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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Otis Smith says Magic still want Darko Milicic back!

Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith said Thursday that despite the hard feelings expressed by Darko Milicic's agent, the Magic still would like to work a deal to bring back Milicic."Yes, sure," Smith said. "I've said it all along. We like Darko. I'd like to think the deal could work out for both sides."After the Magic withdrew a qualifying offer to Milicic on Tuesday, rendering him an unresticted free agent, Marc Cornstein, Milicic's agent, blasted Smith for his handling of his client's free agency. He said Milicic never would play for the Magic again "as long as Otis Smith was general manager." Smith said he still was trying to work a sign-and-trade deal for Rashard Lewis with the Seattle SuperSonics to create enough salary-cap room to sign Milicic, who played the past 1-1/2 seasons with the Magic.Orlando would send a player or two to the Sonics in the Lewis' deal, but it is a long shot, considering the deal should be done before the Magic officially sign Lewis next week. The Magic also could trade another player to another team to create cap room to sign Milicic.The Magic still own the Bird rights to Milicic, meaning they can sign him to more years and for more money than any team.Smith said he left a message for Cornstein to call him since the agent ripped him in a Sentinel story on Tuesday.Smith discounted a report that forward Hedo Turkoglu would be traded for Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest.Artest's agent also said Thursday that the report was "just talk.''"I haven't heard anything like that," agent Mark Stevens told theSentinel. "As far as I'm concerned, Ron's still with the Sacramento Kings."TheSacramento Bee reported that the Kings asked the Magic if Turkoglu were available. Turkoglu played his first three seasons in Sacramento.

4 Comments:

  • At 5:46 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    As of today darko is still part of the magic,all the talk about him being gone and our power forward position is still premature. Everybody needs to make sure they take all reports with a grain of salt,especially something coming from an agent.

     
  • At 6:55 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    That's true, Big Figure... hopefully Darko's agent will call Otis back after Otis left the message. Communication is the key here to making things happen, even though Darko and his agent have a lot of hard feelings now towards Otis.

     
  • At 8:36 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    John Hollinger, ESPN:

    have you ever seen an agent more upset that his client gained unrestricted status than Marc Cornstein with Milicic this week? Am I the only one who found that a little weird?

     
  • At 7:37 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    If that was the intention, I don't know why it was handled the way it was handled. The ineptness and lack of transparency was beyond belief. I am not sure how the damage would be controlled. I would go over the agent's head - against the cardinal rule - and speak directly to Darko.

     

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