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Remember that bench we thought was weak post-Carter trade? “Despite advancing all the way to the NBA Finals last season, the Orlando Magic have been one of the most active teams of the summer, staring the luxury tax in the face while pulling off a blockbuster trade (Vince Carter) and fearlessly investing in youth (Brandon Bass and Marcin Gortat). On Monday, the team solidified its depth, coming to terms on a two-year deal with the versatile Matt Barnes, who’s coming off a career season with the Phoenix Suns. [...] It’s not yet clear how much Barnes will make, but the Magic did have roughly $1.9 million of their midlevel exception remaining.” [Matt Watson/NBA FanHouse]
The land of Grinders: “[Danny] Ferry’s moves seem to be based on a philosophy that actively strives for the opposite of giving a rookie a 10-year guaranteed contract. The lessons Ferry learned being a grinder in the league instead of a superstar were tough, but might be the ones that ultimately guide him to building a championship team. Meanwhile, Isiah Thomas, Larry Bird, and Kevin McHale have all failed.” [John Krolik/Cavs the Blog]
Finally, the Cavaliers say “so long” to Ticketmaster. [Peter Krouse/Cleveland.com]
My car’s speedometer goes up to 160 MPH! “Whenever someone remarks about a quarterback’s arm strength, I’m reminded of former NFL QB Drew Bledsoe’s comments, where he astutely pointed out that it is rare for a QB to actually throw the ball more than 30 yards on a given play. Of course, this is assuming the QB is not receiving owner’s box directives from Al Davis. If you adhere to this theory, ask yourself: how strong an arm does an NFL quarterback actually need? Certainly, the ability to throw an effective 15 yard out route is more important than having the physical strength to heave a ball 60 yards downfield.” [Cleveland Reboot]
And finally, AL Central Roundtable from Jay/Let’s Go Tribe and Company [Let's Go Tribe]