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Old 07-11-2009, 12:10 AM   #1
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Default Brandon Bass Signs 4 Year Contract With Magic

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The Orlando Magic are trying to keep up in the arms race in the competitive Eastern Conference, agreeing to terms on Friday with free agent forward Brandon Bass on a four-year deal believed to be worth $18 million.

The 23-year-old Bass was one of the most coveted big men in this year's free agency class, having been a valuable role player off the bench for the Mavericks the past two seasons. He played in 81 games for Dallas last year, averaging 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 19 minutes a night. The Mavericks tried to keep him, but Dallas' commitment to Magic free agent center Marcin Gortat to an offer sheet made money scarce. New Orleans, Bass's first team, and Cleveland also were working to sign him.
With Hedo Turkoglu gone to Toronto, there may be an opportunity for a starting job at power forward in Orlando for Bass, with the Magic moving Rashard Lewis back to his normal small forward position. But even if he doesn't start, Bass will provide toughness and size for an Orlando team that now has to contend with Shaquille O'Neal and re-signed forward Anderson Varejao in Cleveland and the return of Kevin Garnett and newly signed Rasheed Wallace in Boston.
The Cavaliers made a last-minute push on Bass, according to a source, but didn't have a way to get him the money he'll get in Orlando. Cleveland has come to terms with free agent guard Anthony Parker and will probably use its mid-level exception on him, leaving only the biannual and veteran minimums for other players.
Bass's contract has an out clause after three seasons.
"Brandon is a physical, athletic frontline player," Orlando general manager Otis Smith said in a statement. "He will fit in well with our young core and we are excited to have him join the Magic family."
Bass is only 23, but he's been in the NBA for four years -- two with the Hornets, the last two with the Mavericks. He averaged 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds over 19.4 minutes per game last season, almost identical to his numbers the previous season.
At 6-foot-8, Bass is a bit undersized for a power forward, but he's got a wide body and plenty of toughness. He also has a good mid-range jumper and he made 87 percent of his free throws last season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Old 07-11-2009, 03:14 AM   #2
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i sure hope so
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Old 07-11-2009, 04:12 AM   #3
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i sure hope so
Same here, I think so far we have a better roster than last year. But I'll definitely need to see how the chemistry works out. I'm still not quite sure what the starting lineup will be.

Maybe something like this:

Nelson
VC
Lewis
Bass
Howard

I also wouldn't mind seeing Anderson start if he earns it.
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:55 PM   #4
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Good move for us!
Still need a backup C,dont think Bass or Anderson are big enough to play there.A veteran backup swingman would be nice too...how about Marquis Daniels?I think he's from Orlando.
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Good move for us!
Still need a backup C,dont think Bass or Anderson are big enough to play there.A veteran backup swingman would be nice too...how about Marquis Daniels?I think he's from Orlando.
We got Gortat back.
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:39 AM   #6
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Orlando has had a hell of an off season, I fear for whoever has to play you guys, your starting 5 looks real good, I think Bass will have a great season working next to DHoward. You have scorers, defenders, and of course a great bench. You guys are serious about winning and it shows, good luck on next season.
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:16 PM   #7
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Orlando has had a hell of an off season, I fear for whoever has to play you guys, your starting 5 looks real good, I think Bass will have a great season working next to DHoward. You have scorers, defenders, and of course a great bench. You guys are serious about winning and it shows, good luck on next season.

Gortat
Anderson
Pietrus
Redick
Johnson

Does that really constitute a "great" bench?
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Old 09-03-2009, 03:32 PM   #8
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Gortat
Anderson
Pietrus
Redick
Johnson

Does that really constitute a "great" bench?

Pietrus
Barnes
Gortat
Anderson

That sounds like a GREAT bench and add in

Jason Williams
Redick
Johnson
Foyle

Thats pretty good too.

Orlando are STACKED!
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Old 09-03-2009, 04:57 PM   #9
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Pietrus
Barnes
Gortat
Anderson

That sounds like a GREAT bench and add in

Jason Williams
Redick
Johnson
Foyle

Thats pretty good too.

Orlando are STACKED!
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:19 PM   #10
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Gortat
Anderson
Pietrus
Redick
Johnson

Does that really constitute a "great" bench?
Go back to the Toronto Raptors forum.
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