Shooting guard is an interesting position for the Magic right now. Jason Richardson is a free agent and Orlando will have to figure out if it can free up enough money to sign him or else turn the starting reigns over to J.J. Redick or (gasp) Gilbert Arenas. Quentin Richardson no longer has the speed to play the position any more. Options are limited for the Magic at this position.
So what kind of value are they getting from this position? Not much. But it was better than they were getting at the beginning of the season.
According to Fleming, Jason Richardson made $962,963 per PER efficiency point. That is very bad. Like one of the worst in the league among starters bad. Only Joe Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter rated below Richardson among starters.
However, none of the 10 players the Orlando Magic have under contract for the 2011/12 season (assuming there is one) will take part in the Series, which renowned trainer Joe Abunassar of Impact Basketball has organized. That’s not to say the players won’t work out on their own, however. Further, “Impact is expecting additional commitments over the next few days,” which leaves open the possibility for a Magic player to sign up.
Former Magic players Courtney Lee and Rashard Lewis, who started for Orlando during its 2009 run to the NBA Finals, will participate. Among the higher-profile stars to participate: Zach Randolph, Chauncey Billups, Stephen Jackson, and Jermaine O’Neal.
SheridanHoops.com has learned that NBA owners have proposed adding a third round to the annual draft, a proposal that the players’ union has countered by offering an array of changes to the draft that would help address the owners’ desire for more competitive balance.
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