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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Pre-Draft Rumors and Activity -- Eastern Conference

1. Eastern Conference Champs: Turk will opt out July 1 from last year 7.7 million per year. Said to seek $10 mil per year for five years with some combination of Portland, Detroit, Orlando and a Greek team interested. Otis has gone on record saying he will "be busy" this summer. We all hope it means improvements in backup PF and another defensive guard.

Note to Otis: I hope you are studying what San Antonio has done to surround their big man star over the years, and what they just did to keep his championship window open. You have to really respect the San Antonio organization, and hope the Magic seek to emulate them.

2. Cleveland: Shaq rumors are cooling. LeBron will be offered an extension, and turn it down as he looks forward to New York next summer. Varejo will opt out, Z will not. They are far over the cap and luxury tax numbers. Wallace and Pavlovic are trade chips in the last year of their contracts. Shaq would be sheer desperation, and would be the final nail in Lebron leaving for NY. Go to Cleveland Shaq! Go to Cleveland!

3. Boston: seems intent on getting rid of Rondo and Ray Allen. Rondo is great, but can't stand Rivers. Heh, maybe they can trade him for T-Mac! Ray Allen sure looked old against the Magic. The word is that Boston thinks Rajon is out of control and need to trade him before he gets the big bucks next year. Great news for the Magic if they dump Rondo. There aren't that many tough as nails PG's out there and I doubt Boston can get fair value for him.

4. I love Atlanta! Just as they are on the rise -- playoffs last year, 2nd round this year. They trade for Jamaal Crawford! Unlike Grant Hill, who has never seen the second round, Crawford has never seen the playoffs in NINE YEARS. Great addition! Right now he is set to come off the bench. However, if they don't resign Mike Bibby they may start Crawford at PG. I love Atlanta!

5. Miami -- Jermaine O'Neil announced he is not opting out. Great news for Orlando. Miami is almost at the Luxury Tax and can't do much to improve this year. Their best hope is Beasley improves in his second year. Can't believe that Wade can improve much on the great year he had last year. Interesting fact (if hoopshype is correct.) If Wade opts out next year, the Heat could potentially not renew any contracts and have ZERO players under contract for 2010/11. They could be right back to 1988 and an expansion team! (Good news for the Magic!)

6. Philadelphia -- Where is Andre Miller? Rumor is he skipped the mandatory end of season meetings and is a free agent. They have already traded for 3 point specialist Kapono from Toronto, have a new coach, and without signing Miller are only about $5 million from the cap. Elton Brand is, according to the new coach, going to be a central part of 76er's offense next year. Good news for the Magic!

7. Chicago -- up and coming. A lot going on with them. But they are already at the cap at $63 million, and it's a lock that Ben Gordon will (finally) sign elsewhere. Gordon turned down 5 years, $50 million two years ago. Since then he's played for 5 or 6 million a year. That's Deshawn Stephenson dumb(er). They have lots of young players who can get better, and lots of tradeable contracts. If their new GM is any good, they can move up to #4 next year. If Paxson is still (not) pulling the strings, they will be fighting for #8.

8. Detroit -- Loads of cap space but only if they don't resign Rasheed Wallace. If 'Sheed goes, so does a lot of their toughness and insanity. They could sign any number of players including Gordon, Turk, Odom, Ariza. Then again, those guys are from pretty great places to live. Who wants to live in a state where they are planning to tage federal dollars to bulldoze 50% or more of Detroits suburbs? Eeeck!

Best of the Rest: Toronto -- Bosch gone soon, Wizards just traded for Mike Miller and Randy Foye but no longer have a front line to compete with Boston or Orlando. New York -- is trying to trade for Shaq's expiring contract so they can sign Lebron and someone else next year.

So get busy Otis, the entire Eastern Conference seems poised to help the Magic repeat as EC champs!

3 Comments:

  • At 10:11 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    I am in Cleveland tomorrow having dinner with friends. I am bringing one of them a Magic Ignite T-Shirt.

     
  • At 2:08 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Haha... awesome; I'm sure they'll appreciate that (not).

    Pretty good summary of rumors and what most of the East teams have planned for this off-season.

    My thoughts...

    I'm going to follow the Bulls closely on what they do, since I live in the Chicago suburbs. Also, if Luol Deng can return from all his injury problems and be 100%, that would be a big lift for them. I agree that Ben Gordon will sign elsewhere; the Bulls can use John Salmons as SG and Deng at SF.

    I can't fathom Boston trading Rondo; he really came into his own in the playoffs.

    You meant to say that Grant Hill has never seen the second round (not first round). He's been to the first round six times (4 times with Detroit, once each with Orlando and Phoenix), and his team has lost in all those first round series.

    That's interesting about the Heat, that they may not have any players under contract for 2010-11 (depending on what Wade does after next season)!

    The 76ers seem to have done better without Elton Brand than they did with him.

    Atlanta's intriguing... they have a lot of young talent. I don't think Jamaal Crawford will put them over the top, though as he is a very streaky shoot-first guard.

    More about the Cavs coming up...

     
  • At 8:48 AM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Fixed the Grant Hill sentence.

     

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