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Lewis gets 6-year deal with Magic -- OrlandoSentinel.com

There are 68 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jul 12, 2007, titled Lewis gets 6-year deal with Magic -- OrlandoSentinel.com. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

The Orlando Magic said they wanted Rashard Lewis and Darko Milicic to share a basketball court, but the two will step on one now wearing different uniforms, playing in different conferences in different cities.

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Wroclaw, Poland

#1 Jul 12, 2007
Wrost sign in Magic history :( Otis you made BIG mistake :/
Brian Rivers

Winter Park, FL

#2 Jul 12, 2007
Without clearing cap space to sign Darko, this team now have more holes in the frontcourt, that a piece of swiss cheese. The thought of having Tony Battie as our starting power forward is sickenning, this guy is an stiff, a bench player, God help us!!!! We will get abuse and outscored everynight in that position, it will be ugly.... Thank you Otis for your creative financing.

Henderson, NV

#3 Jul 12, 2007
Not only is there a void in the PF spot the SG spot is now also vacant, we need a perimeter defensive player like Artest to bring some tenacity to this team

Darlinghurst, Australia

#4 Jul 12, 2007
Otis you MORON! Why in the hell would you throw in a sixth year at that price tag when nobody else in the league was coming remotely close to a max contract? WHY? You were willing to fork out $100mil+ on Rashard but you wouldn't add $2m per season to Darko's contract? You MORON! Does Nelson-Reddick-Lewis-Battie-Ho ward really sound all that much better than Nelson-Reddick-Ariza-Milicic-H oward? Spare me! This isn't the worst contract in Magic history, it's the worst contract in sports history, PERIOD! Thanks a lot Otis. I look forward to the time I walk into Amway Arena and you're selling me my gameday programme! Clown...

Darlinghurst, Australia

#5 Jul 12, 2007
By the way, if we win a title, all is forgiven. I'm easy like that :)

Orlando, FL

#6 Jul 12, 2007
Its now been reported that Darko is going to play for the Grizzlies. I am not surprised he was given 18 to 21 million for 3 years by the Grizzlies. The Orlando Magic should have try ed to sign him or get something for him. Now Darko will problely come back and hurt the Magic in the future. If he gets the playing time, He could end up as one of the best big men in the NBA. The Orlando Magic management STINK.

El Paso, TX

#7 Jul 12, 2007
why no opinions on what the Magic did by Sentinel writers


#8 Jul 12, 2007
Remember the sentinel some weeks ago, draft day, one Magic executive saying "we don't care not having a pick because we got Darko which is much better". And then they didn't even give him the polite call on the first day of free agency!. They just let him walk away. It's simply annoying. Jardz you are so right, they totally overpaid Lewis and they wouldn't gave Darko 2 more M! Now we have one front court starter, one back up, and that's it! We also have 4 mediocre PG, 3 good SF, and a unproven rookie SG(Reddick). Oh, but don't worry, we can still count with 2nd round picks Augustine and Gorat, which will certainly be the sucessors of Duncan and Robinson. Yeah, definitely I can see all those rings coming to Orlando...

Arlington Heights, IL

#9 Jul 12, 2007
Why is everyone so upset? yeah...would have been great to keep darko, but choosing between darko and lewis? no question the answer is lewis...i don't think it will be that hard to fill the "huge" void of darko's 8 points and 4 rebounds per game...but still we need just one more piece i think and the magic and nba finals are finally in the same sentence again *cough**cough* ARTEST!*cough*

Arlington Heights, IL

#10 Jul 12, 2007
oh and by the way...i think we overpaid lewis as well, but thats what we had to pay to get him. If we didn't do it...someone else would have
Orlando Racist

Oviedo, FL

#11 Jul 12, 2007
wondering wrote:
why no opinions on what the Magic did by Sentinel writers
I agree. The Sentinel writers need to be more critical of the management of this team.

The only major pro sports team in town has just signed the worst contract in sports history and not one sports writer has stepped up.

Read the comments, the fans are not happy.

Santa Barbara, CA

#12 Jul 12, 2007
Your beat writer Schmitz didn't even include the key to the trade for Seattle, no mention at all of the $9.5 million Trade Exception. Did he do his homework?

