Mark Cuban has beaten the Orlando Magic. Marcin Gortat signed with the Magic in this crazy NBA off season. The NBA allows other teams to play poker with restricted free agents. The current team has to call the "bluff" or "call" and get stuck with the player for an inflated price. I think ESPN should show this on Tuesday nights in the off season instead of the World Series of Poker. (Another lame tape delayed program by ESPN.)
Gortat signed a 5yr. $34 million contract, for a backup center!!!!! Gortat played good in the playoffs, but this does not warrant a lottery ticket like this. As a Magic fan I hope I am wrong on this but I have to go with the facts. First his contract. He will make$5.8 million this year and it progresses up to 2014 when he will make $7.7 million that year. Oh and he is the only player currently signed for the 2013/2014 season. Is he the cornerstone of this franchise? Now we have options with his contract, if he improves than great but it will not be a bargain anymore. We can trade him, but he has to establish himself as a starter first to make it worth any ones while.
Gortat is inexperienced, doesn't play much and usually in mop up work. He played in 63 games, started 3. Averaged 12.6 minutes per game, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 points per. WOW great stats. He will make $5.8 million this year. I bet I could pay Andrew DeClerq half that and he could produce those stats. Kendrick Perkins with the Celtics, who will now be the back up center, will make $4.3 million this year and Played in 76 games, started 76 games. Averaged 29.6 minutes per game, 8.1 rebounds and 8.5 points per. Looks good, and a good value.
So as we prepare for the 2010 season I hope I am wrong and I hope D. Howard stays fresh all year, we should be confident in our backup to rest Howard alot this year. The Magic were very aggressive this off season which is risky but fun to watch, but I think this is very risky. We shall see....GO MAGIC!!!!