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ragee
07-09-2008, 11:28 AM
Ok... Good news to all Magic fans... We got Pietrus... Hopefully, he will solve our problem in the sg position... However, this team still has a lot of work to do... We still need a pg and another big man... Now what do we do? Pietrus got the whole MLE right?

ManRam
07-09-2008, 01:21 PM
Yeah...he got most if not all of the MLE.

Current Roser:

PG: Nelson
SG: Pietrus/Bogans/Lee/Redick
SF: Hedo
PF: Shard/Battie/Cook
C: Dwight/Gortat

They need a back up PG and probably another big.

Basically, we can either trade for players, or sign players for the veterans minimum. Redick or Bogans probably will be moved. There are also rumors that we sign a PG like Jayson Williams for the minimum. Augustine could also return.

Otis will figure it out.

*Superman*
07-09-2008, 03:08 PM
Kyle Lowery(trade) or JWills for PG. and i have no idea for a big.

The Melky Way
07-09-2008, 03:19 PM
PG - Jason William (Vet's Minimum or BAE (pretty sure we don't have it this year)

F/C - Kwame Brown

Magic would rotate like this and all 3 squads are solid:

PG: Nelson, Williams, Nelson
SG: Pietrus, Pietrus, Hedo
SF: Lewis, Hedo, Lewis
PF: Hedo, Howard, Battie
C: Howard, Brown, Howard

Bench: James Augustine, JJ Redick (we probably won't trade him), Brian Cook and Courtney Lee

*Superman*
07-09-2008, 03:23 PM
I read somewhere that the Magic have no intention on signing Brown.

The Melky Way
07-09-2008, 08:35 PM
I read somewhere that the Magic have no intention on signing Brown.

yeah probably Otis Smith running his mouth saying that we can do it with only Battie, Gortat and Howard just like he did at the trade deadline when he didn't go out and get Dwight some help.

ragee
07-09-2008, 10:05 PM
I read somewhere that the Magic have no intention on signing Brown.

Yeah? Man, I know he is not that good but he can be a decent back up... Plus, I don't think there is really a better big man out there available for us... There are limited free agents and we don't have the space left to compete for high priced palyers...

*Superman*
07-09-2008, 10:11 PM
^ Another reason i don't like Otis.:mad:

atomik102
07-10-2008, 12:37 AM
[QUOTE=ManRamForPrez24;5792690]Yeah...he got most if not all of the MLE.

Current Roser:

PG: Nelson
SG: Pietrus/Bogans/Lee/Redick
SF: Hedo
PF: Shard/Battie/Cook
C: Dwight/Gortat


Why are u putting Lewis at pf when he is a sf ?

And why does everybody want Brown he isnt worth jack

*Superman*
07-10-2008, 01:26 AM
^ The reason why no team wanted Brown was because he had a horrible contract and didn't play up to it. He doesn't really have an offensive game, but is a decent back up off the bench and plays good D.
Trust me, he is better than Cook and Gortat.

sNaKeS
07-10-2008, 03:39 AM
[QUOTE=ManRamForPrez24;5792690]Yeah...he got most if not all of the MLE.

Current Roser:

PG: Nelson
SG: Pietrus/Bogans/Lee/Redick
SF: Hedo
PF: Shard/Battie/Cook
C: Dwight/Gortat


Why are u putting Lewis at pf when he is a sf ?

And why does everybody want Brown he isnt worth jack

He put lewis at pf because he played at the pf this past year, and will either be the first or second option at pf depending in van gundy either wants a shooting lineup or defensive lineup out. Otherwise he should undoubtedly be the #1 option and SF.

ragee
07-10-2008, 06:28 AM
[QUOTE=ManRamForPrez24;5792690]Yeah...he got most if not all of the MLE.

Current Roser:

PG: Nelson
SG: Pietrus/Bogans/Lee/Redick
SF: Hedo
PF: Shard/Battie/Cook
C: Dwight/Gortat


Why are u putting Lewis at pf when he is a sf ?

And why does everybody want Brown he isnt worth jack

Reasons:
1. He is a decent back up... People hated him coz he was overrated as a rookie and got a heck of a contract that he does not deserve because of it... Now, he is a free agent... Which means you can afford him for a cheap price... He can defend and rebound... We are not saying he is going to be a starter... Just a backup when Dwight or Battie is on the bench resting or in foul trouble...

