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News » Orlando Magic Notes, Quotes 2009-07-10

Orlando Magic Notes, Quotes 2009-07-10

Orlando Magic Notes, Quotes 2009-07-10
--The Magic obtained a $9 million trade exception from Toronto when they agreed to do a sign-and-trade that sent Hedo Turkoglu to the Raptors. Although general manager Otis Smith would not elaborate on his plans to use it, the exception gives him added flexibility as the team moves forward. He has a year to use it. A trade exception would allow him to trade a $2 million player and get an $11 million player in return by using the exception.

--Magic general manager Otis Smith has been sending mixed signals on whether he will match the qualifying offer that Dallas gave to Marcin Gortat (five years, $34 million). At first he said he would not pay that kind of money for a backup center/forward, but a day after he received the offer, he hinted that he might match the offer and keep him. "I'll wait as long as I can before I make that call," said Smith, who must notify the league by July 15 of his intent.

--This will be the first year in which the Magic likely will pay the luxury tax. In the past they always avoided it, but by trading for Vince Carter and filling out the rest of the roster, the payroll is expected to be almost $10 million over the $69.9 million threshold.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's a perfect fit for the way we play." -- Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, on newly-acquired Ryan Anderson.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 10, 2009


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