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  1. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    GP MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS 468 28.8 44.8 36.3 81.2 2.5 2.1 0.2 1.2 1.8 1.2 11.8 204 27.9 41.6 38.9 82.0 2.2 1.4 0.2 1.1 1.6 0.7 13.5 So, this is the difference between Gary Harris and Gary Trent, Jr. career-to-date numbers. Now, having said that, Trent is younger by about 3 years, and is an inch taller. I haven't really noticed how Trent's defense is. I like Trent (and Poole), but I think Gary Harris re-signing for "prove-it" type of money may be one of the best free-agent moves we could have done. He is really just beginning to get back to the player he was pre-injury. I really think we could take a major leap this year if we can get/stay healthy. I think we even have the depth throughout most positions that we can ease guys in without having to play anyone 35+ minutes. My sole concern right now is PG - I am expecting a lot from a healthy Fultz, but the difference between how we play with him on/off the court is really dramatic. I don't have a lot of confidence in Cole Anthony at the point, he is much more of a combo guard. I have no confidence in RJ Hampton at the backup PG. I really hope that Suggs can solidify this position for us. Fultz/Suggs Harris/Anthony/Hampton F Wagner/Ross/Okeke/Houstan Banchero/Isaac/Bol Carter/Bamba/M Wagner and then you throw in Kevon Harris and Admiral Schofield as 2WP. I don't think there is a roster spot for Cannady, unless we trade someone out (Ross or Hampton?).
  2. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    Which is very weird to me, as he was a decent two-way player early in his career. I blame this in part on the need for him to spend much of the last 8 years carrying the offense for the 2nd team. He has gotten unfocused on the Defensive side of the ball - combine that with faltering athleticism due to injuries, and age, and it was the perfect storm. Hopefully, if we don't trade him, he can get healthier, and re-focus more on that end; since presumably, he won't be asked to carry as much of the offense. I really would like to see his game/value rebound. At 31-32, he should still be near the peak of his abilities if he can stay healthy.
  3. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    I somehow missed that Harris was an extension and is tradeable. I was thinking that we still would have to wait three months before we could move him. I don’t think Sexton would be the right move, but good to know the option is available. Thanks CT!
  4. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    Among other things, we just re-signed Harris, so we can’t make this trade at this time.
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    2022 Off-season Thread

    Since we've all decided that RJ's BBIQ might be a negative number, I'm not sure that his opinion on Paolo's BBIQ carries much weight. It's sort of like Forrest Gump saying someone is smart.
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    2022 Off-season Thread

    You all have forgotten what Harris was like pre-injury. He got better as the season went on. I think the mental recovery was a long time coming, but I think GH is going to be a lot more like his pre-injury self. I think that will make him a better fit for this team than DM who hasn’t played much defense in 3-4 years.
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    2022 Off-season Thread

    DM is definitely a better offensive player, but I don’t think “orders of magnitude”, because GH is much better on the defensive end. I still would rate DM higher, but not enough higher to justify that quantity of assets.
  8. jmmagicfan

    2022 NBA Summer League Thread

    One summer game is promising, but certainly not enough to judge a pick. I'm not being pessimistic, I really like what I've seen so far; but it is only one game. Lest we all forget, one game, even one season, does not make a career. Michael Carter Williams won Rookie of the Year.
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    2022 NBA Summer League Thread

    Shoulder was hurt, MRI to check it out.
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    2022 Off-season Thread

    I don't know how the front office pulled this one out of the hat, but it may truly be Magic! I was honestly expecting someone to make a run at Harris with a $15-17M per offer, so to keep him at $13M for one season, with the second non-guaranteed is absolutely amazing. Edit: If I had to guess, I would say he really enjoyed the atmosphere, team camaraderie, and the City of Orlando, and that this is a discount to prove that he is back to his pre-injury self. Wouldn't be surprised if the second year has both a team and a player option.
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    2022 Off-season Thread

    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34196468/sources-tj-warren-brooklyn-nets-agree-one-year-deal TJ Warren goes to Brooklyn on a one-year deal - probably for the MLE - why did we not try to sign him? Oh wait, because we already have 15 guys with contracts (G Harris, Bamba, and Bol agreements in principle, Banchero in process, Cannady not guaranteed) plus Houstan's rights, plus Schofield tentatively signed to a 2-Way. Unless we move someone (TRoss?), or waive someone (Cannady?), we are already full. Fultz/Anthony/Cannady Harris/Suggs/Hampton/Schofield (2-Way) F Wagner/Ross/Okeke/Houstan (2-Way) Banchero/Isaac/Bol Carter, Jr/Bamba/M Wagner Personally, I am not fond of re-signing both Bamba and Bol. It strikes me as going overboard on bigs. I do get it to a certain extent - you haven't seen a healthy Bol at all with the team, and it's a cheap look to see if you have something. With Bamba, it can be argued that Covid and other injuries have seriously stunted his game his first few years, and that last year he was just finally getting healthy and scratching the surface; so you have to see what else he has. If last season had been Bamba's rookie year, it would have been pretty promising; many of us, myself included, are down on Bamba because it was his fourth season with so little to show for it. The reported two-year deals for each aren't horrible, especially if there is a team option, or health clauses. I'm pleased with the Gary Harris deal, as I think it will be a great deal for us. I think he is exactly the type of vet we need with this team, and he already has a rapport with the squad. I also think after a couple of down years due to injury, we were just beginning to see how good he is near the end of the season. I would not be surprised to see him starting at the SG when the season starts, especially if Suggs is still slowed by recovery. I think if we finally have some players stay healthy, we could be a very deep team that surprises a lot of people this year. I'm hoping that TRoss has a good start to the season, as it could make him a valuable trade asset, or a good bench cog, if he doesn't have to do as much as in prior years. I have some hope. I can also see it becoming a train wreck if we lose Fultz again and/or if Cole continues to play out-of-control/hero ball. Our two mantras this year have to be healthy, and development.
  12. jmmagicfan

