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.
WHAT J.J HAD TO SAY: Never one to shy away from tough questions, J.J. Redick hopped on the David Baumann radio show on 1080 AM on Tuesday morning to talk about a number of topics, ranging from the Dwight Howard situation to his message to Magic fans.
Here are a few of his top quotes:
On Howard: "If we have Dwight Howard, we have a chance to win a championship. He's that good at his position."
On leadership: "I look at myself as a leader by example. Words are often empty."
His message to Magic fans: “Be patient. We thank you so much for your patience and support. Eventually there will be a world championship in Orlando.”
ANOTHER DAY OF DWIGHT: While there were a lot of exciting storylines during Day 2 of Summer League action, once again the Magic’s six-time All-Star center dominated the headlines.
After multiple reports suggested on Monday that the Magic were nearing a deal with Nets, ESPN’s Ric Bucher wrote on Tuesday that Orlando has “reopened negotiations with teams other than Brooklyn.”
While opinions on this subject vary, my take is that the Magic have never closed off bidding on the three-time Defensive Player of the Year and are still trying to lock down a deal that serves all of the organization’s interests.
In any Howard trade, the Magic would like to be able to create salary-cap space, acquire draft picks and also obtain a player (or players) who the franchise views as a current or future asset.
Obviously, Orlando would prefer to have Howard sign a long-term deal, but if that's not possible, it will resort to dealing D12.
BEATING HIS DRUM: It’s no secret that Andre Drummond has the physical skills to succeed in this league. After all, that’s why the Detroit Pistons made him the ninth overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft.
However, even Detroit has been amazed with the natural tools their 6’10, 270 lb center has been blessed with.
While people around their organization are hesitant to call him a future perennial All-Star, most believe he has the potential to be regarded as the best defensive center in the league at some point his playing career. His ceiling could be even higher should he put in the work and truly apply himself to improving his offensive game.
CHECK BACK THROUGHOUT THE DAY FOR MORE RUMORS AND NOTES...