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miamiandorlando 10-25-2010 10:11 AM

Fran Vaszquez Considers Magic Return


The Orlando Magic could potentially sign Fran Vazquez, whom they selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, next summer, reports Brian Schmitz. Here's Assistant GM Dave Twardzik, as quoted by Schmitz, the Magic Insider:

"It's more open now than it has been in the past with Fran," Magic assistant general manager Dave Twardzik told the Sentinel.

After the Magic surprisingly picked Vazquez No. 11 ahead of Indiana's Danny Granger he burned and embarrassed the club with his no-show.


Twardzik said barriers have now been knocked down, to some degree, because Vazquez has matured and learned a bit more English.

Over the summer, a source familiar with the overseas market told Orlando Pinstriped Post that Vazquez's chances of joining the NBA soon were "35 percent and climbing," reasoning that the departure of Tiago Splitter, now of the San Antonio Spurs, from Europe made Vazquez "perhaps" the best center on the continent. The source also said Vazquez might be more motivated to leave FC Barcelona, his current club, if point guard Ricky Rubio also leaves to join the NBA.

Vazquez, now 27, has spent the last five seasons playing overseas. In Euroleague competition last year for FC Barcelona, he averaged 7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in just 17.6 minutes per game while shooting an astounding 68 percent from the floor, according to DraftExpress. He has just one season left on his contract and, according to Schmitz, joining the NBA next year is a possibility. He says NBA teams have offered to trade for his draft rights of late, which makes sense, given the dearth of athletic, efficient bigs in today's game.

And indeed, Vazquez is nothing if not athletic. Synergy Sports Technology data show that 31.5 percent of his offense came off cuts to the basket last season, and another 21.5 percent came as the dive man on the pick-and-roll. He scored on 75.6 percent of his cuts and an astonishing 85.7 percent of his rolls. Even accounting for Rubio's brilliant passing, those are impressive stats. He's not another Euro stiff. The man can move.

Earlier this year, Vazquez came up big in FC Barcelona's preseason win against the two-time defending NBA champion L.A. Lakers. He tallied 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block in 20 minutes. But he has a ways to go; he only managed 20 minutes because he fouled out.

Schmitz notes that the Magic "are up to their ears in power forwards," which is true. Coach Stan Van Gundy has a tough task in allocating 48 minutes a night to that position to Ryan Anderson, Brandon Bass, and Rashard Lewis this season, so there may not be room for Vazquez on next year's club. Then again, having Vazquez in their back pocket could enable the Magic to seriously entertain offers for backup center Marcin Gortat, another reasonably young, athletic big man. In July, GM Otis Smith estimated that 18 teams had contacted the Magic about Gortat last season.


1 Milwaukee Bucks Andrew Bogut, Utah
2 Atlanta Hawks Marvin Williams, North Carolina
3 Utah Jazz Deron Williams, Illinois
4 New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul, Wake Forest
5 Charlotte Bobcats Raymond Felton, North Carolina
6 Portland Trail Blazers Martell Webster, Seattle Prep HS
7 Toronto Raptors Charlie Villanueva, Connecticut
8 New York Knicks Channing Frye, Arizona
9 Golden State Warriors Ike Diogu, Arizona State
10 LA Lakers Andrew Bynum, St. Joseph (NJ) HS
11 Orlando Magic Fran Vazquez, Spain
12 LA Clippers Yaroslav Korolev, CSKA Moscow
13 Charlotte Bobcats Sean May, North Carolina
14 Minnesota Timberwolves Rashad McCants, North Carolina
15 New Jersey Nets Antoine Wright, Texas A&M
16 Toronto Raptors Joey Graham, Oklahoma State
17 Indiana Pacers Danny Granger, New Mexico
18 Boston Celtics Gerald Green, Gulf Shores Acad (TX)
19 Memphis Grizzlies Hakim Warrick, Syracuse
20 Denver Nuggets Julius Hodge, North Carolina State
21 Phoenix Suns (to New York) Nate Robinson, Washington
22 Denver Nuggets (to Portland) Jarrett Jack, Georgia Tech
23 Sacramento Kings Francisco Garcia, Louisville
24 Houston Rockets Luther Head, Illinois
25 Seattle SuperSonics Johan Petro, France
26 Detroit Pistons Jason Maxiell, Cincinnati
27 Portland Trail Blazers (to Denver) Linas Kleiza, Missouri
28 San Antonio Spurs Ian Mahinmi, STB Le Havre (France)
29 Miami Heat Wayne Simien, Kansas
30 New York Knicks David Lee, Florida


31 Atlanta Hawks Salim Stoudamire, Arizona
32 LA Clippers Daniel Ewing, Duke
33 New Orleans Hornets Brandon Bass, LSU
34 Utah Jazz C.J. Miles, Skyline H.S. (Tex)
35 Portland Trail Blazers (to Denver) Ricky Sanchez, IMG Academy
36 Milwaukee Bucks Ersan Ilyasova, Ulker Istanbul
37 LA Lakers Ronny Turiaf, Gonzaga
38 Orlando Magic Travis Diener, Marquette
39 LA Lakers Von Wafer, Florida State
40 Golden State Warriors Monta Ellis, Lanier H.S. (Miss.)
41 Toronto Raptors Roko Ujic, KK Split (Croatia)
42 Golden State Warriors Chris Taft, Pittsburgh
43 New Jersey Nets Mile Ilic, BC Reflex (Serbia & Montenegro)
44 Orlando Magic (to Cleveland) Martynas Andriuskevicius, Zalgiris (Lithuania)
45 Philadelphia 76ers Louis Williams, South Gwinnett HS (Ga.)
46 Indiana Pacers Erazem Lorbek, Climamio Bologna (Italy)
47 Minnesota Timberwolves Bracey Wright, Indiana
48 Seattle SuperSonics Mickael Gelabale, Real Madrid (Spain)
49 Washington Wizards Andray Blatche, South Kent Prep (Conn.)
50 Boston Celtics Ryan Gomes, Providence
51 Utah Jazz Robert Whaley, Walsh University
52 Denver Nuggets Axel Hervelle, Real Madrid (Spain)
53 Boston Celtics Orien Green, La.-Lafayette
54 New York Knicks (to Phoenix) Dijon Thompson, UCLA
55 Seattle SuperSonics (to Memphis) Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State
56 Detroit Pistons Amir Johnson, Westchester H.S. (Calif.)
57 Phoenix Suns (to Orlando) Marcin Gortat, RheinEnergie Koln (Germany)
58 Toronto Raptors Uros Slokar, Snaidero Udine (Italy)
59 Atlanta Hawks Cenk Akyol, Efes Pilsen (Turkey)
60 Detroit Pistons Alex Acker, Eisenhower HS (Calif.)

look at all the guys the magic could've grabbed :facepalm

but it would be GREAT if this guy finally came over, while not that young anymore if he could play some spot minutes or be packaged with someone else in a trade, it would be great

Nelson14 10-25-2010 10:17 AM

Re: Fran Vaszquez Considers Magic Return
i will believe it when he is actually on the roster, this guy is all false promises and lies

miamiandorlando 10-26-2010 11:08 AM

Re: Fran Vaszquez Considers Magic Return

Originally Posted by Nelson14
i will believe it when he is actually on the roster, this guy is all false promises and lies

yeah, but if he comes over i will be really excited to try to move some combination of gortat and another forward and try to swing a deal for a good swing man

Arroyo8 02-07-2011 11:14 AM

Re: Fran Vaszquez Considers Magic Return
bust is never comin over

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