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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Bleacher Report: Orlando Magic's Secret Top 5 Free Agent Wish List

Here is an article from correspondent Wil Bradley of bleacherreport.com about how the Magic could get better during the off-season:

Winning an NBA Championship remains the goal in the City Beautiful.

Outside of the disappointment that comes with losing a playoff series, fans still hold on to hope. A hope based upon All-Star center Dwight Howard's showing in the playoffs.

We now know he can carry the team—not just defensively—but on both sides of the ball. His offense still needs work, but even in its present state, not many teams can handle Superman.

General manager Otis Smith enters the off-season at a disadvantage. He made major moves last summer to make his team a true contender. The moves put the Magic about $27 million over the salary cap.

So many high priced players have created repercussions for this off-season. Orlando now has very little room to sign players outright in free-agency. Any big moves will most likely require sign—and—trade deals.

In order to make such deals happen, the Magic will need to find big name players. The big names make matching salaries in the trade easier.

Smith comes in with a big advantage—a team everyone believes to be a contender. This year's free-agency theme for players has become “I want to win”.

Smart money would bet the Magic are closer than all but two or three teams to a title.

If the Magic do make any quality moves, expect to see Marcin Gortat and Rashard Lewis as part of what Orlando gives up. Getting some of the names on this list might mean sacrificing even more.

At this point, that's fine, Orlando possesses most of what it needs to contend: Dwight Howard.

Here are the free agents Bradley believes the Magic should go after, which comes after the article.


  • At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Johnny's way said…

    the lakers got out to a good start last night and never looked back. i expect boston to come out fighting in game 2, but not sure if they can steal game 2 in LA...Boston is a veteran team and should be able to handle being down 0-2 in this series, going to be a competitive sereies though. looking forward to game 2

  • At 2:31 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    What are these morons smoking? Game one is scheduled for tonight. Besdides intelligence, or lack thereof, the mastery of English language is amazing!!!

  • At 5:42 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I think if parting with rashard and marcin will bring in a true PF in the quality of those mentioned in the article then a trade has to be made. Dirk would be my first option because he can shoot the three,but amare or bosh would work just as good. I can only imagine how good we would be if we could dominate the boards every night,we can win and at the same time space the floor in this league without shooting three pointers from the PF spot.


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