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Friday, June 29, 2007

Orlando's acquisition!

Clearly, the best thing the Magic got out of Thursday's NBA draft was a chubby and curly-haired 5-foot-8 guy from State University of NewYork-Brockport.He is expected to have a major upside, although he asks, "Wearing black makes you look slimmer, right?"And with the 39th pick, the Magic received Stan Van Gundy. He will be coaching the team, of course. That was the second-round selection the Magic gave up for the right to pry Van Gundy from under Pat Riley's Bruno Magli after Billy Donovan's about-face.The Miami Heat chose Stanko Barac of Bosnia with Orlando's pick, then traded his rights to the Indiana Pacers.The Magic sold the Nos. 44 and 54 picks for about $300,000, all proceeds going to the arena fund, no doubt. "We were young enough,'' General Manager Otis Smith said.They wound up taking the last pick at No. 60 after trading No. 44 to Dallas. I'd tell you whom the Magic landed, but at my age, I can't stay up that late anymore. Neither can Greg Oden, who's 43. Good thing he went No. 1.Besides, if you're getting picked after Jay Leno's monologue, what's the point?The Magic actually had a terrifically dull night.What most fans forget is that the idea is not to have your team be the life of a draft party. The more anticipation and excitement, . . . the more agony and anonymity said club is suffering.You think fans in San Antonio were filling out mock drafts? They save celebrations for parades. They want the Spurs to get the last pick every year so they can take a forward from Finland.Smith wants draft night in Orlando to be even more uneventful. That's his mission, trying to make it an annual nuisance, titillating as an audit.The last thing Smith wants is his team having the chance to select another Dwight Howard. The Magic finally managed to get out of the lottery for the first time in three seasons.Smith thinks so highly of the draft that he dealt the club's first-round pick Thursday early in 2006, swapping it and Kelvin Cato to the Pistons for Darko Milicic and Carlos Arroyo.It wound up being the No. l5 pick for the Pistons, who selected guard Rodney Stuckey. The Magic boast that they, in effect, extracted Milicic -- Detroit's former flamed-out No. 2 pick in '03 -- from this draft. And it could be only a matter of days before they, in effect, lose that pick or not.Milicic will test free agency after floating a trial balloon in Orlando. The courting period begins Sunday, with Smith on the clock.The Magic are eyeing Seattle small forward Rashard Lewis, and he is eyeing them. This is where the Howard Era could take a turn.To land Lewis, the Magic will be competing against some of the greatest marquee recruiters in NBA history: Shaq, D-Wade, LeBron and some guy named M.J.According to those close to the situation, the Miami Heat, fueled by the star power of Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade; the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James; and the Charlotte Bobcats, directed by managing member of basketball operations Michael Jordan, are the leading candidates wooing Lewis.The Magic might have received an assist from their old coach, Doc Rivers.Doc's Celtics traded out of the first round and acquired Lewis' running mate, Ray Allen, from the Sonics. With Kevin Durant now the face of the Seattle franchise and the Sonics on training wheels, Lewis has every reason to search for his star bucks in Orlando.Maybe the Magic got more out of the draft than they thought.Brian Schmitz can be reached at bschmitz@orlandosentinel.com.


  • At 11:15 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…


    Milovan Rakovic

    6-10, 250

    COLLEGE: Serbia

    AGE: 22

    BREAKDOWN: He is big, young, athletic and aggressive, according to Magic General Manager Otis Smith. He handles the ball better than most his size. The Magic also liked his aggressiveness, according to their scouting reports.

    THE BUZZ: The Magic will try to get Rakovic to play in the summer league, but they don't expect him at training camp. They expect him to remain in Serbia and play there at least for another year.


  • At 11:30 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    There's very little about this guy around the internet,but i've seen a few of his highlights on channel 13 news and the guy CAN jump for a white guy. European players sometimes dont impress me because they lack athletism even though they are so fundamentaly sound,well from what i've seen this guy is alot like vasquez in the fact that both will dunk on you with authority,they run the floor,they hustle and they can shoot it from 15-18 feet,i like those type of bigs no matter where they are from. I said yesterday that i didnt want another player like vasquez that doesnt want to play now,but after looking at things from the perspective of our GM,the idea was to spend as little money as possible on this draft and aquire as much money as possible trading the picks,hence us trading for the last pick of the second round. Makes since because this way we dont have to pay any draft picks and we picked a few bucks in the process. I think in two years we could possibly have both of these guys in magic uniform's,not one but two 6ft10 inch bangers over sea's getting better,thats a good position for us. Our young team will be alot better when they can finally get over here.

  • At 12:11 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    A couple side notes: (1)Spanish newspaper SUR quoted 2005 Magic draft pick Fran Vazquez on Thursday as saying he wanted to play for Orlando next season, but an official from Vazquez's FC Barcelona club denied it. Club official Oriol Bonsoms told the Sentinel in an e-mail exchange that Vazquez was misquoted. Vazquez, said Bonsoms, will honor the two remaining years of his contract.

    "I spoke with Fran and he told me it was a misunderstanding with the journalist from Malaga who did the interview," wrote Bonsoms. "What he said it was he wants to be in Barcelona during the length of his contract and when this finishes he wants to play in the NBA. He now feels ready to play in the NBA but he won't come until this contract expires."

    Vazquez was drafted by the Magic in 2005 at No. 11 but never joined the team and stayed in Spain. It is doubtful he could play in Orlando until 2009, considering he has a $6 million buyout with Barcelona, according to the Magic. NBA teams can pay just $500,000 toward a buyout. (2)Cleveland and toronto didnt have any picks in this years draft,neither team really improved themselves or could for matter,so basically clevelands old players get a year older and toronto who i didnt think has great talent anyway wasnt able to add anything to their roster. Detroit didnt do that great adding two or three wing players who will basically be back-ups,and miami didnt do much either adding a big then trading him. With the magic not doing much either,the draft basically did nothing for the eastern conference,trades became the way to make an impact.

  • At 6:00 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    The Orlando Magic on Friday tendered qualifying offers to power forward/center Darko Milicic, point guard Travis Diener, and center Mario Kasun, the team announced.

    The move makes those players restricted free agents, giving the Magic the right of first refusal on re-signing them if they are offered contracts by other teams.

    Milicic (7 feet, 250 pounds) averaged 8 points, 5.5 rebounds., 1.75 block and 1.1 assists per game in 80 games this past season.

    Diener (6-1, 172) saw action in 26 games in the 2006-07 season, averaging 3.8 ppg. and 1.3 apg. in 11.1 minutes per game.

    Kasun was a restricted free agent last season and played overseas this past year. In order to retain the right of first refusal if other teams offered him an NBA contract, Kasun had to be given another tender offer. Sentinel Report.

  • At 7:06 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Glad to see the Magic made a qualifying offer to Travis Diener.

    I do agree that the Magic made a good move in obtaining the Serbian guy for Terry. They are stockpiling big guys for the future, and saving money for now that they could use to re-sign Darko and sign Rashard Lewis.


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