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Magic are meeting with Lewis -- OrlandoSentinel.com

There are 24 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jul 2, 2007, titled Magic are meeting with Lewis -- OrlandoSentinel.com. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

The Orlando Magic wasted no time getting together with Rashard Lewis -- the player they covet most among NBA free agents this summer.

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orl native

Altamonte Springs, FL

#1 Jul 2, 2007
Schmitz? C'mon this guy doesnt even have any insider info. Got to be the worst beat writer ever! This is yesterday's news. As far as Darko, Smith is just waiting to match the highest offer from another team, he's not going anywhere. Hey Brian do you buy a car by walking in and telling them what the highest price you will pay for it is?? Keep up the good work Otis. I'll continue to read the Jacksonville news if I want the scoop from you.
Forrest Trump

Orlando, FL

#3 Jul 2, 2007
Hahaha good one orl native. I guess Schmitz is to busy getting his info from other sources. He can't do it himself.
exzoner

United States

#4 Jul 2, 2007
Florida Times-Union is main jax paper
Dan wrote:
Is the Jacksonville newspaper available online? Thanks
T-Rain

Wheaton, IL

#6 Jul 2, 2007
Last year's cap was $53M. The Magic have $39M committed, not including Darko or G. Hill. Depending on how much the cap increases for next year, the Magic will have to trade away one or two players to sign both Darko and Lewis. If it went up dramatically (say, to $58M) the Magic might have a chance to sign both without a trade. Most likely the cap would go up more modestly, maybe to $54M or $55M.

Some options of salaries to trade away.

Hedo -$6.3M (two years left + extra year player option)
Arroyo -$4M (one year left)
Garrity -$3.8M (one year left)
Dooling -$3.6M (one year left)
Bogans -$2.7M (two years left)

The Magic should be able to find a team that could use Hedo, Arroyo, or Dooling. The latter two especially only have one year left and can play PG, a need for a lot of teams. Dooling is a quality combo guard that a lot of teams would like to have (and actually I'd hate to see him leave, but it might be necessary if you can get Lewis + Darko).

I'm not exactly sure about the cap rules, but I think the Magic might also be able to agree to a sign and trade with Seattle, where they send one of their current players to Seattle. For example, sign Darko for a salary starting at $7M (avg ~$9M). If the cap goes up to say,$55M. That leaves the Magic with about $9M under the cap. Trade Arroyo or Dooling to Seattle, who needs a third PG and some SG help (with Allen gone), so that the Magic could sign Lewis to a starting salary of $12-$13M (avg ~$14-15M).
T-Rain

Wheaton, IL

#7 Jul 2, 2007
BTW, the one move by Otis Smith that I really question is signing Bogans to three years,$8M. Bogans is a decent backup, but you didn't need to pay him that much. I do like that Smith stood firm on his offer to Stevenson.

BTW, it's now clear that the Magic got rid of all their second round picks so they could try to sign both Lewis and Darko.
T-Rain

Wheaton, IL

#8 Jul 2, 2007
BTW, even if the sign-and-trade with Seattle doesn't quite work the way it was proposed, I'm pretty sure something like that could work as part of a three team deal with a team sufficiently under the cap. That third team would be rewarded with a second round pick and/or cash for facilitating the deal.
Tito

United States

#9 Jul 2, 2007
there will probably need to trade Hedo as part of a sign and trade wirh Seattle, wich presents the following opening nigt line-up : Nelson and Lewis (guards) Ariza and Howard (forwards) Milic (center).Milic must sign for $6 mil in order for this to work
Michael in Ocoee

Orlando, FL

#10 Jul 2, 2007
OK, who would you rather have?

Rashard Lewis at $14 million a year?

or

Gerald Wallace at $10 million a year?

Is Rashard's 3-ball to spread the floor worth another $4 million a year? Not a loaded question. Just curious to other's opinions.
Magic

Winter Park, FL

#11 Jul 2, 2007
I keep seeing line-ups posted with Lewis playng the two. There is no way he can play guard against most teams. He is a great player but definitely not quick enough to cover Wade and the other two guards he would face in the east.

Lewis will be playing the 3 or 4 depending on the matchups and Ariza will be coming off the bench. If the other team does not have a dominating PF, we could have both Ariza and Lewis on the floor. Both are two skinny to guard a strong post-up forward like Boozer or Duncan. Fortunately the east does not have many teams with great PFs.

I wonder if Otis is thinking of a sign and trade with Milicic to the Bobcats for Wallace to play the two.

That line-up would be very athletic and quick:
Nelson/Wallace/Ariza/Lewis/How ard
with Dooling/J.J./Battie as primary support.

