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JordansBulls
06-15-2009, 12:08 PM
Where does Orlando go from here?


They benefitted greatly from the injury to KG this year and the series still went 7 games. Other teams will improve as well.
Cleveland will also make changes this summer to get better. Miami will be better, Chicago will be better and Washington will be better.


Orlando IMO, they seem like they need to get better at SG. PG they will be set once Jameer comes back to full strength (should never have played in the finals honestly), but they need a slasher on the team and someone who isn't just a shooter.

I'm sure Dwight will improve this offseason as well.


With that in mind, what do you think they should do or focus on?

ottograham14
06-15-2009, 12:34 PM
Focus should be re-signing Hedo. After that I would say something like finding a back up for Howard because it doesnt sound like Gortat is going to be playing there next year. I don't really see to much activity over that. The team doesn't seem like they want to pay the luxury tax and if they do re-sign Hedo then that will probably put them close to that.

what54!?
06-15-2009, 12:37 PM
first they gotta re-sign hedo. If they can't do that they have to get an actual 4. They can move pietrus to the 2. He's a slasher and an ok shooter.

29$JerZ
06-15-2009, 12:40 PM
1st priority is Hedo.
Next is making Dwight an offensive force because that needs to change.
Finally I would say use the expiring of Battie/Reddick to net another veteran who could complement them.

LakersIn5
06-15-2009, 12:45 PM
sign and trade hedo for odom which is signed and traded by LAL

Catfish1314
06-15-2009, 12:45 PM
Their top priority is to re-sign Hedo. Howard may be their best player, but Hedo is their most important player. He's a playmaker, a shooter, a shot creator, and a facilitator. He's also their 4th quarter guy.

If they want to get back to the Finals, Howard will have to improve. He was not dominant at all in the Finals and had KG been healthy, they would probably have lost to the Celtics in 6 instead of beating them in 7. But I would expect him to take this loss hard and work his hide off to improve in the offseason.

They also have to get another wing player who can create for himself. A veteran midrange specialist like Rip Hamilton would be ideal. It's either that or wait and see how good Courtney Lee can get.

LA_Raiders
06-15-2009, 12:45 PM
They are the best in the East.

Resign Hedo, get a better bench (Vet leaders), and they should be ready to have a rematch vs LA next year...

S-Dot
06-15-2009, 12:47 PM
Resign hedo..sign another shooting guard like rashad mcants who i think is available at restricted FA for cheap..and try to add veterans that can contribute if money allows them to

ManRam
06-15-2009, 12:48 PM
I came to the realization last night that I wont mind if Hedo leaves. I think we'd be a better team with Jameer running the offense, Courney/Redick/Pietrus at the 2, Shard/Pietrus at the 3, finding a PF, and Howard at center. Maybe a sign and trade involving Hedo for a PF. Maybe sign a guy like Sheed...or even McDyess.

I love Hedo, a lot. My second favorite player. But I honestly think that he stagnates our offense too much. I also think that he is way too inconsistent. I also think we are better off going big, by finding a true PF to help Dwight out down low. I also think we are best when Jameer is running the pick and roll with Dwight, not watching Hedo stand at the top of the key.

I'd rather find a starting PF, who is offensively skilled, than re-signing Hedo. Either way though, with Howard and Jameer's growth, I think it's only up from here.

theuuord
06-15-2009, 12:50 PM
They're going to need a backup center. Gortat is going to make bank this year and he was one of the best backup C's in the league.

The team has the potential to really get exposed if there's not someone down there the 10 minutes that Howard's not in the game.

JustinLafferty
06-15-2009, 03:33 PM
I think we should let Hedo walk. He's going to command more than I am willing to pay for him. I would love to package Pietrus and like a future first rounder or something for someone like Rip Hamilton or Manu Ginobli who's in the last year of their contracts if I'm not mistaken then try and sign a vet PF.

Going into 2010, we'd only have Jameer, Rashard, Dwight, and Courtney Lee on the roster with a payroll of about 44 million. We should be able to go into the luxury tax to lure a big time free agent moving into the new arena that would be HUGE!!!! I believe we'd move in that year but I could very well be mistaken.

Of course this is all much easier than it sounds. I don't think we can keep the same exact team we have this year and make it to the Finals again. We have to build championship teams not playoff teams.

But that scenario could be hard to pull off but I'd definitely include Dwight in all of these discussions because he needs to be okay with what's going on because there's a good chance we take a step back before we can take a leap forward such as that.

JordansBulls
06-15-2009, 05:11 PM
I came to the realization last night that I wont mind if Hedo leaves. I think we'd be a better team with Jameer running the offense, Courney/Redick/Pietrus at the 2, Shard/Pietrus at the 3, finding a PF, and Howard at center. Maybe a sign and trade involving Hedo for a PF. Maybe sign a guy like Sheed...or even McDyess.

I love Hedo, a lot. My second favorite player. But I honestly think that he stagnates our offense too much. I also think that he is way too inconsistent. I also think we are better off going big, by finding a true PF to help Dwight out down low. I also think we are best when Jameer is running the pick and roll with Dwight, not watching Hedo stand at the top of the key.

I'd rather find a starting PF, who is offensively skilled, than re-signing Hedo. Either way though, with Howard and Jameer's growth, I think it's only up from here.

Who is going to take the big shots then?

Vinny642
06-15-2009, 05:13 PM
They need to develop Dwights offensive game more, and well Hedo opted out so they should try to resign him.

JordansBulls
06-16-2009, 10:28 AM
They need to develop Dwights offensive game more, and well Hedo opted out so they should try to resign him.

I still can't believe he basically got outplayed by Gasol.

The Magic need someone like Stephen Jackson over Hedo.

m26555
06-16-2009, 11:37 AM
They are the best in the East.

Resign Hedo, get a better bench (Vet leaders), and they should be ready to have a rematch vs LA next year...
If Garnett is healthy, the Celtics are the best team in the East; not Orlando.

Kakaroach
06-16-2009, 02:17 PM
First and foremost they need to keep Hedo. Then they need Dwight Howard to improve his offensive game at least a little bit. Keeping Gortat can only help. And I think they might have to trade one of their two PGs (Nelson or Alston) cuz neither will be happy off of the bench and getting limited minutes.