Originally posted by kazuki:Are they better now they have Hill and T'Mac on their side. Do you think they can make it to the playoffs?
from The Sporting News:
The latest transaction in Magic GM John Gabriel's non-stop roster manipulations should not be read as Bo Outlaw-for-Jud Buechler.
It should be read as Bo Outlaw-for-Tim Duncan. Or more accurately: Bo Outlaw-for-a chance at Tim Duncan.
The Magic sent Outlaw to Phoenix for one reason: they wanted out of the $6 million a year contract that has three seasons left on it after this one.
More precisely, they want fewer financial commitments in the summer of 2003 when Duncan goes back on the market as a free agent. The Magic were seriously close to signing him in the summer of 2000, but lost out to David Robinson and San Antonio at the final hour.
Now they are financially prepared to take another shot. Trading Outlaw gives them a chance to get between $13 million and $16 million under the projected salary cap for the summer of 2003. That should be enough incentive to lure Duncan, if he so chooses.