What a day the Orlando Magic had?
The first breaking news came today at around one o'clock in the morning when Chris Broussard tweeted:
Nets have emerged as No. 1 choice for Dwight Howard, multiple sources say. D12 is expected to ask Magic to trade him to NJ.
This took the city of Orlando by surprise, as many thought Dwight would give Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith a chance to build a better team around him this offseason. This was a rough start to a cloudy day in Orlando, but, if you thought that was the only big news that came out of today then you are sadly mistaken.
The next big news came around noon when many reports around the league, most notably from David Aldridge of NBA.com, came out saying that the Magic were ready to file tampering charges against the New Jersey Nets. Supposedly, New Jersey Nets GM Billy King and owner Mikhail Prokhorov met with Dwight in Miami Thursday night.
However, it is too early to tell if these claims are true.
Only an hour and a half later, a new story was reported by the Orlando Sentinel that said Magic GM Otis Smith dealt fan favorite Brandon Bass to the Celtics for Glen "Big Baby" Davis. I actually think that this was a great trade, as Davis has a lot more upside than Bass.
The next story brought a smile to all Magic fans. GM Smith took full advantage of the Amnesty clause and cut the old, over-paid Gilbert Arenas. This move may be the transaction that keeps Dwight in Orlando, as the Magic have a lot more wiggle room to go out and get another star.
The last breaking news reported today was the signing of rookies DeAndre Liggins and Justin Harper.
And that concluded a busy day for the Orlando Magic. However, we should not expect the Magic to stand pat, as there are still many questions not answered, including D12. In the following slides I will make my predictions on what the Magic are going to accomplish in the next few weeks.