If you were a basketball fan on social media last night, you might have been overwhelmed by just how much was happening at one time. If you’re a Magic fan like me, then you were trying to spot the Orlando signings while names like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Kemba Walker filled your timeline.
Then it happened. Nikola Vucevic, Terrence Ross, and Al Farouq Aminu.
The first two names should have brought you relief. With the Magic’s only All Star in Vucevic, along with the sharpshooting Ross, Orlando will maintain it’s playoff nucleus.
With Aminu, Orlando gets a durable worker that played in 81 games last year for the Portland Trailblazers en route to a Western Conference Finals appearance. Bringing that Rip City culture to Orlando won’t hurt.
As usual, the Magic took care of business responsibly. They didn’t lose a superstar like the Charlotte Hornets did with Kemba Walker, they didn’t gamble like the Miami Heat will be doing with the emotional Jimmy Butler, and they didn’t come up empty like the New York Knicks.
It was a good night.
I wasn’t wild about the Magic’s draft pick, Chuma Okeke (story HERE). He’s coming off of a serious injury and we have a problem with young players and serious injuries here. There were better options available.
Now that I know we’ve got our stars coming back, I’ll feel better knowing that we’re not in a position where we can lose ground.
And there is also the point that these two love playing for the Magic. They had options. We’ve had plenty of stars that didn’t always feel that way. It means a lot.
We’re happy to have them back. And like the rest of the league, we can’t wait until next season.