I actually think the Magic are eyeing another major free agent (a la 2000 tmac + ghill)....they certainly have the flexibility to pull it off this offseason.
Any way you cut it, the Magic needed offense and that's what they're getting. They never really got blown out much last season and kept most games close whether they won or lost, so this might put them over the hump a bit.
Darko averaged 8ppg, Lewis 23ppg. But I think when it's all said and done either Darko will resign for a year or he will be packaged in a trade for some more key pieces.
Dwight + Lewis will be fun to watch. Can you imagine Howard roaming the offensive glass now with a teammate who sees double teams regularly?!
He'll be cleaning up everything!
Also, the Magic were supposedly planning on having Gerald Wallace in town later this week.....I wonder if that changes now or if it was in their plans to go after both all along?
Last edited by Take Your Lumps : 07-03-2007 at 12:58 AM.
The Sonics are now $19M under cap, since Lewis is out and Danny Fortson's contract has expired.. Durant and Green will most likely get a sum of $7M. They're still about $12M under cap. They got a very big cap space.
I applaud Otis for calling Darko (and his agent's) bluff......they wanted $10 million per and he goes out and unloads the vault for a bona-fide first/second option.
The only team with enough cash to offer Darko MORE than the MLE is Memphis. Great situation there :)
Now the pressure is on Darko and his agent to work out a reasonable deal with the Magic (above the MLE but not a retarded sum of money) or else he will have to either settle for the MLE somewhere else and go to a bottomfeeder or both.
In a surprising development, the Magic did not contact Darko Milicic when free-agent courting officially began after midnight Sunday. A team's call to a player is seen as at least a good-will gesture, if not an actual precursor to negotiating.
The Magic had said they wanted to re-sign Milicic while also targeting Lewis. Because Milicic is a restricted free agent, they can match any offer. It's apparent the Magic are waiting on Milicic to present an offer sheet from another suitor.
Marc Cornstein, Milicic's agent, told the Sentinel it was "curious" that the Magic did not call.
Cornstein said he had received calls from about a dozen other teams interested in signing Milicic, including "a few" who made offers, but he added, "Curious by their absence was the Orlando Magic."
The NBA's most sought-after free agent is going to the Magic Kingdom.
Rashard Lewis has given the Orlando Magic a verbal commitment to leave the Seattle SuperSonics and sign a max contract on July 11, according to NBA front-office sources.
That's the first day free agents are allowed to officially sign new contracts.
Unless a sign-and-trade arrangement is worked out with Lewis' old team or unless it can otherwise shed payroll between now and July 11, Orlando will have to renounce the rights to restricted free agent Darko Milicic to create the salary-cap space needed to sign Lewis to a deal believed to be in the $15 million-a-year range.
This is where all that "creative financing" Otis has been talking about will come into play.