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Orlando Magic News for September 14th: Another Magic Grade, Otis Smith Answers Fans, and More

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  • NBA offseason: Grading the Eastern Conference - ESPN

    Chad Ford of ESPN Insider is the latest NBA expert to weigh in on the Orlando Magic's offseason moves, the most prominent of which were adding Chris Duhon and Quentin Richardson. But Orlando earns a C- from Ford because they "basically stood pat," a "surprising" tactic after the Magic didn't even return to the NBA Finals. Only three Eastern teams fared worse this summer, according to Ford.

    For what it's worth, David Aldridge's rankings at NBA.com nearly two months ago were similar.

  • MAGIC: Ask Otis: September 14, 2010

    Otis Smith, the Magic's President of Basketball Operations, answers fan questions in this feature on the team's official website. Here's one particularly interesting response which goes nicely with this morning's feature on the starting small forward job:

    I’ve envisioned [Mickael Pietrus] in the starting lineup since he got here. But he doesn’t envision himself there. He would prefer to be a backup for whatever reason.

    I'm certain to refer back to Smith's responses as the Camp Countdown series continues.