The Orlando Magic announced today they have signed Michael Bradley to a contract. Bradley has a lot of potential, but nothing right now to get too excited over. Fills another power forward spot.
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Excellent trade in my mind. Drew Gooden was a waste last year. On numerous occassions he would not stand during player introductions with the rest of the team. Along with Tracy McGrady and Donnell Harvey, this is just another distraction moved to another team. We also gave up our draft rights to Anderson Varejao. Steven Hunter was signed to a contract and included to make the trade work.
In return, we get a solid veteran in Tony Battie. Battie is known for his locker room presence and should provide a good role model for Dwight Gooden. Depending on Howard's progress, look for Battie to start at the beginning of the season.
The Magic acquired Hedo Turkoglu today. I know we wanted to sign another big man, but I think the signing of Turkoglu helps the Magic balance out the scoring on the team. Turk also provides a little insurance in case Grant Hill is not healthy enough to play this season. Turkoglu is the type of player that will play 100% every night regardless of his role and we need guys like this on our team.