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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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Since: Jul 07

Bartlett, IL

#63 Jul 13, 2007
Here's what Chad Ford of ESPN.com says about the Lewis signing:

"So what about Rashard Lewis? Why did the Magic give him $113 million?

"Was there a team out there that would have matched such an offer? No, not even close.

"His previous team, the Seattle SuperSonics, could have given him a similar amount, but their offer was for far less.

"The other team with enough salary cap room to offer Lewis a similar contract, the Bobcats, didn't want to spend anything close to that on Lewis. Other teams, including the Rockets, were interested in a sign-and-trade deal, but as a number of teams learned in the past week, the Sonics didn't want to take back any long-term salaries as part of a sign-and-trade. That eliminated virtually everyone else."

"Not only did the Magic offer Lewis far more than any other team was willing to pay, but they also added an unnecessary sixth year to the deal. Without a sign-and-trade deal between Seattle and Orlando, which the Magic didn't need to do, Lewis was eligible by NBA rules to sign with the Magic for only five years."

"The sixth year is worth $22.7 million, if paid in full. While only $10 million of it is currently guaranteed, a league source revealed that the remainder will be guaranteed if certain performance incentives are met. According to this source, it boils down to this: if Lewis remains healthy, he'll get the money."

"The Magic could have secured Lewis with a five-year,$60 million deal. Of course, Lewis' agent and the Magic won't admit that, but that's what the market tells us -- along with a number of GMs and agents. "

Since: Jul 07

Bartlett, IL

#64 Jul 13, 2007
More Chad Ford:

The Magic mishandled the Milicic asset in several ways.

First, they gave up their 2007 first-round pick to land Milicic, without being committed to a strategy for this asset.(Detroit used that pick to draft Rodney Stuckey.)

Second, they chose not to keep a 22-year-old center, when they said it was their top priority and could have rearranged their roster slightly to do so. Now they have the thinnest frontcourt in the NBA.

Third, they essentially gave him away, rather than trading him for another player, a draft pick or a trade exception.

Fourth, they mishandled the entire episode to the point where they are ineligible to use the midlevel exception this year. With a sign-and-trade to move Darko to another team and receive an asset in return, Orlando could have stayed slightly over the salary cap and used the exception. By waiving Milicic, the Magic fell a little below the cap and lost their free agent exceptions. Now they can sign only minimum-salary players.

Darko's agent Marc Cornstein said more than 20 teams inquired about Milicic once he became an unrestricted free agent, and several teams attempted to work out a sign-and-trade with Seattle and Orlando to land Darko.

While Smith said publicly that the team was working feverishly to find a way to keep Milicic, Cornstein said that he received just one phone call from the team after it withdrew its qualifying offer, and the call wasn't related to a deal for Darko.

A source in Seattle also said that the Magic weren't very interested in exploring various sign-and-trade scenarios and in the end "just wanted to get their guy and be done with it."

Instead of asking Lewis to wait a few days while the team tried to explore trade options, the Magic waived Milicic early Wednesday to expedite the Lewis signing. Later that day Milicic agreed to a three-year,$21 million deal with the Grizzlies.
Magic are doomed

Melbourne, FL

#65 Jul 13, 2007

Bound Brook, NJ

#66 Jul 13, 2007
For Chad Ford and everyone else who talks negatively about the Magic deal, what about Vince with a six year 80 mil, he'll be 36-37 when his deal is done. I haven't heard the negative backlash from that. He averages 3 more ppg than Rashard, and he was the number one option. Rashard played behind ray Allen. I feel NJ made the same investment, and everyone's quiet. SO far.

The Magic try to improve, and all people can remember is 2000, McGrady and Hill.

This is getting to be too much.


Bedworth, UK

#67 Jul 13, 2007
Thanx T rain that was really enlightning. Is jsut confirmed what we all think here: we overpaid, we gave a good draft pick for nothing and we didn't even make the effort to get rid of our extra PGs for signing Milic and now we had a lame frontcourt.

Bedworth, UK

#68 Jul 13, 2007
Look at this in ESPN, it's just annoying, and it is what be have been saying. It's unbearable that fans can be smarter than a GM!:

The combined production of Milicic and Wallace very likely will match or outpace what Lewis will do for the Magic this season. Essentially, Orlando is paying him the price of two players.

Don't give away assets.

This is the rule that most teams follow, which is why many around the league were shocked that the Magic didn't try harder to get something in return for Milicic. Say what you will about Darko -- whether you think he is a bust or still has potential, he is a roster asset.

Bedworth, UK

#69 Jul 13, 2007

"Once the Magic extend the contracts of Howard and Nelson, they essentially will be capped out for the next five years. This is their team.

If the Magic win and win big, no one will care about how much Lewis makes. But if they stumble, it could be the deal that sucks the Magic right out of Orlando."
Seattle da 206

Duquesne, PA

#70 Jul 20, 2007
haters.. on rashard and the amount he was paid STEP OUT ... yall lucky that ya got him and thats that....

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