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The 2010 Offseason for Orlando will be busy.

Posted on: May 22, 2010 11:27 pm
As I'm sitting here watching the worst display of basketball in the biggest game of the year by my Magic, I think to myself how different this team is likely to look next year, no matter what the current cap situation is. As great as Rashard Lewis has made Orlando during the regular season, he's shown in Orlando's last two playoff series losses to be a liability late in the playoffs. Against physical play, Lewis will be outrebounded by his counter-part by about 8 or 9 boards, outscored by 6 or 7, or completely out-hustled and out-toughed. This is me venting and assuming that Otis Smith will make a move. Here are the ones I've thought up that I could realistically see happening. I'll throw in one more at the end which I highly doubt, but it's the pipe dream.

Situation 1: Sign and Trade with Toronto for Chris Bosh - I've been on the Bosh to Orlando band-wagon for about 2 years now and I'm not giving up. Toronto knows Bosh isn't re-signing. Toronto knows that they aren't getting anyone of any relevance this off-season. Toronto knows if they sit back and let the bricks fall, they'll end up with Hedo Turkoglu and Andrea Bargnani and maybe DeMar DeRozan along with some other crap. Everyone on this board raves about how great Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu were together. Maybe Toronto feels like reviving some of that magic and creating a team that will throw up 100 3's every game. Orlando gave Toronto Turkoglu in a pointless sign and trade. Maybe Toronto feels like they can revive the magic that was there. Toronto does lose talent and increases pay roll, but it makes them a lot more competitive than without Rashard. For Orlando, they get rid of Lewis who creates mismatches but who's lack of physicality has killed them against the NBA Elite's in the playoffs. Bosh gives Orlando the league's best power forward along with the league's best C. He has a great shot so the spacing is still there, will give them a guy who can create their own shot. Most importantly, Bosh will actually body someone up and pull down a few rebounds, something Lewis has refused to do. I think Lewis' salary alone matches up, but if I'm Orlando, I see if the Raptors are dumb enough to take Ryan Anderson off our hands as well.

Situation 2: Sign and Trade with Heat for Dwyane Wade - I know this sounds crazy, but really, I'm praying for this one over any other. Although Carter can take over a game, he's too old to do it more than a couple times a year and he's not a 1 vs 5 win a game type player like he once was. In today's NBA, there are two players who can go 1 vs 5 and win a game. LeBron James (who we'll get to), and Dwyane Wade are those two guys. In this deal, Orlando sends Vince Carter Miami's way for the ability to sign Flash. In this deal, Miami gets a very productive player still, even at his age, and still has available cap room in order to add that second piece whether that be a Bosh or Stoudemire or whatever. Most importantly, if Miami really doesn't think they can bring Wade back, Carter's contract is up in 2011. Another name whose contract is up in 2011 would be one, Carmelo Anthony, who is now reported to be in talks with Denver about an extension, but one can dream. Carter can give the Heat one more productive year and paired up with another star, could probably keep Miami a top 5 or 6 team in the East. After that, go after Melo and use the current star as a bargaining chip.

Situation 3: Use that 8 million Dollar cap exception for something - I really don't know what it would be, probably a bench player, but it'd be something. I don't see Orlando just keeping that forever. 8 Mill is a lot of cash, expect it to be used somewhere along the line.

Situation 4: The Pipe Dream: Sign and Trade with Cleveland for Lebron James - God, this will never ever happen, but I can pray. If Cleveland looks as if they aren't going to get the Prince back, maybe they call up Orlando and take on the contract of either Lewis or Carter. If this situation were to play out, my bet would be on Carter considering the dude will sell some jerseys along with keep the team competitive. He won't have even close to the impact Lebron did (although Carter was Lebron before Lebron), but he'll do something. Matt Barnes' contract is up this year, so this move either puts J.J. Redick or Mickael Pietrus in the starting line-up. I'd prefer Redick as the dude is becoming one heck of a defender (yes, it's true). Also, Cleveland then puts themselves in position for the Carmelo Anthony 2011 sweepstakes and if there's a guy (not named Durant) that could fill Lebron's shoes at the SF position, it's Carmelo Anthony.

Situation 5: Ain't ever gonna happen, but a man can dream - A combination of my first 3 situations. I think Sit. 3 is a given, but if Orlando somehow pulls off the other two and has a line-up of

PG: Jameer Nelson
SG: Dwyane Wade
SF: Mickael Pietrus
PF: Chris Bosh
C: Dwight Howard

BN: Flip Murray (total guess on the trade exception)
BN: J.J. Redick
BN: Brandon Bass
BN: Marcin Gortat

I love my Magic and really truly believe that something big will happen this off-season and I can almost bet my life, it will involve Rashard Lewis playing in another team's uniform next year some way, some how. This series against Boston killed me because they just looked like they gave up and stopped caring. Only guys I saw competing were Howard, Bass, and Pietrus. I'll give Carter his due as he got 15 in limited action, but he was a non-factor although his defense was pretty solid. I'm keeping my hopes up that Orlando pulls off a miracle. I don't have internet access for all of July so I'm hoping by the time I come back, Dwight is paired with another top 10 guy.

Be Bold, be Blue, Be Magic.

Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2010 10:37 pm

The 2010 Offseason for Orlando will be busy.

Did this really get on the front page?

Since: May 27, 2010
Posted on: May 27, 2010 8:22 am

The 2010 Offseason for Orlando will be busy.

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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2010 3:15 pm

The 2010 Offseason for Orlando will be busy.

Trade Lewis for an expiring, whoever it is, doesn't matter. Let Carter's deal go off the books when it expires. Keep Howard, and Nelson. Draft well. Make intelligent decisions in free agency without overpaying. Hope you win in the time being, and if you don't you should be well set whenever Carter's deal comes off the books to sign a nice free agent to pair with Nelson and Howard, and hope that gets you a championship. I realize this would take 2-4 years. But, it's the most realistic.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2010 3:32 pm

The 2010 Offseason for Orlando will be busy.

That is a fantasy land, but signing Bosh and getting rid of Lewis OR Carter is reasonable.

Ewing has made progress with Howard, but it has been slow.

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2010 1:30 am

The 2010 Offseason for Orlando will be busy.

All of your situations are bizarre.  There's no chance of any of those happening.  Why would Toronto want to take Lewis?  He's a good player, but gets paid like a great one.  Heck, they can probably get Bynum from LA who is younger and fits better for Bosh so why would they take on Lewis?
Wade for Carter?  Umm.  Carter is a guy that someone takes a chance on, but they don't give up a franchise player for him especially at his salary.  I'd imagine Miami can do considerably better than Carter for Wade in a sign and trade.
And I guarantee the Cavs won't want to sign and trade for Orlando's leftovers.  I mean, they'd rather have the cap space to bring someone in that can help rebuild the team than just help another team out and take on their scraps.
Naturally, if those deals happened, the Magic would be awesome, but let's not forget they're pretty darn good.  They were in the Finals last year and still have a shot this year.  I can see them going back and winning game 5 at home and putting pressure on Boston in Game 6.  I could see a tight Boston team losing that game and being really tight for game 7.  I wouldn't put money on it, but if they win Game 5, they have a decent shot.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2010 6:01 pm

The 2010 Offseason for Orlando will be busy.

I realize these are all crazy. Only one I can ever see happening is the Lewis to Toronto one because Toronto is stupid like that and Lewis keeps them semi-competitive and maybe Hedo Turkoglu (as their new star) asks for him. Bosh ain't coming back, might as well cut your losses. 

I could see a 1 in 100 shot in the Carter to Miami one, but that's only if it starts looking like Wade doesn't want to come back which isn't likely. Heck, I wouldn't want to leave Miami. no income tax, beach 5 minutes from anywhere. No place better minus being "Lil Cuba".

This was a knee-jerk blog to frustration and included a lot of things I never see happening, other than the Bosh move. nice to see me featured on the front pageWink

Since: Mar 9, 2010
Posted on: May 24, 2010 3:18 am

The 2010 Offseason for Orlando will be busy.

The nucleus of Magic is Howard, Nelson, and Lewis.  Nelson has three years left and I think Lewis does too.  Carter has one more year left after this season with team option for the following year.  I believe Carter will be done with Magic after his contract runs out.  Magic won't be able to do anything until Carter's or Lewis's contract ends.  Magic will have to do with what they have now for couple more years unless they pull off a dramatic trade(highly doubtful).  Dwight needs to develop a post game, seriously......  Vince don't have it anymore, Lewis is soft, and Jameer is inconsistent.  I love the Magic but they seriously need someone who can create their own shot.

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2010 10:34 pm

The 2010 Offseason for Orlando will be busy.

You're out of your mind. After Orlando sweeps the first two series, no one...I repeat...NO ONE was saying anything about Rashard Lewis being on the way out or being dead weight. They're just being outplayed and outcoached by Boston. He has been one of the three most productive players this season for Orlando. I give credit to Doc Rivers for defensing Lewis so well.

And all these commentators who make it sound as though they predicted a sweep. Please.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2010 8:32 pm

The 2010 Offseason for Orlando will be busy.

Hate to break it to you, but no one wants Rashard Lewis.Not because he's not a decent NBA player, because he makes way to much money for his amount of talent & what he produces for one, and for two...he is tied up way to long (through 2012/2013).Vince Carter is around for a few years @ 18 Million.I question the Jameer Nelson signing @ the time, but it looks like a bargain now at 7 million per.Last but not least Howard is locked up 2011/12 with a plater option for the next season..........

Unless Orlando wants to give away Howard, I think your going to be stuck with this nucleus for years to come, so its win or nothing.

Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2010 5:47 pm

The 2010 Offseason for Orlando will be busy.

No offense dude...but your options are ludicrous.  No one is going to take Racrap Lewis.  No one is going to take Choke Carter.

You are living in fantasy land.

Otis BLEW up last year's finals roster and replaced it with this garbage.

I was never sold on Choke Carter or Jameer, shoot first and pass later, Nelson.

Patrick Ewing should be fired immediately....Dwight is hardly any better offensively than when Ewing started coaching him.

Dump Ewing and revaluate Otis and SVG.

WHo cares about the "regular" season.  Otis blew apart our roster to win a title not win 59 games.

Poor display of basketball.

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