Searching For A Wing

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Throughout a good portion of the season, Orlando got very poor production from their wings. Jason Richardson, who signed a four-year deal worth about $25 million just before training camp, had a poor season, averaging a career-low 11.6 points per game while shooting a career-low 40.8% from the field, a career-low 59.4%(!) from the charity stripe and 36.8% from beyond the arc, his lowest percentage since 2007. Hedo Turkoglu was even worse, putting up just 10.9 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting just 41.5% from the field. J.J. Redick is the only Magic wing who deserves praise and even he was inconsistent. Redick averaged 11.6 points per game and shot 41.8% from beyond the arc.

Richardson has three years left on his deal while Turkoglu is owed $11,815,850 next season and his salary for the 2013-14 season is unguaranteed. Redick is owed $6,190,000, but the Magic can terminate his deal if they wish.

Von Wafer, who put up 5.9 ppg on 45.2% shooting in just 33 games, could make $1,146,337 next season, but his salary is unguaranteed. Quentin Richardson, who averaged 4.5 ppg in 18.0 minutes per game, will make $2,627,400 next season and has a player option worth $2,808,600 for the following season. Rookie DeAndre Liggins, who appeared in just 17 games, has a qualifying offer worth $937,195.

Obviously, the Magic would love to ship Turkoglu and Richardson, probably both Jason and Quentin, out of town to make improvements to the roster or clear cap room, but those scenarios don’t seem realistic.

Instead, the Magic will have to get creative in the pursuit of an upgrade on the wing.

First, we’ll take a look at a few unrestricted free agents.

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(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider (http://ESPNFlorida.com) and is the co-host of the ESPNFlorida.com Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him onTwitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)

Topics: Courtney Lee, Hedo Turkoglu, J.j. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Jason Richardson, Landry Fields, Matt Barnes, Michael Redd, Mickael Pietrus, Quentin Richardson, Tracy Mcgrady, Von Wafer

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  • Keith Knox

    This linked me to your 2010 article on Vince Carter (and how much he sucked).

  • Andrew Gabriel

    Return of the Mac

  • AlexSmith

    Very smart and very well written.  This may well be the inside thoughts of Magic management. In the shadow of so many rant and rave articles, I enjoy reading constructive information. Thank you

  • Howard the Dunk

    Who would you most like to see them make a run at?

  • Howard the Dunk

    Keith, it takes me to the right place.

  • Keith Knox

    Yeah, it’s working now. I tried it a couple of times earlier, and I don’t know why, but it kept taking me to the Vince article.

    I think Gerald Wallace would be the dream wing man, but I think now is a good buy low time for Mayo. Dude has talent.

  • Howard the Dunk

    He has serious talent, just not sure where his head is