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  1. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    The biggest problem was believing in Elfrid Payton for far too long, and building around him as the point guard for the future. Unfortunately, he kept showing enough flashes of brilliance to make us think he was “about” to put it all together.
  2. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    I’m pretty sure that #2 is Houstan.
  3. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    Just an FYI, Spotrac shows Ayayi and Jeffries as Exhibit 10 guys, Schofield and Kevon Harris as the 2WP, and Cannady as a regular, non-guaranteed contract. No mention of any other Exhibit 9/10 guys at all.
  4. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    Interesting, I hadn't seen that. I wonder why it hasn't been updated on either the Magic's Nba.com site or on ESPN's Magic Roster? Thanks for the heads-up.
  5. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    Except that the player on the team first usually has the option to retain their existing number, and Bamba has been 5 for the last 4 years. It’s why Franz took 22, since Moe was here first and already had 21.
  6. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    I did like him as well, but one thing I noticed that seems odd is that they announced a number for him. They don't usually do that, and also, it is the same number that Brazdeikis has worn for the last couple years as a 2WP. I guess we will see - as you said, most likely a Lakeland guy. Edit - to put the oddity of assigning a number, they have not yet said whether Bamba or Banchero is going to wear #5 - the roster is showing both on the Magic site, and the ESPN roster shows Banchero with no number yet.
  7. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    Franz only had 15 points in Germany’s last game - but in only 12 minutes!
  8. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    I think a realistic expectation for this year is to win 35 games (or more), but more importantly, to remain healthy, and be competitive, even in the games that we lose. In a perfect world where every single player is healthy and available for every single team and every single game, we probably are fighting to make the play-in. I think that is mainly due to our youth. As we all know, injuries among your top 5-6 players can have a huge impact on where your team stands. Last year was especially bad for us from a health/injury standpoint. No Isaac all year, no Fultz for 60+ games, Suggs out for 25+, and having to depend on RJ and G-League players for backup PG was especially tough. My biggest disappointment of the offseason is that we did not pick up a veteran, backup PG, even if he would just end up on the end of the bench.
  9. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    I actually feel like if a few things break right we will be at that stage. I think we have some very positive things going for us right now. Our front office made some very underrated moves the first couple of years to bring in talented players whose stock fell due to injury, much like Philly did with Embiid. I'm sorry to see Gary Harris out with another injury right now, but if we can get these young guys healthy, I think we have a lot of remaining developmental upside for a lot of players. I don't think they all have to hit, but if a couple of them do, we should be in good shape. I feel like they knew they weren't going to get far with the players they "inherited", but instead of dumping them and starting from scratch, they tried to build them up so they could get some value out of them. The only remaining piece from those teams is T Ross. I feel like this might be the year we really begin to see the results of their "slow, but steady" plan to build a long-term, good team. Not a one or two season wonder, but a positive, team-building culture.
  10. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    I think if this happened I would have to call for the firing of WeltHam. Fultz showed in his 20 games at the end of the season that he can be the engine that makes this team run, and some indication of why he was a #1 pick. I like Vassell, but I don't think he has the impact on teammates that Fultz has shown. You can have all the shooting in the world, but if you don't have the guy to get your shooters the ball in the right place and at the right time it all will come to naught. Fultz just seems to make the game easier for everyone else on the floor.
  11. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    https://www.cedars-sinai.org/health-library/diseases-and-conditions/l/lisfranc-joint-injury.html#:~:text=There are different categories of,joint injuries are somewhat uncommon. "How is a Lisfranc joint injury treated? Your treatment may vary based on the severity of your injury. You may need only nonsurgical treatment for your injury if you don’t have any bone breaks, if your bones are still in alignment, and if your ligaments are not completely torn. For these types of injuries, your treatment might include: Taking pain medicines Wearing a non-weight-bearing cast or boot for 6 weeks Wearing a weight-bearing cast or a special foot support after the first 6 weeks Having serial X-rays to find out how your foot is healing It is very important not to put weight on your foot during the initial healing period. If your injury was more severe than this, you probably will need surgery as well. Your healthcare provider may do a surgery called open reduction and internal fixation. During this surgery, they put your bones back in the correct alignment. Using special metal plates and screws, your surgeon physically reattaches the pieces of your bones back together. Your surgeon might remove some or all of this hardware at a later date. They might also repair other ligament injuries." Based on reports that he is out for the season, I would guess that the damage is going to require surgery, and an extended rehab. It seems like even the "mildest" form of this injury is 12 weeks in various casts/boots and several months of rehab, which would probably be February at the soonest. They might be saying the full season just to be cautious, but it likely is more severe.
  12. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    Truly unfortunate for Chet - not unexpected - just unfortunate.
  13. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    Here's a couple more questions for the group. What free agency move this summer was the best by the front office? The worst? Is there one that makes you go, huh? Here are my picks: Best - Gary Harris to a reasonable, make-good type of contract. I have a feeling that he is going to come back to being the player he was pre-injury, and this is going to be a steal! I like the fact that they seem big on short-term, make good contracts; as both the Bamba and Bol contracts can be classified as that type as well. Worst - I'm not sure I have one that strikes me as a bad move, so at the moment I will leave this as incomplete. I'm leaning towards the Bol re-signing, though I get wanting to see if he can get healthy and finding out what you might have. Huh - The decision to re-sign BOTH Bamba and Bol strikes me as a little bit of a "what are they thinking?" kind of move. I would have expected them to maybe re-sign one or the other. As noted above, I'm afraid Bol may turn out to be a mistake, but at least it isn't a super expensive one. There is still time to make a few more moves, but this is my thoughts to date. Anyone else want to weigh in on this?
  14. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    I'm debating the wisdom of picking up a veteran PG, someone like Eric Bledsoe or DJ Augustin. Someone who can play backup if Fultz, Anthony, or Suggs is out, who can step in if someone is just having a really off night; but who can also help mentor them into how to succeed as a PG in this league. I know that we would need to free up a roster spot by either trade or waiving an existing player/contract; hence the (internal) debate. We currently already have 15 guaranteed contracts, 1 non-guaranteed, and both of our 2WP spots filled; so something/someone would have to give, and would it be worth it to free up a space? Fultz/Anthony/Suggs - Cannady (ng) G Harris/Ross/Hampton F Wagner/Okeke/Houstan - K Harris (2WP)/Schofield (2WP) Banchero/Isaac/M Wagner Carter/Bamba/Bol Opinions on trying to pick up a veteran PG on a vet minimum contract? How/who do we move to clear a space? Is it something we do prior to training camp, or something we do mid-season, or at the trade deadline?
  15. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    A very interesting display of confidence. Hopefully this means that Kelle has a good idea of our team health as well.
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