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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Diener, Outlaw, will not return

Brian Schmitz, Tim Povtak, Tania Ganguli, Sentinel Staff Writers
July 12, 2007

The Magic don't expect point guard Travis Diener or forward Bo Outlaw to return to the team for the 2007-08 season. Both are free agents this summer.

Diener, 25, a second-round pick in 2005, played in 49 games with Orlando as the third-team point guard. He averaged 3.8 points and 1.0 assist per game. Outlaw, 36, played for the Magic for the past three seasons, returning to the club in 2005 after playing in Orlando from 1997-2002. A fan favorite, Outlaw played in just 41 games last season, averaging 2.0 points and 2.6 rebounds.

Other Magic news

The Magic will hold their training camp in October at RDV Sportsplex, electing not to return to Jacksonville. The team is staying in town to prepare for three exhibition games in China against the Cleveland Cavaliers.... If the Magic want C Marcin Gortat on their 2007-08 roster, they will have to pay a $500,000 buyout to Gortat's German team. Gortat has one year left on his contract overseas.

-from orlandosentinel.com

7 Comments:

  • At 7:40 PM, Blogger Ben Q. Rock said…

    I'll miss Bo badly. He was just coming into his own when I became a die-hard Magic fan at the ripe old age of nine. I hope he finds success.

    Regarding Diener, I'll miss him too. If he works hard enough, he can be a useful backup in this league. He knows how to run an offense. I'll watch his career.

     
  • At 7:45 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Kind of a minor blip on the radar screen after all the big news surrounding the Magic the last few weeks.

    I think that Travis Diener will be a very good role player for some team off the bench. All he needs is a chance, and he should be able to prove himself with his accurate long-range shooting.

    I would imagine this would be the end of the line for Bo, at age 36. Always a team player and a good guy, best of luck to Bo.

     
  • At 7:51 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    I wish it was Pat Garrity leaving. I'd rather have Diener or Bo for another season than Garrity. At least he only has 1 more year on his contract.

    Speaking of contracts. I hope the Magic can use the expiring contracts of Garrity, Arroyo, and/or Dooling to make a trade. If we can't do it now in the summer, we should be able to make a deal around the trade dead line.

     
  • At 8:27 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    A long time ago I posted my theory that Bo was brought back to be the doorman and ambassador rather than a player. His skills had badly diminished by the time he showed up again two years ago, but he (along with D. Armstrong) may be the most fan friendly and popular player to ever put on a Magic uniform.

    I'll be shocked if he isn't at least offered a job in the Magic front office. The man looks really good in a tux.

    As for Diener, it would be a mild surprise to me if he ever reaches a regular 10 man rotation on a winning team. The JJ fanclub should be smiling because all those minutes are going to him.

    And I'm not even remotely with any of you guys who are wishing Grant Hill or Darko best wishes. They are the enemy.

     
  • At 8:27 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Of course, Pat Garrity is the enemy too and he's still on the roster.

     
  • At 3:37 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I guess I could be more specific... best of luck to Grant Hill and Darko except, of course, when they're playing the Magic!

    Since they're both on Western Conference teams now, the Magic will only see them twice apiece all season.

     
  • At 6:59 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Bo was brought back for photo-ops and and kissing babies. Everybody loves Bo. He's an all around good guy. Deener is going to be missed as well. His energy off the bench was always a welcome sight. I'd consider donating 6 months wages just to help get that crippled waste of a roster spot named Garrity off the team.



    Grant and Darko WHO?

     

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