    Trade Thread

    So, I don't know that we would be interested, but this works on the trade machine sight, and gets us a couple of veterans in their final year, and a 2023 draft pick from Phoenix for helping swing a KD trade. Nets get TRoss and Mikal Bridges, and 2025 (top 3) protected first from Phoenix Suns get Kevin Durant Magic get Jae Crowder, Dario Saric, and a 2023 (top 3) protected first from Phoenix
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    2022 Off-season Thread

    Guess we aren't all the same and it isn't rigged - I got the Celtics! How did they know I'm originally from the Northeast?
  14. jmmagicfan

    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    Shaq is a hard no for me!
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    I've got to say, I'm definitely interested in this kid. Can he be the "next" Michael or Kobe? Maybe not; but the fact that he has the confidence to state his goals, and name Michael/Kobe/Zach Levine (?) as his inspirations/players whose games he studies definitely says something about him - and yet the quotes don't come across as arrogant, just driven. Oh to be a fly on the wall in the gym, workout rooms, and interviews!!! I think someone is going to pull a surprise pick in the top three, and one of the projected top-3 bigs is going to fall to 4th or even 5th. I don't know if Sharpe or Ivey (or even a bigger shocker?) is going to make that jump; but I just feel it in the air. I don't think Presti will pony up the #2/#12 to move up that one spot, but I think Houston with the #3/#17 just might be in the mix. I think the phones are probably really heating up about now.
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    Since Houston has #3 and #17, I might have a little more patience - maybe until #20, as it takes a little while to write it up, and send it in.
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    Trade Thread

    Welcome back! He may have been talented, but I think he had the BBIQ of a rock!
  18. jmmagicfan

    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    I wouldn't mind seeing us do a trade with Houston - they get #1 and #35, and we get #3 and #17. This is highly dependent on what we think of Banchero, Ivey, and/or Sharpe. If we think one of them has star-potential equal or greater than Smith/Holmgren it could be a very good move. I also looked at possibly doing larger deals that included TRoss, RJ Hampton, and our #32, and the Rockets Eric Gordon and Kevin Porter, Jr. in there as well. I know Porter has had some behavior issues, but maybe our culture would help to bring him onto the straight and narrow?
  19. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    I think he has the potential to be a multi-time winner of the 6th man award. He always plays with energy, and when he is hot he is almost unstoppable. He is almost a smaller, younger version of TRoss. I think he could be a third guard, playing almost starter minutes, backing up both PG/SG positions a la Vinnie "Microwave" Johnson in his Detroit Pistons Bad Boy days. I can see him as a fill-in starter when there is an injury, but I don't know that I believe in him as a full-time starter. I don't think he has the game control ability as a PG that Fultz has, and he is under-sized for a full-time SG. I think as a 6th man, he could be a dominant force off the bench.
  20. jmmagicfan

    2022 Off-season Thread

    Okay, that is really scary - I'm seeing almost exactly my thoughts and things I've said in someone else's words! 100% agree!
  21. jmmagicfan

    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    Yes and no. I would argue that we only have one, true PG in Markelle Fultz. I think that Suggs, Anthony, Hampton, (and Cannady) are all more combo guards than they are true points. Of the three under contract (Cannady unguaranteed), Suggs is probably the next closest to a true PG. As far as PF go, all three of Isaac, Okeke, and F Wagner are to varying degrees combo forwards. I think of Franz as more of a 3/4 and Isaac/Okeke as more of a 4/3. I would class Isaac as a PF, but he did play quite a bit of SF with Gordon at the PF. Currently under contract we look like this: Fultz/Suggs/Cannady (not-guaranteed) Anthony/Hampton F Wagner/Ross Isaac/Okeke Carter/M Wagner (not-guaranteed) Bamba and Bol are "regular" Restricted Free Agents (if we make the Qualifying Offers), Brazdeikis and Schofield are "2-way" potentially Restricted, and Harris and Lopez are straight Free Agents. Not to put too fine a point on this, but I am far more interested in talent right now than I am with fit, so when we get to the second round, I don't care what position they play, I want the Best Player Available at both of those slots. Whether your definition of BPA is "Highest Upside", or "Ready to Contribute". Maybe you even go with one of each. Personally, I like David Roddy as a ready-to-contribute player; though not necessarily the highest upside or position of need. If we go with one of the three "bigs" at #1, then hopefully we find some competent wings and/or true backup PG either in the second round or through free agency. I'm not sold on Hampton at all, and I'm not confident with our SG/SF depth. We have a lot of guys who CAN play multiple positions, I'm just not sure they should at this point of their careers. I think a little more focus on playing/learning one position might help some of our young guys.
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    Alternately, they want one of the three bigs, or Ivey; and they are trying to use reverse psychology to get someone above them to take Sharpe!
  23. jmmagicfan

    2022 NBA Playoffs!

    I would have to agree with the comparison; but I still would love to have Seth on our team, even if he is Curry Lite! I was really hoping we would try to get him in the free agency or trade market a couple of years ago.
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    Supposedly VW is 7’2”, 229 lbs, but yes they do seem to have very similar frames.
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    Two sacks - one on each shoulder!
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