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The Orlando Magic plan to hang on to their first round pick and will make the obligatory call to one superstar.
James is the big fish in a well-stocked pond. The Magic can’t acquire any of the marquee players in this star-studded class unless they strike gold in a sign-and-trade or a player takes less to join Dwight Howard and a contender.
For instance, Orlando has available the mid-level exception (which starts at $5.5 million) to entice LeBron (and Redick wants all or most of that). Asked if the Magic would be placing a call to LeBron on July 1, Smith laughed. He can’t utter the L-word for fear of a tampering charge, but it’s clear the Magic will reach out to King James.
“Shouldn’t teams 1 through 30?” Smith said.
Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel has that story here.
George Diaz of the Sentinel says Orlando’s identity crisis will soon be over.
Going to a more conventional lineup is a huge philosophical shift for this team. But assuming that’s the plan, who do you roll with at the power forward slot? Boozer and David Lee of the New York Knicks are the two most coveted ‘gets’ on the Magic fans wish list but there’s also the thought that the Magic already have a big man who can fit the bill — Brandon Bass.
All of us get to play amateur GMs, but only Smith has the power to make a deal.
It’s not just about getting bigger. There’s a lot of smoke in the air about the point-guard position, and whether Jameer Nelson is the long-term choice for this franchise. I love his heart and his hustle, to borrow a phrase from the old regime, but he’s small and a shoot-first point guard.
You can read that story here.
Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com is tracking the offseason here.
Philip Rossman-Reich takes a look at Devin Ebanks here.
The Magic have been said to have interest in Hornets point guard Chris Paul and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports says Paul is not untouchable.
Around the league – and now, close to Paul – they believe the Hornets’ tenor has taken a dramatic transformation in recent days. They believe the Hornets have opened the bidding on the best player in franchise history. Shinn is on the way out as an owner, unmotivated to compete, and Paul is rapidly losing patience with the organization. Before Paul starts screaming that he wants out – and it’s coming, sooner than later – the Hornets seem inclined to solicit bids while they still hold some leverage in discussions.
So much of the problem here lies with the holdup of the Hornets’ sale from Shinn to minority partner, Gary Chouest, who, sources say, is still trying to recruit other partners to burden the purchase price with him. Shinn is a horrible owner, full of self-righteous blather and hollow commitments to winning. The sooner he sells, the better for the NBA and pro ball in New Orleans.
You can find that story here.