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Orlando Magic Sign Brandon Bass; Matt Barnes, Theo Ratliff Potentially Next

As first reported by's David Aldridge, the Orlando Magic have signed free-agent power forward/center Brandon Bass, formerly of the Dallas Mavericks. The deal is worth $18 million over 4 years.

Additionally, a well-connected source informs me that swingman Matt Barnes and center Theo Ratliff are the Magic's next targets. The source said the Magic assured Barnes that they wanted to get Bass first, before turning their full attention to him.

The 6'08", 240-pound Bass, 23, is a four-year veteran, spending the first two years of his career with New Orleans before moving on to Dallas. He may get an opportunity to start at power forward for the Magic, despite having played more than two-thirds of his minutes at center last season.

Bass has career averages of 6.9 points and 3.9 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game, shooting 48.5% from the field, with a Player Efficiency Rating of 15.2.

More analysis at 3QC later today and during the weekend.