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Hi Alex. Any chance the Phil Jackson comes home to Chicago to take a Pat Riley like role with the Bulls? Phil Jackson and Tom Thibodeau would be an amazing duo and would help the Bulls finally attract A-list free agents in their prime.
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It sounds like Jackson wants a front office role somewhere so it’s not out of the question. With that said, Jackson doesn’t have any experience in that position, so he would need to be surrounded by smart people who know what they’re doing. That team would also need a very good coach. Otherwise, the first time that team struggles, that coach would be blasted and people would be calling for Jackson to return to the sidelines. We’ll see what happens this offseason. It sounds like Jackson wants that type of role, but we’ll see which teams are interested.
Hi Alex. The Magic are expected to have cap room in the summer of 2014. Realistically what free agent or free agents do you think fit what they’re trying to build regardless of position and have a chance at obtaining?
They’ll have cap room to sign two max players. They could try to add another young guy or two to their core, such as restricted free agents John Wall, Derrick Favors, Paul George, Larry Sanders, DeMarcus Cousins, etc. Or, they could try to add a veteran or two who can take their young team to the next level (think David West with the Indiana Pacers). They’ll have a lot of options. That’s going to be a big summer for Orlando, between free agency and the draft (which will likely include Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, etc.).
should magic go for bpa or is a certain position seen as a need in the draft?
Best player available. Right now, they’re collecting assets. If you aren’t going to be competitive in the near future, you go with the best player available and load up on young, talented players.
What do you think of this trade? Bucks send Monta Ellis in sign & trade to Pacers for Danny Granger. Pacers get offensive minded 2 guard in Monta, Bucks get quality 3 in Granger. Who says Nada?
I don’t think the Bucks would be willing to take back Granger’s contract, especially with his recent injuries.
Three questions relating to the future of the Orlando Magic. I’m not going to speculate on Hennigan’s draft approach, because I know they plan to keep it a secret and I trust his eye for talent that they’ll make a solid decision. These questions relate to their current roster.
(1) With Harris and Nicholson showing youthful promise at the PF position, do you see them putting Glen Davis on the trading block either around the draft, during the off season, or before the trade deadline? If so, what teams may be in the market for his services and at what price?
(2) Clearly Harkless needs to work on his outside shooting this summer. Do you think he’s fast enough and capable of improving his shot enough to potentially play the SG position? Wondering in case they luck into Wiggins or Parker next season, or decide Harris is better positioned as a SF. Of course, this also assumes Afflalo will be gone in a year or two, which I understand is completely hypothetical. Nonetheless, being able to start Harkless at the 2 gives them more options.
(3) I love Andrew Nicholson’s game. It’s very old school and his foot work is fun to watch. Clearly he lost a lot of playing time once Tobias Harris come along in February. Sometimes he wouldn’t make it off the bench until garbage time. Does Vaughn think he’s that much of a liability on the defensive end or did they see enough in the first part of the season and were just trying to spread the minutes? Does he project to be a starter in this league or just a solid rotation guy?
1) Glen Davis doesn’t seem to be a part of the team’s long-term plan. They tried to include him in J.J. Redick trade discussions before this year’s trade deadline, but couldn’t find a deal that they liked. The Magic will shop him, but I’m not sure if they’ll be able to find a taker. He’s still owed $6.4 million next season and $6.6 million the year after that. That could make him difficult to trade.
2) I’ve wondered this as well. That would definitely help the Magic. I’ll be spending some time with him this summer as he trains at IMG in Bradenton. I’ll talk to him about it and let you know what aspects of his game he’s working on. If he can make the move over to shooting guard, that definitely helps the Magic going forward, as you said.
3) I think they were trying to spread the minutes around. When Nicholson played, he did well. I was surprised he didn’t play more earlier in the season. I wouldn’t read into his decrease in playing time. I think the organization likes him a lot and sees him as part of the team’s future.
While I can’t say I’m satisfied with this season as a Lakers fan, I feel some pundits are being too harsh. As bad as the effort was sometimes, I’d honestly blame over 50% (around 55%) of the struggles on literally getting DECIMATED on injuries. How many other teams can say their starting PG (also a top 4 player on team) only played 50 games, his back up only played 44 (who’s been arguably the Lakers best bench player) and had to play our 3rd and 4th string PG for about 2 months.
Plus had their 2nd best player be hampered by back surgery until there were about 30 games left. (Howard honestly was not even a top 10 center first half of year)
Plus our 3rd best player Gasol was either battling injuries or injured for majority of the year, not to mention he started off in a slump.
Lastly, the starting lineup played like 5% of the season together. Worse, our core rotation never stayed healthy together for more than a week at time.
So I think Lakers deserve some credit for overcoming literally debilitating injuries. I’ve honestly never seen a team so injured. Even the Twolves were more fortunate.
In case that was too long, just a reminder the question was at the top
You’re right, injuries did a play a huge part in the Lakers’ struggles. However, questionable decisions also contributed to the awful season.
Firing Mike Brown so early in the season was a head-scratcher. In that situation, you either fire the coach over the summer or give him more time. Firing Brown after five games means that the Lakers wasted their offseason program, training camp and preseason because they learned to play for Brown and then just after they won their first game, they brought in a new head coach and had to completely change the way they played. The timing of that was horrible. Also, the decision to hire Mike D’Antoni was questionable as well. Other poor decisions included benching Pau Gasol, throwing Dwight Howard under the bus when he was cleared to play but obviously still hurting, and playing Kobe Bryant so many minutes throughout the year.
The reason the pundits have been so harsh is because expectations were so high for this team. Entering the year, there was talk that they could break the single-season record for wins. They were supposed to dominate and easily win the championship. Instead, they made the playoffs as one of the final seeds in the West on the final day of the regular season. They underachieved more than any professional sports team in recent memory.
