Orlando Magic News & Notes: Magic Need A Four?

May 10, 2010 - Salt Lake City, UTAH, United States - epa02151941 Utah Jazz


George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel believes the Magic won’t win a title until they move Rashard Lewis to the three and get a new four.

The Lakers and the Celtics aren’t going away anytime soon. Sure the dynamics may change. Each team could have different coaches. And the Celtics might not bring back unrestricted free agent Ray Allen (btw, nice cameo in the Finals, pal).

But still, there are some changes in store for the Magic, too.

I don’t see Matt Barnes_ their toughest defender outside of Dwight Howard _ coming back. That will hurt.

Otis Smith, the GM with great poker face, needs to work his magic one more time and figure out how to upgrade this team. I think Rashard Lewis _ untradable contract in case you forgot _ would be a better fit at small forward, leaving a slot open for a more physical power forward.

I think Carlos Boozer is your man, Otis.

You can read that story here.

Here are seven things the Magic probably are not doing this offseason.

Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily takes a look at Darington Hobson.

The guy has a great frame at 6-foot-7 and can get to the basket. He is a lefty (and I am partial to lefties) and has a good ability to get to the rim. His versatility makes him truly valuable. You don’t lead a three seed in points, rebounds and assists without some skill. He had plenty of big games his senior year including a 23-point, 12-rebound game against then-ranked Texas Tech.

You can find that story here.

Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post takes a look at Orlando’s trade assets here.

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger and a contributor on the Fansided Front Page. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Twitter to follow him daily and you can get the HTD app here).

Tags: Boston Celtics Carloz Boozer Darington Hobson Los Angeles Lakers Orlando Magic Rashard Lewis

  • Robin Brand

    It would be nice to see Carlos Boozer in Magic uniform but as for now, the probability is nil. Because of the overpaid contract of Rashard Lewis of $17M who can’t match opposing team power forward and disappear when playoff comes (Otis Smith to be blamed) and max contract too of Vince Carter of $15M. And there’s the contract too of Brandon Bass $4M (useless signing because he was not used most of the time but more physical power forward than Lewis). If Otis Smith can ship out Vince since he is on his last year of contract maybe for this year and next year second round (maybe around 31st-40th pick), now that money can be use to resign JJ Reddick and Matt Barnes. Their 29th pick, they can draft Pondexter or Hobson to replace Vince. The trade they acquired from Carter, they can draft a PG to back up tiny Nelson, Smith can select Armon Johnson and their own pick at 59th, they can select big man Derrick Caracter, if not available already they can draft Wayne Chism or Micheal Washington to play PF position. There’s a possibility that Lewis can be traded maybe to New York specially if Knicks won’t be able to sign Lebron and they need a scorer. Maybe a trade for Wilson Chandler and Knicks 2012 2nd round (good trade just in case Barnes won’t return). Probable line-up:
    STARTER: Dwight Howard; Brandon Bass; Wilson Chandler; Mikeal Pietrus and Jameer Nelson. BENCH: JJ Reddick; Quincy Pondexter; Marcin Gortat; Armon Johnson; Wayne Chism; Ryan Anderson. For their 13th player they can get from NBDL or unsigned draft pick which is a point guard, there’s a possibility they can sign Scottie Reynolds of Villanova.

  • http://howardthedunk.com Andrew Melnick

    Wow, that’s well thought out Robin.

    Obviously it’d be tough to do but what do you think about changing the dynamic of the team like that?