Orlando Magic: Free Agent Frenzy
Magic Acquire Young Power Forward
On Friday, the Orlando Magic acquired Brandon Bass from the Dallas Mavericks, a 6'8" power forward who can rebound, shoot effectively, and run the floor. The Magic and Bass agreed on a four-year, $18 million deal.
Magic GM Otis Smith said that he chose Bass for his size, especially since the team has lost Tony Battie and his dominating presence.
"He's got wide shoulders, and a wide body, and that's important to us," Smith said.
However, Smith has noted that the team still lacks the size it needs to compete next season.
Gortat Comes with a Price
The Dallas Mavericks have offered Marcin Gortat a five-year, $34 million deal, and it does not look like the Magic will match that offer. When and if Gortat is allowed to leave for Dallas, Orlando will need someone who can provide a solid backup to Dwight Howard at center.
That role was extremely valuable during the 2009 NBA Playoffs.
Smith hasn't made a final decision regarding Gortat public. He has said any annual salary above $5 million would be steep for a backup player, but Smith hypothetically could sign Gortat and then trade him later.
However, that would carry some risk. That would push the Magic deeper into the luxury tax, and because of the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, the Magic wouldn't be able to trade Gortat until Dec. 15.
Free Agents Still on the Table
The Magic will likely target bargain free agents in the near future. Those still available include Jason Collins, Francisco Elson, Ryan Hollins, Theo Ratliff, Von Wafer, Orlando native Marquis Daniels, and former Magic player Keith Bogans.
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