played every game like we did the first 3 quarters last night.

2 years, 10 months ago on Moving On: Magic Slip By Blazers | January

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Like I said from day 1, Glen Davis was a horrible acquisition. I hope in a few months I'll look back and realize I was wrong, but I don't see that happening. Also, how is the 7th or 8th best player on your team supposed to be a leader and role model for other players and bring in a championship mentality? Bass was getting better & better in our system every year. Just a stupid trade just to try to appease Howard some, but ultimately this trade will make Dwight's departure more likely.

2 years, 10 months ago on Back To Simplicity With Glen Davis | January

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@philrsquared I agree that Earl Clark is a relatively minor signing, but I do see a lot of potential in him. He has tremendous potential as a defensive player, and he showed some ability to score last year. Plus, the guy definitely hustles out there and brings heart. Also, he definitely started to bulk up last year, and I forget who said it (Van Gundy or Otis or somebody), but that they had never seen someone make such quick progress in the weight room for the Magic besides Dwight. I know Clark hasn't lived up to where he was drafted by the Suns, but I do truly think he has a lot of potential (sorry for the word overuse) and he could help make someone else on the team expendable for a trade, etc. Van Gundy apparently sees him as a lock-down defender. Anyways, I just liked what I saw from him last year since he was basically a throw-in to the Phoenix trade & a cheap contract. So yeah, I'm just saying I like Clark and I think he can help the team. I know he is not a star, or starter, or even a first player off the bench, but he could still be valuable.

And Roy is retired, but he was amnestied by the Blazers (which I don't completely understand as I thought a retired player's contract essentially became null). I know he couldn't sign with the Magic right now, but if mid-way through the season he becomes cleared medically, he could come out of retirement, and he would not be the Blazer's property. And why would the Magic not be a team to gamble on him with a 1-year contract, and of course he would have obvious reasons to play here. Yes, I know this is beyond extremely unlikely, but it is interesting to think about.

As far as other amnestied players, I am sure not everyone that will be amnestied has been already. So I was just wondering if there were any potential soon-to-possibly-be amnestied players out there that could help the Magic. I mean let's be honest, we are in a desperate situation to try to keep Dwight. Why would Otis not consider signing an amnestied player to a 1-year contract if they even had the chance of being valuable? And maybe not now, but as the season progresses and injuries and other things develop.

I know these aren't the best topics in the world, but I just can't get enough NBA right now, because even with the Dwight situation being crappy, I am really excited about the season starting. Just bought some Rocket tickets today. Go Magic!

2 years, 11 months ago on Can Glen Davis Fill The Horace Grant Role? | December

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Didn't know where to post this, but I was wondering if an article would be coming soon about Earl Clark (topics like his potential, his defensive abilities, his possible usage this year, an analysis of his stats, etc.). Also, any possibility of the Magic going after one of the recently (or soon to be) amnestied players such as Travis Outlaw, Baron Davis, Brandon Roy (if some how he becomes medically able to play), or anyone else I am missing?

2 years, 11 months ago on Can Glen Davis Fill The Horace Grant Role? | December

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I think Van Gundy would be the perfect coach for a rebuilding team. Like you said, he seems to do very well developing young players. Just look at Howard, Courtney Lee, Gortat, Ryan Anderson, etc. They all got a lot better under SVG. Honestly, I think Van Gundy's worst demographic is experienced veterans who have been with him a while, and they have the potential (some of them, not all) to get tired of the same ole same ole with Van Gundy always yelling and making a big deal out of everything. Just my 2 cents.

Also, on a side note, when Van Gundy was supposedly trying to be "more calm" last year than previous years, it was when the Magic did the worst. I would guess it is probably unrelated, but you never know.

2 years, 11 months ago on Conversation @ http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2011-articles/december/stan-van-gundy-uncertain-future-121311.html

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Any word on Earl Clark? Are we letting him go for sure?

2 years, 11 months ago on Conversation @ http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2011-articles/december/justin-harper-rookies-rebuilding-121111.html

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Also, if Howard doesn't enjoy playing basket in Orlando, it also makes me wonder how much of that is tied to Van Gundy's coaching? Not proposing we fire Van Gundy though, because I think Dwight is gone regardless, and I think he is by far the best option out there to help us rebuild the franchise.

2 years, 11 months ago on Magic To Re-Sign Jason Richardson | December

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Richardson is getting overpaid. Not this year necessarily, but he began his significant decline last year, and will be super old (35, as you mentioned) by the time his contract is up with the Magic. Nobody else was going after Richardson, so I definitely think we should have got him for less. But still a good article with good points Philip.

