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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

MAGIC: 2006 Pepsi Pro Summer League - Rosters

MAGIC: 2006 Pepsi Pro Summer League - Rosters

Magic announced their roster the July 10-14 summer league played at RDV.

NO. NAME POS HT WT BIRTHDATE FROM YRS. PRO
40 James Augustine F 6-10 235 2/27/1984 Illinois R
10 Alpha Bangura F-G 6-4 215 2/4/1980 St. John's R
41 Elton Brown F 6-9 255 9/9/1983 Virginia R
35 Erik Daniels F 6-8 214 4/1/1982 Kentucky R
34 Travis Diener G 6-1 175 3/1/1982 Marquette 1
11 Bryan Edwards G 6-2 180 2/19/1981 Cornerstone University R
13 Marcin Gortat F-C 6-11 240 2/17/1984 Poland 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
23 Marco Killingsworth F 6-7 235 2/21/1982 Indiana R
50 George Leach C 6-11 245 5/13/1981 Indiana R
24 Alex Loughton F-C 6-9 240 5/3/1983 Old Dominion R
3 Gerry McNamara G 6-2 180 8/28/1983 Syracuse R
32 Rich Melzer F 6-8 225 1/8/1979 Wisconsin-River Falls R
7 J.J. Redick G 6-4 190 6/24/1984 Duke R
25 Joe Shipp G-F 6-5 220 2/25/1981 California R
42 Juan Jose Trigueros C
250
Spain R
44 Matt Walsh G-F 6-6 205 12/2/1982 Florida 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.

2 Comments:

  • At 10:06 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    That's a really good summer league squad the Magic have put together.

    Should be lots of good competition for the few roster spots that will be available.

     
  • At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    matt walsh played at florida for 3 years, not 2..just a note

     

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