For a completely different take and the details behind what forced Orlando's hand, check out Sonics beat writer Gary Washburn in today's Seattle P.I.(Percy Allen in the Seattle Times is simular)

Raleigh, NC

#13 Jul 12, 2007
Ok let's review: The Magic trade out of the draft this year and cite Darko as being their draft pick...and then they let him walk with absolutely no compensation. This on TOP of Fran 'the-disappearing-draft-pick' Vasquez?!?!(Whose rights we obviously now HAVE to trade since he is a Marc Cornstein client and is not about to play for the Magic). And What does this Mickey Mouse management team do? Throw a max contract at a guy who doesn't defend, doesn't rebound and is hurt for at leeast 20% of the season every year?!?!

I find it totally ironic that this ownership refused to pay Shaquille O'Neal IN HIS PRIME 100 Million dollars - arguably one of the greatest franchise centers of all time - and yet they'll pay Rashard Lewis 100 Million?!?!


United States

#14 Jul 12, 2007
So the Magic are paying 18 million per year for a 6-10 guy that averages 20 points and 6 rebounds per game ? BRILLIANT ! they finally get out from under the grant hill contract and now they pay max money for a guy that is maybe worth 8-10 million per year. what do you expect from a team that let shaq go for nothing, traded t-mac for garbage, spent the # 11 draft pick on a guy that didn't even want to play in the NBA, etc. it's no surprise that the magic haven't won anything in the last 10 years.
Both sides of the coin

Broadview Heights, OH

#15 Jul 12, 2007
Come on now. Lewis is a proven, PROVEN, scorer. The team will be fine.
You trot out a team with Jameer at PG, SG Ariza (he will have a HUGE year), SF Lewis, PF Battie (maybe. There are a few vets out there we can still get), and C Howard. With Turk, Bogans, Dooling, and Reddick coming off the bench right now. I think this team, in the weak east, will contend well. Defense wasnt our problem last year. It was scoring and now with a proven scorer and only losing a few blocks a game from Darko, this team will be fine.

United States

#16 Jul 12, 2007
Now that a young and improving Darko has left, I guess this means he will now really start to shine like all the others the Magic have let go and blossomed (Maggette, Mike Miller, Ben Wallace, Billups,... the list goes on and on). Why does this organization have such a bad record on keeping those who "might" develop - but never do - and letting go of the gems?

United States

#18 Jul 12, 2007
MAGIC FAN wrote:
Why is everyone so upset? yeah...would have been great to keep darko, but choosing between darko and lewis? no question the answer is lewis...
I agree - if we must choose between the two, I'll take Lewis over Darko every day and twice on Sunday.
I also hear others complaining we still need a SG. Anybody been watching JJ's party this week? I know it is summer league - but give him the ball. He'll score!

Since: Apr 07

Chesterfield, MO

#19 Jul 12, 2007
Chris wrote:
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I agree - if we must choose between the two, I'll take Lewis over Darko every day and twice on Sunday.
I also hear others complaining we still need a SG. Anybody been watching JJ's party this week? I know it is summer league - but give him the ball. He'll score!
Darko wanted out - PERIOD.

He wanted to be greatly overpaid for his abilities and the Magic did the right thing by letting him go. Better to throw money as a proven player than one who's potential is still yet to be realized. The Grizz is still be a cellar dweller with Darko in the low post. Gasol's numbers will go up but only because he will not be doubled on the block. Great for Pau, status-quo for the Grizz.

I will miss Milicic like a toothache.

Battie is a better player than you think, and if the Magic relased him, he would find his way to a place like San Antonio or Dallas and contribute to a championship. It ALWAYS happens.

Chicago, IL

#20 Jul 12, 2007
I used to consider Otis a good GM. No more now. He has to go. With that amount of money, we should go for Kobe. This transaction is insane! If I were a magic GM, I would rather make no move and wait another year if we can't get Lewis below 15 millions per year. This team is really a bad team and don't deserve a new arena.

Starke, FL

#21 Jul 12, 2007
Darko stinks - he has no passion for the game and does not care about getting better. He is happy to rest on his laurels and receive his 7 figure contract for being average. The Magic overpaid for Lewis but now we have two cornerstones and more importantly incentives for vets to sign for the midlevel or min because they feel like with those two, they can be the piece that gets us over the hump. The move is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. I think Otis should be applauded.

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