NBA AM: The Stoudemire Curve Ball
Steve Kyler of Hoopsworld has the latest on the Orlando Magic's trading front. As he explains, the Magic are unlikely to make a deal.
Sources close to the situation say Magic GM Otis Smith has shopped the league, heard what other teams have to offer, and there is nothing out there to make the Magic better today or tomorrow worth breaking up the team for.
Kyler concludes that the Magic will be "value shoppers," meaning it will make a move if the right thing falls into its lap. But those chances are slim.
Nelson and Pietrus both practiced Thursday
Good news from Josh Robbins, who reports Orlando should have its full complement of players available tomorrow night.
Both Jameer Nelson (left knee) and Mickael Pietrus (right ankle) practiced Thursday with their Orlando Magic teammates and seem on track to play when the team hosts the Washington Wizards tomorrow night.
"They both practiced full out today," Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said. "So, unless [there's] a bad reaction tomorrow or something we should be OK."
Denton: Bass Remains Hard at Work
John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com catches up with Brandon Bass, who's struggled to earn minutes with the Magic since signing with them last summer, but not for a lack of effort. Bass averaged 23.4 minutes per game during Rashard Lewis' 10-game suspension, but just 8.5 since Lewis' return, while tallying 20 DNP-Coach's Decisions.
The Magic made an offseason splash in signing power forward Brandon Bass, but he can't get off the bench this season.
UPDATE (from Eddy): Brian Schmitz has more on Bass, including thoughts from his agent, Tony Dutt, and general manager Otis Smith.
This Isn't What Magic's Bass Expected
UPDATE 2 (from Eddy): Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse chimes in, too.
NBA trade season: Top 20 players most likely to be dealt
Chad Ford of ESPN Insider takes a league-wide look at trading possibilities, and his piece seems to confirm Orlando's lack of interest in making a deal. He doesn't mention the Magic or any of their players in the piece.
NBA HD: A Closer Look At Shot Locations
Tom Haberstroh, who runs Hoopdata.com, debuts his NBA HD column on Hardwood Paroxysm.
My New adidas Commercial "The Game Changer"
Also debuting: Dwight Howard's latest adidas commercial. It's not as good as last year's FreeDarko collaboration, but still pretty killer.