If the Magic land the 1st pick in this years draft can they get the 1st overall next year? or is there a rule that you cant get it consecutive seasons?
You can win the lottery in consecutive seasons. You just have to suck for a second year in a row.
For the first time in years I legitimately have no idea who will win not one but 2 awards:
Coach of the year and MIP.
For COY I’m thinking Spo or Karl and for MIP I like Paul George, Vasquez or Nikola V,( can’t decide how much is opportunity vs improvement
Who are your votes?
I would give Coach of the Year to Erik Spoelstra. I was undecided until the 27-game winning streak. That earned him my vote.
I would give Most Improved Player to James Harden or Paul George. I do agree that Greivis Vazquez and Nikola Vucevic are candidates though. Larry Sanders is in the mix as well. All of those players made huge strides this season.
Chances that the Pacers pursue OJ Mayo? Personally I think Stephenson can be just as good and better defensively.
I think that ship has sailed. Also, I doubt the Pacers will have the cap space. Mayo is looking for a lucrative, long-term deal.
Does an All-Star emerge out of the young pieces in Orlando? I can see Harris being a very good role player and the team hinging on the improvements of Vucevic and Harkless to be that All-Star? Kinda like Hibbert and George in Indy.
It’s possible. All of those guys have a lot of potential. Honestly, I think it’s too early to say. I’m not ruling it out, but we have to see how they continue to improve and develop over the next few years.
Who do you believe Detroit should target in free-agency?
I think O.J. Mayo would make a lot of sense in Detroit.
As I said last week, sign Mayo and draft Victor Oladipo and the Pistons’ young core starts to look pretty scary.
At first I felt bad for Byron Scott,, then I remebered the cavs had more losses when leading by 20 than the rest of the league and possibly the world and couldnt defend a high school team. Who is The best coaching candidate for them? Also do you think it would be smart to try n get a guy like al horford by giving up a few of there many draft picks. It’s clear they need some kind of veteran.
Excellent point. He had also lost the locker room. Kyrie Irving went from openly supporting Byron Scott to refusing to say he would be disappointed if Scott was fired. That was pretty telling. Tristan Thompson supported him until the end, but it sounds like he was the minority.
The Cavaliers are going to pursue every big-name coach and hope they can land one. Phil Jackson and Stan Van Gundy have already come up as potential candidates, but I doubt they’ll be interested. Mike Brown has been mentioned as well. Honestly, I like the idea of going with David Fizdale or Mike Malone. Both of those guys are excellent up-and-coming coaches and they each have ties to LeBron James, which keeps that dream alive.
Thanks for your article on my Blazers yesterday!
If the blazers strike out on Pekovic, what do you think about Tiago Splitter playing next to LA? Do you think the signing of Pekovic/Splitter and JJ Reddick would make the Blazers a playoff contender next season? They should have a high draft so they could possibly do a sign and trade.
Tiago Splitter is a nice back-up plan. However, the problem is that he’s a restricted free agent. The Spurs really like him and I can’t imagine them letting him go, especially with the rest of their frontcourt in their 30s (Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner and Boris Diaw). With that said, there’s always the poison pill offer. Around this time last year, I didn’t think the Bulls would let Omer Asik go, but we all know how that played out.
If the Blazers can add those pieces, they would definitely be a playoff contender. I love what the Blazers are doing. Neil Olshey has done a fantastic job and they have a bright future.
Other than the inexpensive Junkyard Dog and probably Foye, do you see any of the Jazz FAs coming back?
Will the Jazz spend all that cap space this year or go short term, back up vets, using it in the next year?
Your thoughts on Corbin’s use of minutes for the Core4 and their development.
It doesn’t sound like any of the others are coming back. I’ll have much more on the Jazz this Tuesday in the NBA PM. I’m writing an article about what’s next for the team. It’ll include updates on their free agents, who they’ll target this summer and much more behind the scenes info.
With former coaches in various sports having major recruiting violations or indiscretions (marital) that led to their removal but eventually came back into coaching, where do you see Mike Rice Jr. in say 5-10 yrs. Says the right things, takes classes and back in the business or should he start looking into a new career field as he no college or high school would even let him be a JV coach?
There’s a seventh grade girls AAU team in New Jersey that is letting him coach as we speak, and the parents are fine with it, so it sounds like he’ll be back on the sidelines sooner than he should be.
Should I feel weird as a Magic fan that I find this year successful?
Which veterans do you still see on the team next year? Hard to imagine Nelson in a different jersey.
It feels successful because a lot of players exceeded expectations and showed that they have tremendous upside. If you’re going to finish with the worst record in the NBA, this is the way to do it. Play all of your young guys and realize that you have a few potential franchise cornerstones on the roster. Then, get a top pick and add him to the young core. All season long, I said that this was the Magic’s goal. Now, here we are.
Will the magic get rid of big baby and Jameer? Do you think they could be useful to help train some of the youngsters in Orlando? Also what do you think of Vucevic, Harris, and Harkless? Are they future all-stars?
They’ll try to get rid of Big Baby, but I think they want to keep Jameer around because he’s excellent in the locker room. He’s the kind of veteran presence you want to have around these young guys.
What players do you think the jazz draft in june
Trey Burke or Michael Carter-Williams would make a lot of sense. If they’re gone, maybe C.J. McCollum.
Was Quentin Richardson signed for the sole purpose of getting under Paul Pierce’s skin? because lets face it he literally does NOTHING else.
He was signed to provide defense, veteran leadership and another body. But yes, his history with Paul Pierce and LeBron James likely helped. I talked to QRich on the phone yesterday and I’ll post my interview with him tomorrow morning. Check it out.
Thanks for the all of the questions! Have a great weekend and enjoy the opening playoff games.
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