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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

What Does Orlando Do?


Jameer is likely done for the season. If he opts to try a comeback without surgery he puts next year at risk as well. It took Dywane Wade 15 months to come back to form after a similar injury with postponed surgery. So the Magic need to go shopping, unless they think they have a backup point guard amongst Lee, Redick or Turk.

Most Likely:

Carlos Arroyo knows the system and has the ability to return from Israel. Can be signed for rest of year without upsetting the salary cap situation too much.

Somewhat Likely:

Jason Williams knows the coach and is retired. His rights are owned by the Clippers but could probably be had for a second round pick. If interested he could be had cheap and short term. Comes with great playoff experience and can match Jameer tattoo for tattoo.

Available, but unlikely:

Keyon Dooling for Cook.

Beno Udrih, Kings. Has a contract similar to Jameer. And would be expensive.

Jamaal Tinsley, Pacers. Hated by Larry Bird. But owed $14+ million over next 3 years. Tinsley has played with Anthony Johnson before. Unfortunately, there are both more guns and strip clubs in Orlando, making this a poor fit.

Earl Watkins

Chucky Atkins

Steve Nash -- Hey why not throw this one out. Phoenix is about to be broken up (due no doubt to the curse that is Grant Hill) and no one has been complaining more publicly about the changes that have happened than Nash. So why not be bold and offer Turk and an extra contract for Nash. Pietrus moves to small forward, Nash to PG. Lee stays at SG. And we are off to the races. Nash's contract expires July 2010, by which time Nelson is fully recovered and better than ever. I can dream, can't I?


Stephon Marbury -- will be cut by Knicks, but likely after he can't qualify for post season play.
Steve Francis -- cut again.

Another Bold Move (via Brian Schmitz from Chad Ford/ESPN):

Trail Blazers trade Steve Blake, Channing Frye and Sergio Rodriguez for Hedo Turkoglu and Anthony Johnson

While neither Blake nor Rodriguez is a star, they are solid players who would give Orlando an instant point guard rotation. (Blake is currently out with his own shoulder injury, but he's expected to return with a week.) Rodriguez has more upside than Blake, but he's younger and more erratic as well. Both players could come off the books for the Magic next year -- meaning no long-term hit on their cap.

Just as important would be the acquisition of Frye, whose size and rebounding ability would give the Magic some much needed help on their front line.

The cost would be high for the Magic. Turkoglu's been solid and sometimes spectacular for the Magic the past two seasons. But they have enough talented wing players, particularly Mickael Pietrus and Courtney Lee, to fill the shoes of Turkoglu, who is a risk to opt out of his contract and leave Orlando this summer anyway.

The Blazers have been looking for a small forward, and Turkoglu would be a good, low-risk option. Portland might have to pay him to keep him, but a trade now would give the team a few months to see how he fits as he contributes to the Blazers' drive to make some noise in the playoffs this spring.


  • At 12:35 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Otis Smith, GM of the year, huh? Smith had the chance to keep Keyon for just about the same amount that he ended up paying AJ or hire Darell Armstrong. He did none, and now the team and the whole city has to pay for that foolish act. I am saying this now that Jameer is done. I said the same at the time this issue was on the board.

    The talk of the culture is foolish. Smith is instructed by the ownership to stay under the salary cap. That way you are luckey if you are a contender, let alone win a championship. Stop crapping all over us and let's win a championship and then decide what to do next. MIA did it for once. Was it bad? I don't think so, especially if with this stupid GM and greedy ownership, the chance of winning a championship is close to zilch, zero, none.

  • At 4:16 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Matt your never out of the otis bashing business huh? LOL. Otis has done a fine job,the team he put together is posied to win a ton of games and get a good seed in the play-offs even with jameer out. You ask about keyon,well its been reported he could be coming back in a deal for brian cook. Otis has alot of ways he could go and trades are one of them,i was surprised not to see keyon's name in WeR's new thread.

  • At 4:59 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    I missed a lot of other potentials on this post. But would be shocked if Dooling winds up back in Orlando for Cook.

    The Magic thought Dooling was worth the NBA minimum last summer. He would be owed 7.5 million through 2011. Old, expensive, and has long stretches of playing like a waterbug with its head cut off. Makes too many wrong decisions.

    I may be boneheaded, but remain intrigued by Jason Williams. I was upset they didn't sign him last summer, bad knees and all.

  • At 6:44 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    All the possibilities and scenarios there are... I believe that Otis Smith will do what's best for the Orlando Magic. It's not easy to replace an All-Star PG, that's for sure.

    About Jason Williams... I read something on Third Quarter Collapse yesterday that he is suspended for the season because he bailed out on the Clippers and retired after he signed with them; if he does come back, he could only play with the Clippers.

  • At 9:30 PM, Anonymous ToBikeIsMyRight said…

    Otis Smith has shown some interest in the PG below, David Johnson (california). He's 5'10ft tall, has a 42 inch vertical, 6'ft 4in wingspan and plays hard. Extremely Quick and athletic. He played with Kings this past Summer.

    Copy & Past the following links to see DJ:



  • At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I guess the magic will do what the magic does best. almost.. I've got a closet full of "also ran" trophies.. Players, not professionals. A player can play the game. a professional finishes. It's all in the head, and the head ain't right


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