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Friday, July 10, 2009

Sentinel - Magic agree in principle to a 4-year deal with Brandon Bass

OK, everyone take a sweet sigh of relief -- the Magic are now a 9 member team!
Orlando Sentinel - Magic agree in principle to a 4-year deal with Brandon Bass by
The Orlando Magic have met their No. 1 goal in free agency this off-season: adding a big man. An NBA source has told the Orlando Sentinel that the Magic and free-agent power forward Brandon Bass have reached an agreement in principle for a four-year deal.

At 6 feet 8 and 250 pounds, Bass shores up Orlando's frontline, which had only three players under contract as of Thursday: Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis and Ryan Anderson.

Bass, 24, averaged 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season for the Dallas Mavericks. Bass was an unrestricted free agent.

Bass averaged 19.4 minutes per game last year and was the primary backup for PF Dirk Nowitski.

Sticking with the total minutes meme of below, he played 1,574 minutes last year.

Last years Magic top 5 front line played about 10,491 minutes (out of roughly 11,808 available) and had an average age of 27.75 October 1, 2008.

Rashard Lewis -- 2859 (29 years old)
Dwight Howard -- 2821 (22 y0)
Hedo Turkoglu -- 2815 (29 yo)
Tony Battie -- 1202 (32 yo)
Marcin Gortat -- 794 (24 yo)

Current Magic front line played 9,895 minutes last year and is considerably younger with an average age of 25.49 on Oct 1, 2009. What remains to be seen is if management believes either Bass or Anderson is capable of filling in at Center for 12 minutes per game.

Rashard Lewis -- 2859 (30 yo)
Dwight Howard -- 2821 (23 yo)
Mickael Pietrus -- 1329 (27 yo)

Brandon Bass 1,574 (24 yo)

Ryan Anderson 1,312 minutes (21 yo)


  • At 2:32 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    6'8" 240 pounds. Looks like a banger.

    Now we need to know if Anderson or Bass can emerge as a starter and move Rashard to SF full time with Pietrus off the bench, or does Pietrus start and RL stays at PF?

    It has not been a boring summer.

  • At 3:04 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I have not seen Bass play but on the surface this looks like a good move. Until we sign another big I don't see Rashard moving to SF.

  • At 5:18 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    NBA.com says 3 years plus player option for $18 million.

    That puts next years salary around $4 million, so unless they find that 10th contributor for $1 million I was off base with my guess of $5 for both players.

    I suppose if the Magic really want to shock the world, they can match Gortat's deal. That would create a damn fine team for next year.


  • At 5:21 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    From Yahoo Sports

    • Magic general manager Otis Smith has been sending mixed signals on whether he will match the qualifying offer that Dallas gave to Marcin Gortat (five years, $34 million). At first he said he would not pay that kind of money for a backup center/forward, but a day after he received the offer, he hinted that he might match the offer and keep him. “I’ll wait as long as I can before I make that call,” said Smith, who must notify the league by July 15 of his intent.


  • At 5:33 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Very good move by otis to take a good young player from dallas,otis deserve's alot of credit for knowing what he wanted and waiting for it patiently as i beleive bass was his target all along. I've seen him play against the magic a few times and i like everything about him,think antonio mcdyess but an inch shorter and more athletic(and obviously younger and more hungry). And why not match for gortat when we can trade him later if need be?

  • At 7:07 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    More on Brandon Bass...

    He posted three double-doubles last season, and posted double figures in scoring in 31 games, with a season-high 20 points; he posted double figures in rebounding in 5 games with a season-high of 13 rebounds.

    Not bad for a guy who averaged less than 20 minutes per game.

    He is an excellent free throw shooter also, as he shot 86.7% from the FT line last season, to go along with 49.6% FG shooting and 8.5 ppg along with 4.5 rebounds.

    Bass just turned 24 years old in April.

    I'm happy the Magic signed Bass instead of old has-been Rasheed Wallace, who averaged a whopping 6 ppg in the playoffs against the Cavs.

  • At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dallas fan here

    Bass can play. He can hit the open jumper (but not long range). Pretty good judgment when to shoot. When he gets a rebound inside he goes up strong. Athletic. Undersized for a PF. Does not have good post up moves. Defense is not a strong suit.

    Great complementary role player. Not sure he will develop more than he is right now. Mavs believe they will slide James Singleton into Bass' minutes and lose nothing.

  • At 6:03 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Thanks for your take on Brandon Bass, "Anonymous".

    As you pointed out, there's a lot of positives aspects regarding Bass and his style of play.

  • At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Mark in Dallas said…

    So let me get this straight...Dallas lets Orlando in on our trade to get Marion and gives Orlando a trade exception of 7 or 8 million and then on top of that we send cash to Orlando as well, Dallas then lets Bass go to sign with Orlando and doesn't put up a fight to keep him here in Dallas and you think you should match our offer to Gortat? Do you think Dallas would do all that and not have an assurance that Gortat would make it here to Dallas? C'mon people...think!!!


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