2. We don't have much money to spend because we spent if not the whole, most of the MLE... We can't go for any all-star players... Just role players or back ups like brown...

3. There are limited free agents to choose from... Diop has gone to the Mavs, Brand has gone to the Sixers (does not matter coz we can't afford him anyway). Do you know any big man we could still get?

ragee
07-10-2008, 06:38 AM
[QUOTE=atomik102;5803535]

He put lewis at pf because he played at the pf this past year, and will either be the first or second option at pf depending in van gundy either wants a shooting lineup or defensive lineup out. Otherwise he should undoubtedly be the #1 option and SF.

That is why i don't get Otis! Why doesn't he want to trade Hedo?!!! He is most definitely going to leave next season anyway... Might as well get something out of him than lose him in free agency... It is not like the Magic is desperate to win the championship next year... Their main player Dwight is just 22 yrs old... They should focus on building a young team that is going to mature with Dwight... So, once his offensive skills becomes as dominant as his rebounding and defensive skills, he has a good team to win a championship with... I am not saying that they don't have a chance this season but their chance to win it will be greater when Howard can dominate consistently at both ends of the floor...

canzano55
07-10-2008, 06:59 PM
Dammit I wanted the Raps to get Pietrus! How much did you guys offer him?

Sports Illustrator
07-11-2008, 12:59 PM
Shooting guard Mickael Pietrus was asked if co-captain Dwight Howard had reached out to him yet and welcomed him to the Orlando Magic.

"Yes, if you look at the tape when he broke my nose," laughed Pietrus, recalling how he took an elbow from Howard during a 2006 game in Orlando while trying to make a steal.

"I guess this year I don't have to wear a mask. I'll just be careful in practice."

The play explained why the Magic are enamored with Pietrus: His forte is sticking his nose in on the defensive end and guarding every position but center.

Coach Stan Van Gundy gave Pietrus his job description, in part, during a news conference on Thursday, moments after the club signed him to a four-year, $22 million free-agent deal.

"He defends and the thing we liked is he's got the ability to defend twos and threes," Van Gundy said. "I even saw him guarding [point guard] Andre Miller in the Philly game, and he guarded a lot of fours.

"He can go to Cleveland and guard LeBron James and then go guard [Dwyane] Wade."

Pietrus, 26, is more than happy to do the defensive dirty work with his non-stop hustle and huge wingspan.

Scoring isn't a concern for the Magic, who ranked No. 8 in points per game. But their shooting guards last season gave up an average of 16.5 points per game at the position as Wade averaged 40 points, Joe Johnson 23.8 and Rip Hamilton 21.7 in their meetings.

"On defense, trust me, I'm having fun," said the 6 foot-6, 215-pound Pietrus in his distinctive French lilt. "Because you want to get a steal and your teammate scores and he's happy. . . . For me to get a steal, to get a charge . . . for me, to do a great job on defense is my main focus."

Pietrus left the Golden State Warriors after five seasons. He chose the Magic over interested teams such as the Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks.

The lure of playing with an up-and-coming club and with all-star Howard were factors in Orlando's favor.

"It's a very young team so we have a great chance to be a contender for a championship this year," he said. "I like the team and I like Superman [Howard's nickname]. He makes everyone around him better."

A native of the French Caribbean island of Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, Pietrus said he has had a relationship with Magic General Manager Otis Smith since the Warriors drafted him in the first round in 2003. Smith was the Warriors' player personnel director, but then left to join the Magic's front office as head of player development.

Smith not only remained friends with Pietrus but said he tried to trade for him when he became the Magic's GM.

"I think that Otis knew me very well. He knows what I'm capable of doing for our team," Pietrus said.

Pietrus averaged just 8.6 points at Golden State, but his agent, Bill McCandless, said, "People look at Mike on paper and say, 'Well, he averaged just eight points,' but there is more to him. He's a guy who can become a double-figure scorer."

Added Van Gundy, "He's only 26. He's got a great deal of upside offensively. We see great potential here for somebody who can help us in a lot of different ways."

From Orlando Sentinel (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orl-magic1108jul11,0,2024589.story)