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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

John Denton Speculates

floridatoday.com :: ABDUR-RAHIM MIGHT BE AN OPTION; REDICK STILL OUT

Excerpts:
Magic fans desperate to see Orlando upgrade its smallish frontline might want to remember this name: Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

The power forward has averaged 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds over his career and his rugged 6-foot-9, 245-pound frame would give the Magic some much-needed size at power forward.

Sacramento starting the rebuilding process and is turning the focus of its team over to Kevin Martin and rookie center Spencer Hawes.

Abdur-Rahim is represented by Aaron Goodwin... Goodwin also represents the Magic’s Howard and assuredly would like to get his top client some big-man support in Orlando.

Otis Smith can’t comment specifically about players on other teams, but he did say this Monday: ``Yeah, we’re looking. But we’ve been looking. There’s just not a lot out there available right now.’’
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Magic guard J.J. Redick was again limited in practice on Monday and won’t dress for Tuesday’s home game against the Seattle SuperSonics. Redick has been out for a week with back spasms.

Redick went through a hour-long workout prior to Saturday’s game and worked on his shooting some in Monday’s workout. He’ll likely miss Wednesday’s game in Cleveland as well, and is a possibility to play Friday in New Jersey.
If Sacramento wants to keep Artest after this year they could certainly use the cap relief. Ron Artest has a player option for next year. Reggie Theus has stopped playing Abdur-Rahim over the last three games and Abdur-Rahim is said to be upset. Artest is yet to play do to yet another suspension, so the minutes will really shrink for A-R.

This team is really shaping up under SVG's superior coaching, but it's clear from the Detroit and Phoenix games that if the Magic want to break into the upper tier they need to add another quality big to the rotation. Unfortunately, it is never clear that the Magic want to break into the upper tier of the NBA by adding the last few necessary pieces.

2 Comments:

  • At 2:32 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    That is an interesting possibility. Abdur-Rahim won't be 31 until DEC, and if he gets playing time, he should be a solid contributor, even though his numbers have steadily declined over the last several years.

    Last season, in 80 games, he averaged 9.9 ppg and 5.0 rebs in about 25 mins a game. As mentioned, this season his playing time has dropped dramatically as he is averaging only 8 mins a game as coach Reggie Theus apparently wants to use younger players for the rebuilding Kings. The 2005-06 season, Abdur-Rahim averaged 12.3 ppg and 5.0 rebs.

    It's apparent that James Augustine and Marcin Gortat will not make any significant contributions anytime soon for the Magic, and a veteran like Abdur-Rahim would definitely improve the front-line depth.

     
  • At 2:53 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I'll just post my pre-game preview here:

    The Magic (5-2) hope to keep the Sonics (0-7) winless tonight as SEA, with highly touted rookie Kevin Durant, comes into ORL for their only visit this season.

    SEA is coming off a close 107-103 loss at home to DET on SUN with Durant scoring 19 pts and 6 rebs.

    The probable SEA starting lineup:

    G... Luke Ridnour (2.0 ppg) OR Earl Watson (5.7 ppg, 7.7 asts)
    G... Kevin Durant (21.7 ppg, 5.4 rebs)
    C... Robert Swift (1.6 ppg, 3.0 rebs) OR Nick Collison (7.9 ppg, 8.4 rebs)
    F... Chris Wilcox (16.3 ppg, 8.7 rebs)
    F... Damien Wilkins (15.0 ppg, 5.1 rebs)

    Top reserves: F Jeff Green (10.4 ppg); F Wally Szczerbiak (9.9 ppg); F Kurt Thomas (10.0 ppg); G Delonte West (6.7 ppg)

    Magic have had a couple days off since their loss to PHO. This will be RLewis's first game against his old team, and he should shoot much better than he did against the Suns. I look for a double digit win tonight for the Magic, as they are a 9 1/2 pt favorite.

     

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