I pray that you are right about this signing possibly setting up for an amazing trade, despite believing it is pointless now. Regardless of a trade (unless its for Paul or D.Williams, both being impossible), Howard wants out. He said explicitly that he does not like playing basketball in Orlando. If that's the case, we can't do anything to keep him besides the aforementioned impossible trades. As I proposed in an early post, we should try to resign Dwight & sign D.Williams or Paul at the end of the year. Even that idea is naive now, because if Dwight doesn't like it in Orlando, he is going to go play with one of those guys somewhere else, not here.

So basically, I hope Otis doesn't try a desperate trade to keep Dwight, which just nets us old veterans with overinflated contracts for several years. When Dwight walks, those players/contracts will bury the franchise. At least if Dwight leaves & we get good draft picks in a trade for him, plus our own lottery picks to come in the future, we can start to rebuild our franchise.

Please Otis, don't ruin the future of the Magic in a desperate attempt to save Howard & your job. I hate to say it, but I may be in the camp to trade Howard rather than try to trade for players to help Howard.

Our starting roster in 2 years:

PG: Nelson

SG: J. Richardson

SF: Hedo Turkoglu

PF: Glen Big Baby Davis

C: Kyle Orton

Lottery, here we come!

2 years, 11 months ago on Magic To Re-Sign Jason Richardson | December

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What Otis said about still keeping Dwight for long-term is exactly what he should say to maximize Howards trading value (& to a much much lesser degree, give Magic fans slight hope so they will buy season tickets, merchandise, etc.). Don't kid yourselves, Dwight is gone. Even with all the ESPN talk all last year & this summer, I never thought it would happen. I thought Dwight a different kind of person compared to the Lebron's, Carmelo's & Shaq's of the world, but he is not. I thought he loved Orlando and our ownership, but he doesn't.

And why on earth would you trade for Glen Davis when you know Dwight is gone? Blows my mind. Otis said Dwight began requesting trades earlier this week, yet we still pursued a Glen Davis acquisition. The Richardson thing is dumb too. Apparently Otis cannot negotiate contracts at all. I like Richardson & want him on the team, but seriously? His market value was not that high. For all of you ESPN Insider's, Hollinger puts it best: http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/transactions-111210/breaking-latest-deals-nba-free-agency .

I pray that the Davis trade is not official yet. Why would the Magic want him without Howard, and why would he want to play for the Magic without Howard (besides the stupidly higher contract than he would get anywhere else)? I second your sick feeling OllieWillie.

And Philip, Howard may not tank it while waiting to be traded, but I can assure you that we will not see the best possible effort from the rest of the team day-in & day-out, knowing that Howard is soon gone.

So to end on a horrible note, a recent quote from Dwight: "It's beyond basketball. I think people, anybody should understand that. For me this has just not been a city I enjoy playing basketball in." He is absolutely gone. You broke my heart Dwight.

2 years, 11 months ago on Howard Requests Trade | December

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http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/217294/Magic_Give_Dwight_Howard_Permission_To_Contact_Three_Teams

Otis better get fired when Dwight leaves. I have supported him through all of his failed moves up until today. The Glen Davis trade is horrendous. And now this?This is the last straw. Permission to talk with the other teams???? He is going to try to pull off a Denver-like move, and it's not going to happen.

2 years, 11 months ago on Conversation @ http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2011-articles/december/magic-gilbert-arenas-glen-davis-120911.html

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@JordanEvans I agree with you that this is more than just smoke now. I don't think my scenario is going to happen. But I still don't understand why. The only appeal the Nets would have over Orlando is a larger market, potentially. But how big of a market are the Nets realistically going to have with such a predominant Knick culture around the area? I don't think the Nets are suddenly going to take half the NY market, or even a third of it. I think it could easily become a Lakers/Clippers situation. And as I mentioned, the Nets still won't be very good with just Deron & Dwight, assuming they have to give up players to get Dwight.

