We all have been worried, concerned, stressed, captivated, whatever by this week. I honestly feel Dwight's days are numbered. To me the best option is now to trade with the Lakers. Lakers can use their Vujacic TPE to acquire Chris Duhon or Q Richardson and John Hollinger suggests that the Lakers could use their brand new Odom TPE to absorb Jameer Nelson. Not sure I would trade the "Heart and Soul" of the team on top of it's best player in one trade. Most Magic fans, not me, would seem to love to trade Jameer Nelson. At least Orlando would get a bunch of TPE to use to try and get another PG, unless Larry Hughes resurrects his career(HA!).
Now, as far Jason Richardson, I think it is a pretty good cap friendly contract. If the Magic are indeed moving Turk, which seems likely, John Hollinger suggests that Orlando should move Jason Richardson to the 3. Says he is a little oversized at the 3 and that there would be slim to none affect on his game moving to the 3. Thus JJ would be starting at the 2. I believe he has earned it. He moves the ball, not as far as assists but in team ball movement, great. He competes defensively. Yes I understand Wade is going to kill him, but tell me who Wade doesn't kill. Should the Magic get Bynum they would still have an excellent anchor, though obviously not Howard, and Redick should still be able to funnel them to a great defensive player.
Should the Magic get three first round picks, players I would not mind seeing draft and who could slip to Orlando would be Austin Rivers/ Terrance Ross out of Washington at the 2, Meyers Leonard at center and Kendall Marshall at the point. My guess is that the Magic would have three picks somewhere in the 18-30 range. Austin Rivers is local kid who would basically become Orlando's Kevin Martin. Terrance Ross is a little bit bigger and from what I read a better defender. Still the "local kid" thing worked for Chicago and Cleveland, LeBron gave them 7 great years that they will probably never see again, so why not work for Orlando. Meyers is long, athletic, and great defender. And Kendall Marshall has the best court vision in college basketball. A "pure" point which is something Orlando fans have been clamoring for.
Tough time to be a Magic fan, but if Otis can make the good trades(highly unlikely but you never know) Magic should be fine post Dwight Howard.
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