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Report: Tobias Harris reaches four-year, $64 million extension to stay with Orlando


Tobias Harris was a restricted free agent that a lot of teams with young talent looking to improve — read: Lakers — were going to chase come July 9.

The key word there is “were.”

Harris has reached a deal to stay with another up-and-coming team in Orlando. Shams Charnia of Real GM was the first report this.


This is a bit of a surprise for one reason: The Magic hired Scott Skiles as coach. Skiles had coached Harris in Milwaukee and buried him on the bench, not really giving him much run. It wasn’t until Harris was traded out from under Skiles thumb and he was in Orlando that he blossomed.

This is a good signing for the Magic, keeping a quality young forward in house, and doing so on a deal that will look like a steal as the salary cap spikes.

Who is left on the board after wild first day of NBA free agency?

Memphis Grizzlies v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three

That was insane.

NBA teams agreed to $1.3 billion in contract money in the first 24 hours of free agency, in what was as hectic a first day as anyone can recall. The CBA worked as the owners intended — small market teams did just as well (actually, much better) than the big markets and most free agents took the extra money and security their current teams could offer. Guys stayed home (19 out of 26 guys did not change teams of the early signings).

So who is left on the board as we head into Day 2? Here are the biggest names out there still.

LeBron James — Like he’s leaving Cleveland. He’s a free agent in name only.

Marc Gasol — He also is out there in name only, the Grizzlies will have a deal with him by the end of the day. It’s just that the deal is being worked out in Spain, in between tapas and siestas, so it’s moving at a different pace.

LaMarcus Aldridge — He has a couple more meetings on Thursday, including with the Knicks and Raptors, before sitting down and figuring out where he wants to play next. The Spurs remain the front-runners, they impressed him with their pitch, plus he gets to go home to Texas and step straight on to a contender. However, Portland, Phoenix and everyone but the Lakers are still holding out hope.

DeAndre Jordan — The athletic center has had a few meetings, and it is thought to be a 50/50 decision between the Mavericks and Clippers. In Dallas he gets to go home to Texas and be a bigger part of the offense; but the Clippers offer more money, he likes living in Los Angeles and playing for Doc Rivers, plus they are legit title contenders.

Greg Monroe — Maybe the most open name on the board. The young center played for relative peanuts last season to get this moment, and the Knicks and Lakers are both very interested. However, both Portland and Milwaukee have made strong impressions and are in the mix. He’s going to get a max, he just has to decide where he wants to play.

Dwyane Wade — He and the Miami Heat need each other, and they are reportedly closing in on a deal. There isn’t much of a market outside Miami for his skills, unless he wants to take less money than he felt insulted by when the Heat offered it.

Robin Lopez — He has had interest from a number of teams, but for the Knicks and Bucks the veteran big man is kind of Plan B after Monroe. Lopez is going to get paid then bring solid defense and a hatred of mascots to wherever he chooses.

Wesley Matthews — He tore his Achilles last season and, while reportedly ahead of schedule on rehab, teams can’t expect him to be right for at least half if not all of this next season. That said, he has shown zero interest in taking a discount — he wants $15 million per year or more. Dallas is considered the front-runner for maybe the best “3 and D” guy in the league (because he can do more than just that), but other teams such as the Kings are interested.

Tobias Harris — With Orlando striking out on Paul Millsap (who stayed in Atlanta) it may take a max offer to get the Magic not to match (Harris is a restricted free agent). The Pistons, Lakers, Knicks and others have reportedly been interested, but will any of them put that much money on the table for the young forward?

Monta Ellis — The Pacers meet with Ellis on Thursday, and that may be a match. The Pacers need shot creation and playmaking, plus they have the money to pay. The Kings also are said to be interested, and more may come calling.

Other names on the board: Lou Williams, Rodney Stuckey, Jared Dudley, Ed Davis, Kosta Koufos and Patrick Beverley (he’s restricted, the Rockets can match any offer).

Report: Paul Millsap had midnight meeting with Orlando, will decide between Magic and Hawks

Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

Paul Millsap is one of the more interesting free agent names on the market, mainly because it wouldn’t seem as though the Atlanta Hawks can afford to let him walk.

But at age 30 and after nine NBA seasons, this may be Millsap’s last chance at a large payday, and when looking at the way things played out in Atlanta over the second half of the season and into the playoffs, it’s worth wondering if the same level of success can be expected by simply bringing everyone back.

It was never a sure thing that the Hawks would come at Millsap with a contract at or near the five-year max. But now, some unexpected competition may end up forcing their hand.

David Aldridge:

Boom: Paul Millsap met with Orlando Magic in Atlanta at 12:01 last night, high interest between both. Will decide between Magic and Hawks.

Seeing Orlando emerge as a real option for an All-Star free agent like Millsap comes as a bit of a surprise, but the Magic have plenty to offer.

There’s no state tax in Florida, so contracts signed with teams there end up having a significant level of extra value. And the Magic have a nice young core of guys like Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo, and added Mario Hezonja in this summer’s draft.

Orlando may lose restricted free agent Tobias Harris, though the team can choose to keep him by matching any offer he receives. Millsap would be a nice complement to him or provide an upgrade as a replacement, but after a successful 60-win season in Atlanta that concluded with a trip to the Eastern Conference finals, it would seem likely that Millsap would return if the Hawks are willing to max him out.

Luke Ridnour traded for the fourth time this summer

Orlando Magic v Dallas Mavericks

Luke Ridnour began this offseason as a member of the Orlando Magic.

But after being traded four times in the past week, it’s anyone’s guess where he’ll be playing by the time next season rolls around.

Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman:

The Thunder has traded the contract of Luke Ridnour to Toronto along with cash to create a $2.85 million trade exception.

To complete the trade, the Raptors sent the draft rights of Tomislav Zubcic to the Thunder.

And he may not be done moving.

John Schuhmann of NBA.com:

Ridnour’s contract doesn’t become guaranteed until July 11, so he has a chance to be traded again after the moratorium (which ends 7/9).

To recap:

The Magic traded Ridnour to the Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies traded Ridnour to the Hornets.

The Hornets traded Ridnour to the Thunder.

As teams continue to make financial moves to create salary cap space in pursuit of free agents, contracts like Ridnour’s become desirable to obtain before they’re fully guaranteed — which means this may not be the last trade involving Ridnour we end up seeing this summer.

Ridnour has played 12 NBA seasons, most recently for the Magic. He averaged four points and two assists in 14.5 minutes per contest in Orlando last season.

Report: Magic decline option on Ben Gordon for next season

Solomon Hill, Ian Mahinmi, Ben Gordon

When the Magic signed Ben Gordon to a two-year, $9 million deal last summer, it was mostly to be a veteran presence off the bench and to use as a possible trade chip, especially with the second year fully un-guaranteed. He hasn’t been a truly relevant NBA player since he left the Bulls in 2009. So it’s no surprise that Orlando has decided to save $4.5 million next year rather than keep him, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

The Orlando Magic are declining the $4.5 million team option for 2015-’16 on guard Ben Gordon’s contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Gordon will become an unrestricted free agent.

Passing on Gordon’s option will give the Magic $14.5 million in salary cap space for free agency. Gordon, 32, averaged 6.2 points a game for the Magic last season.

Gordon isn’t really an impact player anymore, but he shot a perfectly respectable 36.1 percent from three-point range last season, an improvement over his disastrous previous season in Charlotte, when things got so bad that the then-Bobcats purposely waited to cut him until after the deadline for eligibility to sign with a playoff team. He’s not going to be a difference-maker anywhere, but after a better year in Orlando, a team could do a lot worse than signing him as an end-of-the-bench guy.