Like most of you, I was disappointed that the season ended in the first round. Props to Atlanta, they had a gameplan(no matter how in-efficient it looked) and they stuck with it. So how can the Magic improve?
The Magic will start next season with a $76 million payroll which will be number 2 behind the Lakers. The new CBA will change how teams can sign free agents but we won't know the structure of it for a while. Let's assume the rules will stay the same and teams will have a mid-level exception (5.7 in 2011), the bi-annual exception (2.08 in 2011), and minimum salary exception(800k) to sign free agents. After the jump a list of potential free agents and some stats to see which ones would be a good fit in Orlando.
Key:PO=Player Option,QO=Qualifying offer(usually guys still on their rookie deals), UFA=unrestricted free agent
|Andre Kirilenko||17 mil||UFA|
|Kenyon Martin||16 mil||UFA|
|Tayshaun Prince||11 mil||UFA|
|Troy Murhpy||11 mil||UFA|
|Caron Butler||10 mil||UFA|
|Boris Diaw||9 mil||PO|
|Shane Battier||7 mil||UFA|
|Vlad Radmanovic||6.8 mil||UFA|
|Jared Jeffries||6.8 mil||UFA|
|Reggie Evans||5 mil||UFA|
|Darius Songaila||4.8 mil||UFA|
|Yi Jianlian||4 mil||QO|
|Julian Wright||3.9 mil||QO|
|Kris Humphries||3 mil||UFA|
|Brandon Wright||3 mil||QO|
|Carl Landry||3 mil||UFA|
|Josh Howard||3 mil||UFA|
|Craig Smith||2.3 mil||UFA|
|James Jones||1.1 mil||PO|
|Earl Clark||1.8 mil||UFA|
|Mike Redd||18 mil||UFA||Sam Dalembert||13 mil||UFA|
|Jason Richardson||14 mil||UFA||Joel Przybilla||7.7 mil||UFA|
|Mike Dunleavy||10 mil||UFA||Dan Gadzuric||7 mil||UFA|
|Jamal Crawford||10 mil||UFA||Jeff Foster||6.6 mil||UFA|
|JR Smith||6 mil||UFA||Nazr Mohammed||6 mil||UFA|
|Jason Kapono||6 mil||UFA||Ronny Turiaf||4 mil||PO|
|Sasha Vujacic||5.4 mil||UFA||Chris Wilcox||3 mil||UFA|
|Deshawn Stevenson||4.1 mil||UFA||David Anderson||2.5 mil||QO|
|Willie Green||3.9 mil||UFA||Ryan Hollins||2.4 mil||PO|
|Anthony Parker||2.8 mil||UFA||Louis Amundson||2.2 mil||PO|
|JJ Barea||1.8 mil||UFA||Hamed Haddadi||2 mil||QO|
|Roger Mason||1.4 mil||UFA||Chuck Hayes||1.9 mil||UFA|
|Quinton Ross||1.1 mil||UFA||Kurt Thomas||1.8 mil||UFA|
|Anthony Carter||854,000||UFA||Solomon Jones||1.5 mil||UFA|
|Marquis Daniels||854,000||UFA||Alexis Ajinca||1.4 mil||UFA|
|TMAC||854,000||UFA||Krylo Fesenko||1 mil||UFA|
|Luc Mbah a Moute||854,000||QO||Josh Powell||854,000||UFA|
|Delonte West||854,000||UFA||Hilton Armstrong||854,000||UFA|
|Reggie Williams||762,000||QO||Kwame Brown||854,000||UFA|
The players I highlighted are the players I believe the Magic should target in Free Agency. The Magic don't have much to work with so here are my reasons for highlighting these players:
Jeff Foster-6th in the league in Total Rebound Rate (at least 10 min a game, 40 games played) at 20.7. Although he will be 35 next January, I think he can be signed for half of the mid-level.
Ghostface Przybilla-Pretty good rebound rate at 17.1, a legit 7 footer, and he is 32 years old. Although he may be more expensive than Foster because centers get paid. Also has a great nickname.
Nazr Mohammed-Always known as a good defender, rebounds well at 17.2 rebound rate. Will start the season at 34 years old. Maybe a little less than the full mid-level.
Mike Dunleavy-I believe JJ should start and Dunleavy should be the backup SG. At 6'9, would create a new taller lineup. Shot 40% from 3, 56% eFG% which was good for 6th in league among swingmen with 40 games and 15 min a game. Maybe a little less than the full mid-level.
James Jones-#1 in league in eFG% at 60% and shot 42% from 3. Miami will probably re-sign him at a larger contract but if not, he will be sought after by many teams. Would be a good role player for the team.
Vlad Rad-OK, hear me out. I know he is known as the space cadet for his bball un-awareness, but the guy has some skills. He shot 40% from 3, had an eFG of 54%, and is 6'10. If we can get him for 2-3 mil a year for 2 years, I think that's reasonable.
Earl Clark-Ryan Anderson is our best trade asset and I think Clark can be a capable backup next year. Just has so much potential for a big guy. Since he has not done anything in the league yet, he should not be too expensive to re-sign.
Mbah a Moute-Great perimeter defender but a horrible shooter for the SVG system. But has Pietrus type length to bother shooters and I don't think would command a lot of money in the market
Delonte West-Tenacious, crazy, friend of Jameer's, decent shooter, can play the point. Love his versatility, question whats upstairs. He plays with an edge I feel this team was missing this year.
Obviously, there are better players on the market (Battier, Crawford, Dalembert) but I think they will be more expensive than the guys I listed. My top 2 choices would be Przybilla and Dunleavy. Of course, the CBA may not even have a mid -level or DeVos may not to want to add any more new salaries. All ideas/comments welcome. This post is focused on free agency, the next one is going to be a trade targets.