The Magic made another move in solidifying their young core of players today by resigning forward Trevor Ariza. He was acquired from the New York Knicks last year in a trade involving the contract of Penny Hardaway and Steve Francis. Ariza became a fan favorite towards the end of the 2006 season with his energy and attention to defense. There was concern the Magic might not be able to match offers for Ariza, but they were able to resign the forward – keeping intact a group that finished the season strong.
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Dwight Howard made the final cut for Team USA today. Howard is one of four players that measure 6'10" or better and is listed as a forward/center. I would imagine Howard will be able to log solid minutes at the center position with Amare Stoudemire still questionable for the upcoming FIBA World Championship games in August.
The Orlando Magic signed Keith Bogans today. Bogans is a 6'5", 215 pound shooting guard known for his defensive toughness. The move by the Magic almost assures that we will not see DeShawn Stevenson in a Magic uniform next season. I do believe the Magic would have resigned Stevenson if he had not outpriced himself by asking for more than what he was already making.