Orlando Magic guard JJ Redick has been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in a 6 player deal before the 3PM trade deadline Thursday (USA). The trade sees the veteran head to the Bucks alongside Gustavo Ayon and fellow guard Ish Smith in exchange for Beno Udrih, Doron Lamb and Tobias Harris. Redick has been scoring a career-high 15 points per game since his minutes increased post-Dwight Howard, and is set to become a free agent this summer.
The Magic had no intention of signing him to a long term deal for the money he was asking therefor making a trade the likely outcome. Orlando also traded Josh McRoberts to Charlotte for Hakim Warwick making them the deadline’s most active team, considering Atlanta’s hesitation to move Josh Smith before his impending free agency and the Lakers refusing to trade Howard. Redick will serve as a back up guard to Milwaukee’s Monta Ellis as he too was not moved before the deadline.
We’re getting closer! Within a week we’ll be seeing our favorite teams in full swing as the regular season begins. Here is the second last installment of our season previews featuring the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets.
How Will They Do?
Unfortunately, things don’t look great for this franchise in the depths of a rebuilding phase. They’ve lost their star, had an overhaul of coaches and staff and dedicated themselves to starting over with a clean slate. The past year has been tumultuous for Orlando and the Dwightmare caused many a headache for them. Many said that when it did come time to trade him, they made a mistake getting only Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, some draft picks and change in exchange for Howard and the offloading of a contract or two. Management have stood firm in their decision to move forward slowly, and rebuild this team from its grass roots and they have warned fans “this may be a difficult time, stick with us”. Guys like Jameer Nelson and Hedu Turkgolu now have the wight of a franchise on their shoulders with little help. The incoming of Arron Afflalo should help the Magic on the scoring end, but how well can Afflalo maintain efficiency without help? Will JJ Redick and Glen Davis contribute to a point where the team can win games? No. The Magic aren’t interested in winning anything this season. They know they’ll be horrible, and with that will likely come some very good draft picks. What they do want to do is remain tough. Play as a team and build chemistry. Considering the Magic’s strengths lie with their younger core, don’t be surprised if they deal away some of their veterans in order to clear even more room and have an even better shot building a strong team over the next few seasons. It’s a tough time to be a Magic fan, but rest assured the pain won’t last forever.
Well folks, it seems as though the wait is finally over. The source of scrutiny and pain throughout the past 6 months has finally been relieved. Dwight Howard is a Laker. It began this morning with Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports! reporting that a deal involving 4 teams was being discussed in order to bring the 3 time DPOY to the Lakers.
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Amid the hundreds of rumors surrounding the NBA’s free agency period, none have been more prevalent than the situation involving Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard and his apparent indecision about picking a team to play for. So far we have heard that Howard has called for a trade to Brooklyn and been courted and traded for by Houston all as a result of his claim against the Magic in which Dwight claimed he was blackmailed by management in an effort to retain his services. Teams chasing Dwight have been put back to the drawing board again and again in order to obtain the seemingly eccentric super star.
This week we are joined by the 6th man for the Basketball Jones and The Score, Leigh Ellis. Leigh has been working closely with journalists in all areas of the NBA for a number of years and his podcast with JE Skeets and Tas Melas as part of the Basketball Jones are amongst the World’s most popular. Thanks again for coming along, Leigh.
The Orlando Magic have today announced they have fired Stan Van Gundy after 5 years and will also be parting ways with GM Otis Smith.
After what has been a drama filled year, this news may not come as a total shock to Magic & NBA fans alike. The decision to part ways with Van Gundy & Smith surely has the Howard drama sat right at the centrepiece of the decision.
According to sources, Howard called Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos on Friday night, telling the 86-year-old he wouldn’t play for Van Gundy.
The drama between these two has been simmering for a few years now and is now becoming very public. Check out the following clip of a presser a few weeks ago as the press as Van Gundy about Dwights request to have him fired;
So what do the Magic do? Trade a All-Star Centre after he has just committed to your team for another season which you fought so hard for. Or fire a coach who has not finished worse then 2nd in the SouthEast division since 2004 (Heat & Magic)?
The Nuggets are bobbing in and out of playoff contention. With their huge win today their chances firm . They sit at 7th in the West one game clear of 8th placed Houston and one game clear of facing the ferocious Thunder in Round 1. Denver has 6 games in 11 days before the playoffs begin, only 1 game against the East, so each game will be critical.
April 16 @ Houston The Nuggets spanked the Rockets in Denver today by 15 points after leading by as many as 20 points. Faried dropped a double-double and is emerging as another great draft pick from the post-Anthony era. The Rockets don’t have anyone who matches up against his big body as well as an OKC or San Antonio. It’ll be a tight hard fought game but the Nuggets should eek out a win.
April 18 vs Los Angeles Clippers The Clippers lead the season series 2-1 and this is a crucial game for both teams. The Clippers will want to come to Denver and pick up a win away from home heading into the playoffs just to keep pace with the Lakers. Denver needs to protect home court. Paul could run wild and slice this Denver defence to shreds, even though he is only 26 he commands the Clipper offense like a veteran. Denver cant afford to drop a game against a Western conference opponent here. Continue reading →