Anyways, I still don't understand the Big Baby trade. Bass is better offensively, a harder worker, not out of shape, and hasn't had any direct confrontations with coaches. If Baby got into it with Doc, how is he going to handle Van Gundy? Plus, now we are spending a lot more money and have a contract that lasts a lot longer than we had with Bass. Stupid move in my opinion. It is a desperate attempt to keep Dwight because he is better friends with Davis I guess? And let's be serious here, Dwight is absolutely not going to stay in Orlando because we acquired friggin' Glen Big Baby Davis. I'm sorry, I just absolutely hate the trade. I lost all respect for Otis today. I wish he would have tried a sign and trade for David West at least. Seems like the Celtics are giving up nothing to get him. We could have thrown our Louisiana boy Bass into that trade. Now the Celtics have 2 great starting PFs. Sorry, I am rambling out of immense frustration. I'll stop now.

2 years, 11 months ago on Conversation @ http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2011-articles/december/acquiring-chris-paul-deron-williams-120911.html

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Ok there is one huge thing I am somehow missing in all of these Dwight Howard trade rumors and such. Why do the Magic have to trade for someone to join Dwight now, when we clearly don't have great trade pieces?? Or, why would the Magic ever want to trade Dwight now, and why would Dwight ever want to be traded right now?? The emphasis on "now."

Dwight demanding a trade to New Jersey makes no sense, because New Jersey would have to gut their roster to get him. If Dwight really wants to join New Jersey, he can go to New Jersey next year when he is a free agent, and they will NOT have to gut their team. Hence he would be joining a better team for the same or more money.

With that logic however, why would he not choose to stay in Orlando and convince D.Williams to join the Magic? Deron has no commitment to the Nets, he played there for half a season. Orlando has just as nice if not nicer arena than the Nets will have, Orlando has ownership willing to spend money & committed to winning rings, BUT the Magic also have no state taxes, warmer weather, and A BETTER TEAM. If Dwight & Deron decide to sign with Orlando next year, Gilbert will for sure be amnestied by that point, and we will have the ability to sign both of them, and we will not have to completely gut our roster to do so. We would become championship caliber immediately. If someone argues that D.Williams will not be a free agent at the end of this year, that is absolutely wrong (unless Otis trades Dwight). New Jersey will not be able to sign another superstar, and so D.Williams absolutely will not sign an extension this year.

I just don't understand why there is ZERO talk about keeping Dwight this whole season, and THEN acquiring a top free agent NEXT YEAR. I know it is risky because Dwight could leave for nothing, but why can't Otis sit down with Dwight & convince him of this. "Dwight, will you stay if we sign D. Williams over the summer? Will you try to convince him to come here? If we do this, you will have a much better situation & be closer to winning a championship than you would in New Jersey."

And if anyone thinks this idea is ridiculous, this is very similar to what Wade did. He became a free agent, but then re-signed with his own team and convinced a great player to come join him (ok 2 great players in his case, but you get the point).

Does anyone have any reasons why this does not make sense? Maybe I am missing something.

2 years, 11 months ago on Conversation @ http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2011-articles/december/acquiring-chris-paul-deron-williams-120911.html

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Your proposed Hornets & Warriors seems great (given the situation). Obviously it leaves us with huge holes, especially at PF, but it would definitely convince Dwight to stay. We could amnesty Arenas this year (or next), and pick up some quality free agents who would hopefully want to flock to a championship caliber team in sunny Florida for lower paychecks (like the Heat).

Can Biedrins shoot at all? I feel like he was injured every Warriors game I watched last year. All I really know about him is he is young & tall.

Unfortunately, I still don't think the Hornets pull the trigger on anything like this. I just really hope the Magic don't end up acquiring Ellis. I'd rather wait until the end of the season and try to sign Dwight, and hope he can convince Deron Williams to join us, similar to how Wade convinced his friends to join his team. Are any of Orlando's contracts up at the end of this year?

2 years, 11 months ago on Acquiring Chris Paul... Or Deron Williams... Or Someone Else Part II | December

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So happy, but still praying very hard for the amnesty provision to be included in the deal. It doesn't seem the Melo Rule is going to exist, so its the Magic's best hope for keeping Dwight & acquiring new players.

3 years ago on WE HAVE A SEASON | November

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Also, on another quick side note, I think if Miami wins it all, especially if it is in 4-6 games, then Dwight has a much better chance of leaving. He will see that their formula really does work and possibly conclude that he needs to team up with another superstar or two to win a title, especially if he needs to beat the Heat to even get to the Finals. I have always hated Miami, but I am pulling against them more so now that ever before.

