MAGIC: 2006 Pepsi Pro Summer League - Rosters
Magic announced their roster the July 10-14 summer league played at RDV.
|10||Alpha Bangura||F-G||6-4||215||2/4/1980||St. John's||R|
|11||Bryan Edwards||G||6-2||180||2/19/1981||Cornerstone University||R|
|21||Darvin Ham||F||6-7||240||7/23/1973||Texas Tech||8|
|20||Richard Jeter||G-F||6-5||210||Atlanta Metro College||R|
|24||Alex Loughton||F-C||6-9||240||5/3/1983||Old Dominion||R|
|32||Rich Melzer||F||6-8||225||1/8/1979||Wisconsin-River Falls||R|
|42||Juan Jose Trigueros||C||250||Spain||R|
It's dissappointing that Darko & Ariza are not here for this.
Players to watch include Redick, Augustine, McNamara, Marcin Gortat, Diener & Matt Walsh.
I love the comments about Redick & McNamara being despised by so many people.
Gortat was a second round pick of Phoenix last year and was traded to the Magic. He is a 22, Polish, 6'11" 250 lb center. From ESPN: Positives: Gortat has good athletic ability and agility for a big man. He's long, active and has turned himself into a solid shotblocker and rebounder. He's tough around the basket, but has a developed a soft touch around the basket. Negatives: He's still relatively unknown. He plays in Germany for RheinEnergie in Koln and doesn't get the exposure that other higher profile international players do. Summary: Not your typical Euro center. He's tough, bouncy and athletic, but still pretty raw offensively. With Kasun gone, Gortat could be signed for this season if he's any good.
Diener is currently under a non-guaranteed contract. On July 8 $50,000 becomes guaranteed which jumps to $125,000 on August 1. Brian Hill is coaching the summer league squad so it's not a leap to assume that Diener's status for next season will be determined in July.
Matt Walsh had a decent three year career for the Florida Gators. He unwisely entered the draft last year missing out on both being drafted and winning a national championship. He played in 2 games with the Heat last year. Still he was a well rounded player at Florida who could shoot and is 6'6" tall.
Magic currently have 9 players under guaranteed contract with Redick unsigned and Ariza an unrestricted free agent. Assume Ariza signs that creates 11 contracts and four roster spots available. The 11 contracts put the Magic payroll around $54 million.
Deshawn Stevenson wants $5 million to resign which would push the Magic close to the luxury tax with 3 open roster spots. (82games.com says Stevenson was worth $890,000 last year, just edging out Pat Garrity for 11th most valuable member of the Magic.)
Fan favorite Bo Outlaw will also resign if the Magic need him as a backup PF. Augustine and Gortat will need to make a good impression.
Counting Redick, this summer league roster will account for 2 to 5 players on next seasons team.