Apr 14, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye (8) answers questions after facing the Memphis Grizzlies at US Airways Center. The Grizzlies won 97-91. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando Magic Today: Offseason Grade

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Good morning, Magic fans and readers alike. Hope everyone got through Monday without having to encounter too much stress. For those who may be starting school this week, hope you had a fantastic first day and have a great semester. Lets see what’s brewing with the Orlando Magic today, shall we?

First, Matt Moore, commonly known as @HPBasketball on twitter, took a good in-depth look at the Magic’s offseason and gave them a grade. While many have been confused with the team’s moves this offseason, Moore seems to not hate them, and even seems to have an understanding for a couple of them. A must read to get a great outside opinion on the Magic’s busy offseason.

But think of it this way. The Magic made a $4.5 million gamble with no long-term ramifications or luxury tax implications. If Gordon is terrible, if the whole team is terrible, this team can start over completely next year. But if Gordon is able to bring them any scoring, anything at all, that alone is worth it to a team this in need of scoring. If they’d traded for Gordon at that number, the outrage wouldn’t have been as great. But giving him a one-year deal that they control was somehow worse.

I’m not saying the move was a good one, it’s hard to figure a way it was. I’m saying I get it.

The Magic kept on the offensive-centric free agent streak (completely flipping conventional wisdom that says draft offense, sign defense) by giving Channing Frye a four-year, $32 million deal. Frye is now the highest paid player on the Magic, and that alone is weird.ShamSports.com reports the deal declines each season, ending in $7.4 million in 2017/2018, which makes it a bit more tradeable, long-term.

Over at OrlandoMagicStuff, Jake Smith answers a question regarding the Magic and the likelihood of them ending up with someone on this year’s All-Star team. To be fair, they should’ve had someone on the team last season *cough* Arron Afflalo *cough* but alas, did not. Personally, I think they could but I’m not sure they will. If anyone does, it’ll be Victor Oladipo in my opinion.

Finally, at MagicBasketballOnline, my buddy Adam Papageorgiou proves that he might have a little too much free time on his hands now. He took a look at all of the Magic player’s with Elfrid Payton’s hair. I kid you not. Some of these are disturbing, and I think I might have nightmares thanks to the Evan Fournier one, but it’s in good fun.

That does it for Orlando Magic Today on this warm Tuesday. Make sure to check back later this week as we being to roll out some season preview stuff and continue bringing you the best Magic coverage out there.

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Tags: Elfrid Payton Free Agency Orlando Magic Victor Oladipo

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