With the playoffs still in full swing serious trade talks haven’t yet begun (be assured that the phones are buzzing, though), but it’s never too early to talk about what players might be available to the Magic this summer on the trading block.
Now, this isn’t to say the Magic will necessarily have the desire or enough to acquire these players. The Magic don’t have many valuable trade assets, and they’re burdened with a couple of large contracts that limit their roster flexibility. Plus, the Magic may opt to give last year’s team another year to grow together. And there’s the uncertainty of the labor situation, which could affect thinking.
Armed with an already high payroll, the Magic likely won’t bring back Jason Richardson, a would-be free agent, or spend more money for a two-guard than they’re paying back-up J.J. Redick ($6 mill). Richardson’s exit would leave Redick as the leading candidate to supposedly inherit the role as the starting two-guard.
Unless Arenas is also thrown into the mix.
Whether at starter or back-up, Arenas could have some more freedom from pass-first duties and be allowed to be what he is: a scorer.
How he’ll be able to slow any other two-guard counterparts is the question (although I wonder the same about Redick; not that J-Rich was known as a lockdown defender).
Philip Rossman-Reich says head coach Stan Van Gundy is something that went right for the Magic while their lack of a closer is something that went wrong.
“From now on instead of learning from mistakes I want to be able to know about a bunch of different things before I jump into them,” he added.
In order to complete that process, Bass is starting to read more as well as seek knowledge from a wide array of people. Without parental figures, mentors have often been scarce in his life.
“I really don’t have too many people that are close to me that are older than me that have experienced things that I can talk to personally,” he explained. “So now I have just been reading different things and trying to seek knowledge from different people and seek mental strength and toughness, so I can prepare myself to handle anything that presents itself at any given time.”
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