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  1. Optimist Prime

    2018-19 Official Season Discussion Thread

    At this point it’s just about winning, however that happens. I don’t know if the team is “there” yet, but winning a few games they should by a fairly comfortable margin is reassuring. Some tough ones ahead on the schedule. I’m interested to see how MCW can change the dynamic of the bench, and if Fournier can step up over these final games. I want to see them win the ones that aren’t easy.
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    2018-19 Official Season Discussion Thread

    But it helps that Conley was just listed as doubtful.
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    Magic Vs. Pelicans - Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 P.M.

    Spurs are a 1.5 out of 4th and only .5 out of 8th. I don’t think they’re losing intentionally.
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    2018-19 Official Season Discussion Thread

    That’s my dilemma right now. I feel like making the playoffs and having a good series would ensure Vucevic gets re-signed. I don’t know if we want that, especially if that also means he gets a bloated contract to keep him from signing elsewhere. Depends on what he gets, I guess. A declining deal at a minor discount would be fine. Bamba is going to take some time to develop.
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    2018-19 Official Season Discussion Thread

    Birch is 26, played overseas, and is in his second NBA season. He played 42 games last year. Let’s maybe hold off on deciding to place our hopes on him before giving up on the 20 year old rookie still learning the game? If we were making a championship run, and needed a player who can contribute now rather than later, then maybe. But only to help that run. We are barely in the playoff race, and need to build sustainability. Not sure why this is being approached with a win-now mentality.
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    Magic @ Pelicans - Tuesday, Feb. 12th at 8:00 P.M.

    I’m glad Evan is hitting his free throws again. It’s the little things...
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    Welcome Markelle Fultz glad to have ya

    We should base out offseason moves around getting a SG with a last name starting with A, and who is above average height for the position, thus giving us a BIG AF lineup. EDIT: unless Klay Thompson agrees to sign here.
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    Magic @ Chicago

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    Magic @ Chicago

    Have you tried switching hands for your final dribble and bring the ball to your shooting hand from the guide hand? There’s less maneuvering and you can set your wrist/elbow into a dip before you even get the ball in place. Durant’s icers against Cleveland were both shot this way iirc.
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    Magic @ Chicago

    Interesting. Do you usually dribble with your shooting hand into your shots?
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    Magic @ Chicago

    I thought it was just cupping
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    Magic @ Chicago

    It really is funny. I actually shoot threes better after a crossover, and I think it’s because I have less time to think and it forces me to rely on reaction time/muscle memory.
  13. Optimist Prime

    2018-19 Official Season Discussion Thread

    Maybe. Let’s see how Isaac heals and what the wings can do. I still don’t think Bamba will be ready and missing a starting center will hurt us. I wouldn’t mind losing Fournier or Simmons if it gives a good PG, but I just think we don’t have the personnel right now to afford losing Vuc and still be competitive.
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    2018-19 Official Season Discussion Thread

    But even if he is what he is, he’s still better than Bamba at this point and we really don’t know that Bamba will turn out the way we hope. Right now, Bamba hurts the team if he’s out starting center. He likely can’t even get to starter minutes because he’d probably foul out by then. Letting go of Vuc to let go of Vuc is the kind of move that made this team so bad for so long.
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    2018-19 Official Season Discussion Thread

    I don’t think we get much unless there’s a team that sees him as the missing piece for a championship and is willing to sell part of their future to win now. With it being the last year of his contract, the only teams that will probably take him are teams that want to shed salary or teams that are in the playoff picture. I don’t think the return will be worth it. The decision on whether to sign him in the offseason will depend on how Bamba improves and what his value is in free agency. I don’t think we can answer that question right now. If he plays up to that contract by year two, and we think Bamba is ready, that’s when the decision for a trade would be made. There’s a risk involved no matter what happens. To me, maintaining development and consistency is most important right now. I wouldn’t be willing to shake up too much until we get closer to the trade deadline, when we will have a clearer picture of what this team is.