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Monday, August 13, 2007

"The Rumor"

So I originally read and talked about this rumor over at MVN, under the column Final Piece of the Puzzle- Part 2: Remaining Big Men. After talking to Brendan over there, I went searching around the web and found the same rumor on some other sports blogs, Magic forums, and RealGM. I know it's just a rumor, but the deal makes sense; and it's not like we have anything else to talk about early in August.


I got a chance to talk to my friend that works for the NBA today. Anyway I asked him if he has heard anything about this deal. He said that it is true that this deal is on the table. Their are two things that are holding the deal up. (1) The Magic have gotten kind of greedy, they are asking for Eduardo Najera and Reggie Evans for Pat Garrity. Denver is not willing to do that deal (I can't say that I blame them). (2) Denver wants cash consideration to cover for Pat Garrity trade kicker. My friend told me that last thing he heard is that Orlando may be willing to back off the demand for Najera. Also they are willing to give cash to cover the trade kicker. Their is a good chance that the deal will happen. This is assuming that Orlando backs off of Nareja.


  • At 3:33 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Just do it.

    I'd really like to see the Magic get this deal done. I know Garrity has an expiring contract, but you can't expect the Magic to get much better of a player for Garrity.

    Evans is only 27. He's an excellent rebounder. He's a workhorse. He doesn't have much of an offensive game and doesn't mind playing dirty. He's probably most famous for grabbing Chris Kaman's nuts. Yet, the Magic have needed an enforcer for years.

    He has 4 years left on his deal, valued at 4.3, 4.6, 4.9, and 5.0 million.

    On a final note, he started and played with Rashard in Seattle back a few years ago when they won 50+ games. He was the teams leading rebounder, the best they had in Seattle since Shawn Kemp.

  • At 4:15 PM, Blogger Ben Q. Rock said…

    That's an interesting development. We need the frontcourt help, and Garrity certainly can't provide it.

    Additionally, the Nuggets are in desperate need of salary-cap relief; there was a rumor circulating not too long ago that they'd actually have to cut Marcus Camby, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, so they could stay under the luxury-tax threshold.

    Adding Reggie Evans wouldn't put us over-the-top by any means, but it would give us a true four who could bang around with the big guys... provided he's not too busy grabbing their ...you know...

  • At 6:10 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Garrity is good for one thing and one thing only... his spot-up long range shooting off the bench, which has alarmingly dropped off the last few seasons.

    Since the Magic will have a much-improved offense this season, they shouldn't have to think twice about making this deal, even if Garrity should regain his shooting touch with another team; they would definitely benefit from the defensive presence of Evans; like Ben said, as long as he's not grabbing their... you know...

  • At 8:47 AM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    It looks like the Magic could trade Garrity for Evans straight up. Or do a Najera for Garrity/Augustine.

    Denver is in bad shape regarding the cap. Their payroll is set around $78 million for the upcoming season and $76 million for 2008/09. Salary cap is around $54 million, luxury tax is estimated at 67.8 million. The reaction to most NBA teams trying to avoid the luxury tax indicates this represents a serious profitability threshold for teams.

    Denver is on the hook for over $10 million tax this year, and likely $6 to $8 million next year.

    It makes sense for both teams. A totem pole would be a better NBA PF than garrity, and Denver would lop off about $5 million of their upcoming luxury tax over the next two years.

  • At 8:56 AM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Najera or Evans?

    Najera: 31 years old, 6'8", 71% free throws, 36 starts, 75 games played. 22 mpg, 6.6 points, 4.1 rebound

    Evans: 27 years old, 6'8", 49% free throws, 11 starts, 66 games played, 17.1 mpg, 4.9 points, 7.0 rebounds

    Neither can shoot 3's, both shoot around 55%. Evans has 4 years left on his contract, Najera has only 1. I can see how the Magic would want Najera from a cap control perspective, but Evans is a much better rebounder and younger.


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