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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Free Agency Begins 12:01 AM Sunday

Someone should track the Magic jet. It's likely leaving for Seattle or wherever Rashard Lewis' house is.

July 11 is signing day, but they will need an early commitment to bring Lewis to Orlando.

Grant Hill is making goo-goo eyes at Phoenix.

News From Seattle:
Presti said Thursday that the Sonics are intent on signing Lewis and making him the focal point of an offense that will feature Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, although they all appear to play the same position.

Several teams are believed to be interested in Lewis, but most will have to offer the Sonics a sign-and-trade deal because they are over the salary cap. That consists of packaging players or draft picks and moving them to the Sonics for Lewis, who would sign with Seattle and then be traded to the second team with a more lucrative contract.

Dutt and Lewis have formulated a list of "five or six" teams that would be the "right fit for him, with Seattle obviously being on top of that list as well. Now we've got to look at their roster. They've had a lot of changes; I'm not saying it affects it one way or the other, but you have to see what direction they want to go and see if it fits where we want to go."

4 Comments:

  • At 11:40 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    The more and more i listen to reports,the more and more it seems like the team we all want on the floor just might not happen. Rashard wants big money and he'll probably get it. Darko wants good money too,he's already our player so we might as well match any offer. Then dwight's gonna get a max extention,thats two players making close to max dollars and one more making really good money,plus your other free-agents that you want to sign,this is gonna be really interesting. Creative finance 101.

     
  • At 3:13 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I wonder how important a head coach is to Rashard Lewis. Sounds like they have pretty slim pickings in Seattle with P.J. Carlesimo, Dwayne Casey, and an unproven Tyrone Corbin as coaching candidates; Stan Van Gundy is better than any of those three.

     
  • At 9:11 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    The head coach is a determining factor in the eyes of many players, but I can't say how important that is to Rashard Lewis, for sure. Sometimes, the players are more swayed, one way or another, by the size of contract received. The problem for the magic is that by having to take care of Darko first, the Magic management has deprived itself from some critical time to get right to the business of bringing Rashard on-board. That time may prove to be quite costly, although I hope not.

     
  • At 8:38 AM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Money is everything and all the time. The article on Hill going to Phoenix talks about how Tim Thomas finally found the right fit in Phoenix, had already had a $100 million contract, but left for the Clips anyway for the money. He missed the playoffs again this year, but pocketed an extra $4 million for his misery.

    Coaching has to be a factor. B.Hill was most likely fired because Darko's agent told the Magic they weren't coming back with Hill as the coach.

    Sentinel reports that Lewis' agent Tony Dutt says Lewis has Magic as a top destination. It's in the East and there are no state taxes.

    The stadium deal forces the Magic to do something. They can't sit by and do nothing like last year. Can they?

    They really blew it last February by not moving Grant Hill's contract.

     

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