A few very late news bullets on the eve of the Orlando Magic's highly anticipated matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before reading the bullets, though, check out our interview with Bradford Doolittle:
Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld says, according to "an unconfirmed rumor," the Magic are gauging other teams' interest in Keith Bogans, hoping for a power forward in return. The rumor says the Magic have specifically discussed obtaining Eduardo Najera from the New Jersey Nets. I'm utterly confused, because the Nets already have about 89 swingmen on their roster, and Najera isn't that great a player anyway. One reason the Nets might want to dump him, though, is his contract: they owe him $12 million over the next four seasons, although only this season and next are fully guaranteed. Here's what the rumored trade looks like when run through ESPN.com's Trade Machine.
I have no way of knowing if this rumor is true, but I suspect that Najera might be the best the Magic can hope for in return for Bogans, whose trade value has plummeted of late. (Hat tip: Denton's board)
Kyle Hightower of the Orlando Sentinel reports that ESPN has shuffled its schedule in order to broadcast two more Magic games: their February 18th game at New Orleans will be in prime-time, as will their February 27th game against Detroit. In case you missed it, here's our interview with Mr. Hightower from two weeks ago.
Man, I am in shameless plug mode tonight.
Brian Schmitz poses a tough question:
You're the GM.
You are starting a franchise and you can have your pick of superstar players.
Remember you are building a championship team: Do you pick LeBron James or Dwight Howard?
I'd go with LeBron, simply because he's the best player on the planet. Then again, last year I said Dwight. You can't really go wrong.