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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Magic say goodbye to James Augustine

From today's Online Sentinel from Brian Schmitz:

The Orlando Magic will soon try to re-sign center Adonal Foyle, adding another big man to the roster after waiving little-used power forward James Augustine on Tuesday.

Magic General Manager Otis Smith said he would like Foyle to return and would speak to his agent, Lon Babby, in the next few days.

"Adonal's a big body, he knows how to play," Smith said. "We'll see where it goes."

Augustine's release was not a surprise, considering he seldom played and the club is looking to reduce its payroll.

He played in just 27 games since arriving as a second-round pick in 2006. The Magic had until today to either re-sign the 6 foot-10 Augustine to a guaranteed contract of about $800,000 or waive him. He was playing on a make-good contract in the team's summer league.

Smith said even the absence of Augustine's salary "give us some flexibility; it's a little bit, but it's not a little bit when you're talking about the cap and getting close to the luxury tax. It's the flexibility it gives us. It's more about where we are salary-wise."

Smith said he wants to add a third point guard, and added the club could go with just 14 players. Most teams carry 15. "We tried to do that last year, go with 14, but then Tony (Battie) got hurt," Smith said.

4 Comments:

  • At 7:17 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Ben Q Rock from thirdquartercollapse.com points out... "the Magic selected Augustine 41st overall in the 2006 NBA draft, one pick ahead of Cavaliers three-point assassin Daniel Gibson and six picks ahead of Jazz rebound machine Paul Millsap."

    Another situation where Otis Smith could have drafted better.

     
  • At 8:06 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Sure he could have drafted better; could have, but picks that late are tough and a long shot. It's not like lottery odds, but every team in the league has missed such players.

    Now the two #11 picks are the ones easier to criticize. Although I still have a feeling Vasquez will come over and be decent, and Redick will eventually be an alright role player (just on another team).

    People are often hard on the Magic about their drafting record. I honestly don’t think our drafting has been bad. I do however think what we done with the players we’ve drafted has been poor, namely developing the talent.

    There are plenty of solid players around the NBA that Orlando drafted. The problem is, they didn’t find their home here.

     
  • At 3:57 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    I am just about fed up with this cheap talk of the salary cap. $800,000? I can buy into Augustine not being a player needed on the roster but to even mention his salary as a relief is plain foolish.

     
  • At 8:56 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Good point Matt...

    Reminds me of how Smith said the price for a 2nd round pick was too much...at 150,000 and 200,000...

     

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