Now that JJ is signed and secure the Magic could turn their attention to other parts of the roster that could use work. Vince Carter is a common name mentioned of someone who could be shipped out along with Marcin Gortat, and Brandon Bass. So we have a basic idea of who could be going, and there is a myriad of rumors as to who can come in. So lets get started.
Ak-47 is in the last year of his contract and quite overpaid according to the last 4 years. However, with his salary coming off this year and what he brings to the table he might be a good fit for the Magic. With a career 3 FG% of .307, he’s not the best downtown shooter, but he is good enough to spread the floor. Also Ak-47 is a dedicated defender and former 2nd Team All-Defensive player. And who wouldn’t want a long 6-9 235 SF who can block shots; get steals, rebounds, and plays physical D? I’ll tell you who could use that, any team that gets to see Lebron on a regular basis, like the Magic. This would be a nice counter to the Heat, and not an overreaction.
This would be a cost cutting/rebuilding move for the Sixers, and I know this is not the first player they want to get rid of (hello: Elton Brand), but it is possible. AI is under contract for the next 4 years for an average of 14 million a year, so Phillie might be tempted to let him go in lieu of drafting Evan Turner. With a 3FG% of .321 he is also a little erratic from downtown, but he is a dynamic playmaker on offense (like Vince was supposed to be) who is only 26. At 6’6” he is probably better suited to play the 2, but it’s a possibility. Plus he really lit it up in his playoff appearance against us in 09. So we can hope he wouldn’t shrink away from the playoffs like another SG did on our roster…
At 6’8” and 228 lbs Granger would be a great fit for the SF, plus he is the most skilled offensive player at the 3 other than Lebron. This could be defense by offense. Lebron won’t score as much if he has to guard a real scoring threat all the time. With a career 3FG% of .385 he would fit right in with what the Magic do on offense. There is not much else that can be said besides that he would appear to step it up in big games (at least his FG%). This is probably a pipe dream.
At 6’3” and 180 lbs Monta is an undersized 2 or a shoot-first 1. While he did average 25.5 ppg last season, a lot of that has to do with him playing Nellie Ball in GS. Lots of people have mentioned him as trade bait. Personally I don’t really feel like we have a need for him. He has a career average of .308 from downtown (although it went up last season to .338). He’s not at all known for his defense, and would probably be best suited as a 6th man rather than a starter. I don’t think that with Jameers mentality of shoot first or pick n roll that Ellis would fit into a starting role well. But when you pair him with Duhon on the bench it actually makes an interesting combo that might work thanks to Duhon’s lack of offense and willingness to pass (they are opposites, Duhon plays defense and passes, and Ellis just scores, scores, scores). Would probably be 6th man of the year in that scenario.
At 6’4” and 215 pounds Gilbert is a little short, but still a force to be reckoned with at the 1 or 2. He is only 28 but has missed a sizable amount of time due to injuries the last three seasons. However, it was all due to the same injury and Gilbert does appear to be over it. So he has fewer miles than he might have had otherwise. Also there is the issue of maturity; however I think that we’ve heard the last of his problems. After all, has anyone heard anything from his blog or twitter lately? Me either, and we know how much Gilbert used to talk, so he might be doing things differently now. With a career 3 fg% of .358 Gilbert wouldn’t have trouble in SVG’s offense, in fact he could help it seeing as he is a better distributor than Nelson and it would allow them to play with Jameer as more of a 2 (which suits his playing style). His PPG tended to go up in the playoffs (with the exception of 08 when he only came back that season for the playoffs and didn’t play much). Plus he is a willing passer, and decent defender, not a bad counter to D-wade.
Is everything we need and a bag of chips at the one. Jameer would probably be traded for this to go through along with Vince, and I agree that it’s a very long shot. At 6’0” and 175 lbs Paul is one of the fastest points in the league, and has a sweet stroke. His career average from downtown is .353, and his assists are always off the charts. He also has lead the leagues in steals or been in the top 5 in that category several times. There is one warning sign though, his FG% seems to dip quite a bit in the playoffs. Also the Magic would have to deal with losing both the offensive capabilities of Jameer and Vince. I am not convinced that even CP3 could replicate what they produce together, although Dwights PPG would have to go up. So even though I would be stoked if this went through, I would be cautious too.