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Just winners, Raptors vs Magic perspective

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

When you read the following article:

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Magic match Bulls’ offer sheet to retain Redick

The decision drives the Magic deeper into the luxury tax and gives them one of the NBA’s highest payrolls at about $93 million next season. The move keeps Orlando’s roster mostly intact as the Magic hope continuity will overcome Miami’s All-Star trio and Boston’s Big Three in the Eastern Conference.

“When it came down to it, when we’re talking about what we’re trying to do here, it came down for me to pedigree, DNA, things that most people don’t think about,” Orlando general manager Otis Smith said. “It was less about the money for me, being the basketball guy, and more about keeping a guy around that we’ve had in our organization for the past four years.”

The decision was ultimately made by ownership.

Because Redick was a restricted free agent, Orlando had seven days to match the contract. Billionaire owner Rich DeVos and team president Bob Vander Weide took all seven days to make the move that nearly doubles Redick’s salary from last season.

Teams have to pay a dollar for every dollar they are over the luxury tax, which the league set at $70.3 million for next season. The tax hit is based on the roster at the end of the season, meaning it’s likely the Magic could make trades before then to lessen the financial burden.

Orlando should find relief in a new downtown arena that opens this year and creates new revenue streams. Smith also believes a roster that remains one of the deepest in the league is attractive for potential moves and doesn’t mortgage the Magic’s future.

“The fact that we have players that other teams want makes you pretty flexible,” Smith said. “Is it possible to give out contracts and move a little bit less money? Sure. My thing is you don’t want to take a step back with talent.”

At the very least, keeping Redick assures that.

The former Duke standout was the 11th overall pick in the 2006 draft. He struggled early in his NBA career but has become a significant contributor for the Magic.

So much so that Smith decided that Redick and recently signed small forward Quentin Richardson(notes) had more value than Matt Barnes(notes), who became a free agent after one season with Orlando. Smith said he never offered Barnes a deal and all but ruled out the small forward returning next season.

“It really came down to out of those three, which of the two do we bring in?” Smith said. “We like what Matt brought to the table, but sometimes you have to make decisions that’s best for your club long-term.”

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and, are then made aware of the following information:

EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS

2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010

TRANSACTIONS

Orlando vs Toronto

Isolating the performances of the Raptors and the Magic:

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Season

Toronto Raptors

Orlando Magic

W-L

W%

Div

Conf

W-L

W%

Div

Conf

2003-2004

33-49

.402

6th

10th

21-61

.256

7th

15th

2004-2005

33-49

.402

4th

11th

36-46

.439

3rd

10th

2005-2006

27-55

.329

4th

12th

36-46

.439

3rd

10th

2006-2007

47-35

.573

1st

3rd

40-42

.488

3rd

8th

2007-2008

41-41

.500

2nd

6th

52-30

.634

1st

3rd

2008-2009

33-49

.402

4th

13th

59-23

.720

1st

3rd

2009-2010

40-42

.488

2nd

9th

59-23

.720

1st

2nd

2010-2011

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what you should be able to see is that both of these respective franchises have, in FACT, had a legitimate opportunity to build a first-class operation … starting from a lower tier position in the league 7 seasons ago; and, which has included the hiring of a new GM, along the way … focused on being able to compete for a NBA championship in the not-to-distant future.

To this point, however, only one has made significant head-way … and, a key question going forward for the other, then, becomes:

How many of the players expected to be on their roster next season actually fit into the “Just Winners” category, based upon their experience in the game, thus far?

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

Jose

Calderon

DeMar

DeRozan

Linas

Kleiza-?

Amir

Johnson

Andrea

Bargnani

Jarrett

Jack

Leandro

Barbosa

Sonny

Weems

Ed

Davis

Solomon

Alabi

Marcus

Banks

Marco

Belinelli

Reggie

Evans [PF]

Joey

Dorsey

Dwayne

Jones

Unfortunately for the Raptors, the correct answer, according to these eyes, is … quite possibly … as few as 3.