Obviously if we lose Darko we will be shallow on the front line. Maybe Otis knows something we don't about one of the 3 front court players we have overseas.
Dan S

Mcalpin, FL

#13 Jul 2, 2007
If Otis doesn't make an effort to re-sign Darko, then why the hell did we give up a first-rounder in this year's draft to get him? The kid showed tremendous potential, and we could be a powerhouse in the east with Darko, Dwight and Rashard. I'm glad to see the team trying to make some free agent moves, but keeping Darko is crucial to the Magic's success in the future.
Dan S

Mcalpin, FL

#14 Jul 2, 2007
Michael in Ocoee wrote:
OK, who would you rather have?
Rashard Lewis at $14 million a year?
or
Gerald Wallace at $10 million a year?
Is Rashard's 3-ball to spread the floor worth another $4 million a year? Not a loaded question. Just curious to other's opinions.
I personally think that Wallace is a flash in the pan. Besides this year, Wallace hadn't really done anything special (and being the number one option on a crappy Bobcat team doesn't get me really excited, either.) We really need some one who can spread the floor and keep the double and triple team off Dwight. Lewis is the way to go. He's proven that he can put up big numbers consistently, despite playing with another big-time scorer like Ray Allen.
tigga77

Fruitland Park, FL

#16 Jul 2, 2007
Otis is very smart in his approach. By not contacting Darko and waiting for another team to tender him an offer, We avoid overpaying for him. Darko is a restricted free agent and we can match what ever offers he gets.Memphis is the only other team with cap space. Teams will only be able to offer the midlevel exception unless they are willing to pay luxury tax and exceed the salary cap. (not happening) If memphis gives darko an offer, we can orchestrate a sign and trade. We may be able to get stromile and maybe Mike miller back in a Magic uniform.
tigga77

Fruitland Park, FL

#17 Jul 2, 2007
Rashard is a good player, but he is not worth the money he will make. He is young, but he is often injured. His biggest asset is his shooting ability. he is a defensive liability. Gerald Wallace is an asset offensively and defensivly. He will be much cheaper as well. I say go after wallace, match reasonable offers for Darko, and maybe bring in Posey or matt Barnes. trade jameer,and bring in an expiring contract. There are big free agent names next season. Plus if Kobe is not traded this season, he will be moved next season because he can opt out after next season. Lakers will not go uncompensated.
willie

Pompano Beach, FL

#18 Jul 2, 2007
otis forget about darko sign both lewis and wallace dwight c battie pf lewis sf wallace sg jj pg
Dan

Winter Garden, FL

#19 Jul 2, 2007
I dont think we should waste a max contract on lewis. lewis is a good player, but tends to miss alot of games due to injury. HE HAS YET TO PLAY A full YEAR WERE HE PLAYED 82 GAMES! i think its his 9th year in the league. I think we should resign darko, and go after wallace if we cant sign him wait next year for agent zero!!!!!!! AND areans is WORTH a max deal
Dan

Winter Garden, FL

#20 Jul 2, 2007
Also a Andres Nocioni is a free agent i would love to see him play for the magic, he is a hard nose player, who gives 100 percent every nite, would cost us maybe 6-7 million a year, Andres Nocioni and wallace on the magic roster next year puts us well past the 1st round of the playoffs
John

Deland, FL

#21 Jul 2, 2007
Magic still needs to find another point guard fill the spot. Nelson and Arroyo are both worthless on and off the court last season. They're most likely going to be the same next season.
rodney

Osteen, FL

#22 Jul 2, 2007
Dan wrote:
I dont think we should waste a max contract on lewis. lewis is a good player, but tends to miss alot of games due to injury. HE HAS YET TO PLAY A full YEAR WERE HE PLAYED 82 GAMES! i think its his 9th year in the league. I think we should resign darko, and go after wallace if we cant sign him wait next year for agent zero!!!!!!! AND areans is WORTH a max deal
sorry he has played 2 seasons with 82 games and all the rest were above 70 and change and if your talking about injury prone wallace has never played 82 games in his career infact his most he ever played was 72 he averaged 55 games a season for his career so get your facts right
HonoluluMagic

Columbus, OH

#23 Jul 2, 2007
I think everybody up in here should calm down and accept the fact that lewis aint gonna play for this team next year.Theres no way he would choose the Magic over Houston and Miami.
The man want to win and Orlando aint the place for that.I think we should hold on to the money and get rid of Nelson, Arroyo and freaking Pat''THE CRAP''Garrity,i dont even know why is he still here.
Next year we should have more good free agents out there.
We been sucking for the past few years so im sure we could suck for another year.No problem.
Alex

Port Charlotte, FL

#24 Jul 2, 2007
better keep Darko and sign Lewis. We can suffer the loss of Hedo and maybe even Pat Garrity. Fill in the rest of the roster with solid players. We need another 2 guard that could really take the starting role. Actually with Stan, he might be able to challenge J.J. He can shoot the lights out but lets push him to become better defensively maybe he could take that 2 guard postion. Alot of options and i believe that SVG will study those options and put our team in position to win.

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