Ariza wants $3M/yr
Teams interested in Trevor Ariza may include NYK, Sacramento, Houston & Denver. Magic have the rights to match any offer. Stevenson and Ariza are not likely to sign for several more days pending completion of trades and higher value players being signed.
John Hollinger at ESPN has Ariza ranked as the 7th best remaining FA, Stevenson at 24. It makes you wonder what world Stevenson is living in asking $4.5 million/year.
From ESPN on Marcin Gortat:
Marcin Gortat is making a strong push to make the Orlando Magic's roster, delivering a second strong performance Tuesday. But despite the Magic's need for another big body alongside of Dwight Howard and Darko Milicic, the Magic are expected to keep the 6-foot-11, 240-pounder in Germany for another season.
Gortat tipped in the game-winner with 17.7 seconds left, helping the Magic (1-1) defeat the Indiana Pacers (0-2) 80-79. Gortat, a native of Poland and a 2005 second-round pick of the Magic, had 15 points and eight rebounds a night after scoring 15 points, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking three shots on Monday.
Gortat just started playing basketball four years ago, leaving behind his burgeoning career as a soccer goalie. The Magic would prefer that he return to his professional team in Germany and work on his game and body before possibly returning a year from now. "You can see that he's still very rough, but he's athletic, runs the floor and blocks shots,'' Magic coach Brian Hill said. "I really think another year in Europe will do him good. But there's no doubt he's a young player who has a future in this league.''