3 years, 6 months ago on Jameer Nelson Holds The Key To Magic's Future | May

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Trading Nelson would be the stupidest thing we could do. The only possible but still ridiculously unlikely thing that we could do is trade him to the Hornets mid-season if they realize keeping Paul in free agency is not an option. Any other trade would require us to take on horrible salaries or something of equal value that will mess up chemistry. The Nets would never make a trade, even if D. Williams was walking, because cap space is more valuable to them. As you said, no other team will ever value Nelson as much as the Magic do. Plus, he is Dwight's best friend. I hate to use that argument, because Dwight would rather win a title than have Nelson on the team, but there is no trade in the world we could make this year, short of somehow acquiring Chris Paul, that could bring us to a championship level. Honestly, I would rather stick with what we have, allow chemistry to develop and Arenas to heal mentally & physically, and pray the new CBA allows the amnesty clause so we can drop Arenas or Turk, or both. Otis went for it this year with the big trade, and it could have worked. I won't fault him too much for that. But if we make a trade that keeps us at the same level or only upgrades us slightly for next season, and we take on larger or longer salary contracts, there is a much better chance of Dwight leaving, especially if he doesn't have his friend and teammate Jameer trying to convince him to stay.

Also, I disagree with you Philip that Jameer would be unsatisfied with a bench role. I could see him being a Jason Terry (6'2") type player off the bench if we had a better team. If the new CBA allows us to drop Arenas and Turk, or just Arenas, we could VERY easily pick up Chris Paul or Deron Williams in free agency next year. With either of those guys as our PG, Jameer would be a great 6th man, and also play a lot of minutes with one of them on the court because they are good enough defensively to guard a shooting guard.

I would be interested to see how much other people agree or disagree with this thought process, especially you Philip.

3 years, 6 months ago on Jameer Nelson Holds The Key To Magic's Future | May

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Also, I was wondering if you could eventually write an article about the financial structure of the team, or at least link us to a site that has a break down. I have general ideas of how much every player is getting paid, but I don't know the exact dollar amount, years, options, or stipulations in certain player contracts. I also don't know what draft picks we have over the next few years (I know we have traded some). Lastly, I don't know how far we are into the luxury tax, or just the overall financial structure of the Magic (i.e. how much money to we lose on average each year, and is there a financial projection for next year available yet?)

I realize this is a lot of research (I assume), so no hurry. But overall I think having an article like this would be a good reference point for future discussions about what the Magic can do over the offseason and next year to improve the team from a roster and/or financial perspective. Thanks.

3 years, 6 months ago on Magic Wands: May 7, 2011 | May

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Hey Philip, would it be possible to add strictly Magic related poll questions on the site? I think it would be a good way to gage how Magic fans collectively feel about certain issues or topics. Also, I think it could potentially draw a few more readers to check the site more often. Just a thought.

3 years, 6 months ago on Magic Wands: May 7, 2011 | May

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Nada's article was really good. Everyone reading this should read that article too.

I really agree with the statement about us being married to Arenas. Everyone is a critic of Arenas & the trade for him. But it doesn't matter at this point, we are stuck with him so now we have to learn to work with what we have. Right now, I wish we did not have him, I wish we had player X or Y or whatever, or salary cap space, but that is not/ was not feasible. If everyone remembers, Rashard was playing horrible and had a ridiculously bloated contract, so no team wanted him. As has been said before, we traded trash for trash. I mean would anyone right now rather have Rashard Lewis? (And yes I understand he had a year less on his contract) At least Gilbert has some upside and potential if he rehabs himself properly this offseason both mentally and physically. Rashard was doing nothing for our team but burying the potential of Anderson & Bass in the lineup.The real screw up was Rashard's contract, not trading for Gilbert.

Anyways, maybe Gilbert should become our starting PG? I mean it may be worth a try at least. Maybe Nelson can fit into that 6th man role better than Arenas did. I would definitely try it in training camp and preseason at the very least.

Also, I really hope Otis was being honest and accurate when he said he believes Gilbert will become the real Gilbert next season. He has been saying it for a while, and I hope it isn't just Otis covering his ass.

Regardless, we know what has to happen with Gil. He has to get healthy, get his mind right, and then Van Gundy has to learn to use him properly. It is a long shot, but possible, and at least there are somewhat tangible reasons Gil played so poorly for us. What I don't understand is why Turk played so poorly. I read the article that OMD linked to about Turk's demise starting in Toronto & developing further with the Suns. That article still didn't answer my questions. I wouldn't mind reading another article similar to this one on Turk. In my mind he is as big of a problem for the team as Gil is.

3 years, 7 months ago on Arenas, Magic Must Find Some Chemistry | April

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