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News » Orlando Magic Notes, Quotes 2009-07-25

Orlando Magic Notes, Quotes 2009-07-25

Orlando Magic Notes, Quotes 2009-07-25
--By signing F Brandon Bass away from the Dallas Mavericks, the Magic likely will play a more conventional style of basketball than they did last season. They reached the Finals by using Rashard Lewis at power forward, even though he is better suited to be at small forward. Although Lewis was not a good rebounder, he was an outstanding three-point shooter. Bass is expected to give considerably more help to C Dwight Howard when it comes to rebounding and defense around the basket.

--The Magic surprised many by bringing back backup C Marcin Gortat. A restricted free agent, Gortat received a five-year, $34 million offer sheet from Dallas and the Magic matched it to keep him. As a backup to Dwight Howard, Gortat likely will play only 10-12 minutes nightly, although he also could play alongside Howard in a Twin Towers lineup. More likely is that the Magic will trade him midway in the season. Teams matching offer sheets for restricted free agents must wait at least 90 days to trade that player.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm a lucky man." -- Free agent F Brandon Bass, after signing with the Magic.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 25, 2009


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