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Friday, July 03, 2009


Everything is a rumor until the league sets the salary cap in 5 days or so and players can actually sign.

Lakers lose Ariza, get Ron Artest, still trying to resign Odom. Great short term upgrade for the Lakers if they sign Odom. Not very good if they lose Odom.

Rockets lose Artest, gain Ariza, Yao to have probable season ending surgery in a week. Likely will trade T-Mac's one good knee either now or at Feb trade deadline.

Portland needs to sign Turk to keep up. Toronto is also rumored to be considering an offer for Turk.

Orlando has not given up on somehow signing Turk. Has talked to Bass of Dallas, and has an appointment with 'Sheed.

Boston sent it's owner, Danny Ange, Doc Rivers, plus its three superstars to Detroit to offer Sheed the full exception amount. He did not sign immediately like Boston hoped and is keeping appointments elsewhere.

Cleveland has missed out on Artest and Ariza. Is talking sign and trade with Toronto for Anthony Parker. They may also be interested in a sign and trade with Denver for Linas Kleiza. Regardless, Cleveland seems limited to working out sign and trade deals to improve their chances against Boston and Orlando.

Boston has let Leon Powe go. He was regarded as their best big off the bench last year prior to a major knee injury. Orlando was one of many teams to immediately call his agent. Big Baby Glenn Davis is being courted by Spurs, Knicks, Pistons, although he is a restricted free agent. Boston could have trouble matching an offer.

Otis Smith declared yesterday that he will match any offer for Marcin Gortat. Both Dallas and Houston are said to be interested. However, declarations such as Smith made often kill offers to restricted free agents. Dallas may move forward anyway, possibly with a sign and trade with Orlando that offers Brandon Bass. Should know more on this soon.


  • At 6:19 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    From what I've read today, the Mavericks have offered Marcin Gortat a contract and plan to sign him next week; the Magic are not going to match Dallas's offer.

  • At 10:02 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Magic cannot afford to let Gortat go. The frontline has been compromised by letting Battie go and this will magnify the gap further. In comparison, if Rasheed Wallace goes to BOS, both CLE and BOS have upgraded their fronlines. Where is that commitment to go over the salary cap?

  • At 10:03 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    I heard the same thing, that Gortat is ready to sign with Dallas, and that Otis won't offer the full mid-level. Also heard that Sheed intends to go to Boston, but everything right now is just as the title says, "Rumors". We desperately need a PF. Hoping Otis can make something happen, but then he needs to finish filling out the roster.

  • At 11:05 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    Thinking back to the Chicago Bulls of the mid 90's and last years Lakers team, Phil Jackson always had at least 3 - 7 footers on his teams. For the Bulls there was Luc Longley, Will Perdue, Bill Wennington, Robert Parish, Bill Cartwright, and some almost 7 - footers with Toni Kukoc, Greg Foster, John Salley, and Joe Kleine, and i'm sure there were others. For the Lakers he had Gasol, Odom, Bynum and Mbenga. But the point being, that he always carries at least 3 on the roster. Though not all are especially athletic or skilled, they were big bodies used to throw at the opposing teams Center, block shots, and commit hard fouls.

    This is where i think the Magic need to now concentrate their efforts. Our finesse game got us to the Finals this year, but did us absolutely no good once we reached the Finals. We just didn't have any answer for Gasol, Bynum and Odom. It's going to take more than just signing one starting PF.

  • At 2:10 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The updated Magic salaries for next season, courtesy of Hoopshype:

    PF/SF Rashard Lewis: $18,876,000
    SG Vince Carter: $16,300,000
    C Dwight Howard: $15,133,800
    PG Jameer Nelson: $6,138,888
    SG/SF Mickael Pietrus: $5,300,000
    SG J.J. Redick: $2,839,408
    PG Anthony Johnson: $2,160,000
    PF Ryan Anderson: $1,317,120

    Total: $66,034,530

    The Magic have to sign a half-dozen more players to fill out their roster for next season.

    The salary cap for next season will be announced on Wednesday; it figures to be around $69,000,000 per team.

    I'm disappointed the Magic will apparently not match the mid-level exception that other teams will offer Marcin Gortat.

    As it stands now, the Magic are woefully thin in the front court.

    It will be a busy summer for Otis Smith as he attempts to fill out the rest of the roster.

  • At 2:18 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Correction... that total should read $68,065,216.

    The Magic are almost at the projected salary cap already, with only eight players under contract for next season.


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