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Magic Make Asset Acquisition Trade with Bulls

2014 July 14

NBA: Charlotte Bobcats at Denver Nuggets

Reported first by USA Today Sports’ Sam Amick, the Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls participated in a minor trade on Monday that has Chicago shedding salary, and Orlando gaining assets such as Anthony Randolph‘s contract  in return.

The extra details were then filled in by the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins, and then later confirmed in an official announcement by the Orlando Magic organization.  

Due to league regulations, Orlando had to give something back in exchange for the two 2nd rounders, Randolph’s salary, and the cash considerations. So the Magic sent the rights to 2007 draft night acquisition Milovan Rakovic. The 29-year-old Serbian big man was drafted 60th by the Dallas Mavericks in ’07, only to be dealt to Orlando for Reyshawn Terry who was the Magic’s 44th overall pick. Neither has played a second in an NBA regular season contest.

The ‘Rak Attack’ did come to Orlando in 2009, but never wore a jersey at RDV Sportsplex for Summer League due to paperwork problems with Orlando and Milovan’s European squad Spartak St. Petersburg. Without the proper paperwork, Rakovic wasn’t allowed to step onto the court. That’s the closest Rak Attack came to playing for the Magic. Ever since Milovan Rakovic signed a multi-year contract back in the summer of 2010 with Montepaschi Siena in Italy, it’s been assumed that Rakovic would never wear Magic pinstripes. Rakovic isn’t the player he used to be. He has a ferocious on-court nature that’s similar to say a Nikola Pekovic or Marcin Gortat. Problem is the talent and athleticism was always lacking for Milovan.

Anthony Randolph turns 25 years old on July 15th. So his birthday present is to be waived by Orlando shortly after the Bulls acquired him from Denver on June 26th. Last season, 6′ 10″ floor spacer averaged 4.8 ppg and 2.8 rpg on 38.6 FG% and 29.5 3PT% in 43 games with the Nuggets. So gain, view the Louisiana State University product as just a contract. He’s being waived so the Magic can bring in another player. Even with Randolph’s $1.825,359 salary for ’14-’15 on the books, the Magic are still a few million short of reaching the salary floor. That may change if GM Rob Hennigan signs a veteran point guard.


Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

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