51 Q: How do the Magic handle their loaded frontcourt rotation?

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We continue PBT’s 2016-17 NBA preview series, 51 Questions. For the past few weeks, and through the start of the NBA season, we tackle 51 questions we cannot wait to see answered during the upcoming NBA season. We will delve into one almost every day between now and the start of the season.

In a vacuum, each one of the moves the Orlando Magic made this summer to bolster their frontcourt made sense. Trade Victor Oladipo to make room for Mario Hezonja in the backcourt and land Serge Ibaka to help with rim protection? Sure. Sign Bismack Biyombo, coming off a tremendous playoff run with the Raptors, to a four-year, $70 million deal that looks pretty reasonable compared to what a lot of other big men got this summer? You could do worse. A one-year, $15 million contract for Jeff Green? A little weird, but it’s hard to knock a one-year deal since there’s no long-term risk. Individually, those moves are all fine.

They make a lot less sense when you put them together, while keeping in mind the Magic invested the 2014 No. 4 pick in Aaron Gordon, who’s better suited to play power forward than small forward, and that Nikola Vucevic is still in the mix. It’s a jumbled mess of players that don’t fit very well together, and there aren’t a lot of obvious answers for how new head coach Frank Vogel will juggle it.

The most obvious solution is to make a trade, and the only logical trade candidate in that group is Vucevic, who is owed a very reasonable $36.7 million over the next three years. But although Vucevic is a gifted low-post scorer, he’s a defensive liability without much shooting range, which makes him something of an anachronism in the modern game, and it’s hard to see a fit around the league that would make sense for a deal. Vucevic’s best use on this roster would be as a second-unit scoring big feasting on opposing reserves. But he’s been a consistent starter all four of his seasons in Orlando, and moving him to the bench risks making him unhappy.

The idea of an Ibaka-Biyombo unit is intriguing — they would block everything, and Ibaka’s shooting ability would complement Biyombo’s very limited offensive game. But that would involve moving Gordon to small forward, which is counterproductive to his long-term development, not to mention the Magic just re-signed Evan Fournier for $85 million over five years. Gordon’s skill set is best used as a four, and there won’t be many minutes for him to play there. His long-term development is the real loser here. And that’s before Vogel figures out what to do with Green — which position he’ll play, who he’ll play alongside with. It’s a lot to juggle.

The Magic have a lot of intriguing young pieces — Gordon, Hezonja and Elfrid Payton, namely — but they’ve been on a treadmill of mediocre-to-bad in the four years since trading Dwight Howard in 2012. This jumbled mess of a frontcourt rotation may be an upgrade in talent, but it doesn’t get them any closer to breaking out of that cycle.

WNBA suspends Riquna Williams 10 games for domestic violence

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NEW YORK (AP) The WNBA has suspended Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams 10 games for a domestic violence incident.

The WNBA handed down the suspension Tuesday. Williams was arrested on April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual with whom she was in a relationship and the other involving a threat to another person with a firearm. Her criminal case is ongoing.

The league conducted its own investigation and consulted with a panel of experts in the field of domestic violence. Among other factors, the WNBA said it took into account the nature and seriousness of the allegations, including the involvement of a gun.

The WNBA also will require Williams to participate in counseling.

Williams’ suspension will begin with Thursday’s game against the Dallas Wings.

Report: Bulls signing Luke Kornet for guaranteed $4.5M over two years

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Just three 7-footers have averaged 3.5 3-pointers per game and made 35% of them each of the last two seasons:

The Bulls will now have most of them.

Markkanen is Chicago’s top young player. Kornet will join him with the Bulls next season.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

I’m a little surprised Kornet got more than his minimum ($3,383,360 over two years). But it’s worth taking a flier on him.

In addition to his outside shooting, Kornet has shown good timing as a shot-blocker in two seasons with the Knicks. The 24-year-old must get stronger and improve as a rebounder to play major minutes.

But the Bulls won’t have to press him into action. They also have Thaddeus Young, Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Daniel Gafford and Cristiano Felicio as bigs.

Pistons claim Christian Wood off waivers

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The Bucks waived Christian Wood late last season to ensure avoiding the luxury tax. The Pelicans claimed him. Wood had played well in limited minutes with the 76ers, Hornets and Bucks and in the NBA’s minor league since going undrafted in 2015.

New Orleans gave him his biggest opportunity yet. In 24 minutes per game over eight games, he averaged 17 points and eight rebounds.

But the Pelicans filled their roster for next season and waived Wood.

Detroit will take advantage.

Pistons release:

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has claimed forward/center Christian Wood off waivers.

Wood’s $1,645,357 minimum salary is unguaranteed until the regular season. So, Detroit could still waive him before the season. But it seems he’ll at least go to training camp and get a shot at a regular-season roster spot.

The Pelicans also could’ve kept him through the preseason then waived him before the regular season. They seemingly did him a favor of allowing him to get somewhere he has a realistic chance of sticking.

Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond will start in the frontcourt for the Pistons. Markieff Morris and Thon Maker appear to be first in line is backups.

But don’t be surprised if Wood earns playing time. At minimum, the 23-year-old should provide nice depth at both power forward and center.

The Pistons have also now acquired four members of last year’s Bucks – Tony Snell, Thon Maker, Tim Frazier and now Wood.

Knicks: Reggie Bullock has spine injury

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Reggie Bullock had his agreed-upon salary cut by more than half with the Knicks. He’ll reportedly miss at least a month of the regular season.

All because of a mysterious health issue.

The Knicks have finally disclosed what’s happening.

Knicks release:

Reggie Bullock underwent successful surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York for a cervical disc herniation. The team will plan to provide an update on his rehab and progress around the start of training camp.

Bullock is a good shooter from the wing. New York could use him. Many teams could use him.

But Bullock must get healthy first.

At this point, we probably shouldn’t expect much from him any time soon. The best indication: how eagerly his agent praised the Knicks for their handling of this situation. Again, Bullock settled for less than half his initially agreed-upon salary.