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At this morning's news conference announcing contract extensions for Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy, president of basketball operations Otis Smith, and team president Alex Martins, Smith said he expects to fill the team's need for a third-string point guard "by week's end," reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. Smith may have a new title, but he's still effectively the team's general manager, so the call is still his to make. In keeping with his tune all summer long, he maintained that he'd like to have Jason Williams, last year's second-stringer and spot-starter, back this year.
Williams averaged 6 points and 3.6 assists for the Magic last year, and recorded career-best accuracy from the field (44.4%) and beyond the arc (38.0%). The Magic signed Chris Duhon to take over as Jameer Nelson's backup, however, leaving only spot minutes open at that position.
Additionally, Smith is also looking at two unspecified younger players to fill the position. Robbins believes Smith may have been referring to Travis Diener and Chris Quinn. Last week, I made a case for Quinn due to his outside shot and playmaking skill.
Alex Kennedy reported, via Twitter, last week that the Magic are also interested in Acie Law.