Each day during the 2012 AirTran Airways Orlando Pro Summer League, OrlandoMagic.com’s Dan Savage will provide you with some insight and rumors surrounding the Magic and the rest of the league.
TOP PERFORMERS: After four days of action at the 2012 AirTran Airways Orlando Pro Summer League, front office personnel already have a good idea of which players can be effective at the NBA level.
One player personnel director for an opposing NBA team gave us a glimpse at his All Summer League squad through Thursday’s games:
Lance Stephenson (Pacers)
Reggie Jackson (Thunder)
Brandon Knight (Pistons)
Alec Burks (Jazz)
Garrett Temple (Thunder)
Dionte Christmas (Celtics)
Justin Holiday (Sixers)
Tornike Shengelia (Nets)
Andrew Nicholson (Magic)
Al Thornton (Nets)
Austin Daye (Pistons)
Miles Plumlee (Pacers)
Kyle O’Quinn (Magic)
HENNIGAN ON HOWARD: No rumors and notes section would be complete without the latest update on the Dwight Howard situation.
Magic GM Rob Hennigan briefly spoke to reporters on Thursday about his talks regarding the six-time All-Star center.
Here are some of the highlights:
On if Houston deciding to amnesty Luis Scola would have an impact on a potential trade: "I don’t think (it makes a trade more likely) to any degree. I don’t think there’s a correlation."
On today’s talks: “We’ve had talks with a few teams, but nothing specific. It’s been pretty quiet today.”
When asked if he had been informed that D12 still wanted a trade: "That’s not necessarily true.’’
When asked if any trade was imminent: “Dinner is imminent.”
FAREWELL RYAN: The Magic definitely had an interest in retaining Ryan Anderson, but at the end of the day he came at too high of a price.
While Orlando loved Anderson’s deep shot, offensive rebounding and work ethic, they needed to maintain some salary-cap flexibility in the wake of Dwight Howard’s trade demand, which could lead to an eventual rebuilding process.
As a result, the Magic completed a sign-and-trade deal with the Hornets that sent Anderson and his reported four-year $36 million dollar salary in exchange for Gustavo Ayon.
Anderson stopped by Amway Center on Thursday to share his farewells with a number of people in Orlando.
He expressed his excitement for the upcoming opportunity to play in New Orleans, but still wishes he could have worked out a long-term deal with the Magic.