Magic Trade Grant for Maggette
By Fred Goodall
Maggette, who left Duke after his freshman season, was considered one of the best athletes available in this year's draft. He was the 13th pick by the Sonics, however the Magic feels he has the potential to be a player they can build around.
``Potential is scary,'' coach Doc Rivers said. ``It's just potential, but we like that potential.''
Grant averaged 8.9 points and seven rebounds this season, his fifth in Orlando. He spent seven years in Chicago, helping the Bulls win three NBA championships, before signing with the Magic as a free agent in 1994.
Maggette, 19, averaged 10.6 points in 39 games at Duke and was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Rookie team. The Magic began the night without a first-round and were resigned to being content with selecting 38th overall until Maggette was still available for Seattle.
``The reason he slipped, we don't care,'' Rivers said. ``We know everybody had had rated in the top five at one time, and we still believe he is.''
To make the deal work under salary cap rules, the Magic also obtained veterans Dale Ellis, Billy Owens and Don MacLean, who may or may not fit into the team's future.
In addition to Grant, Seattle received second-round draft picks in 2000 and 2001.
The reshaping of the roster continued with the selection of Maryland's Laron Profit with the ninth pick in the second round, No. 38 overall. The Magic later obtained Michigan's Louis Bullock, a point guard selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 42nd pick.
Profit shot 50 percent from the field and averaged 14.5 points per game as a senior at Maryland, helping the Terrapins reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.
Bullock averaged 20.7 points last season and is projected as a backup for Darrell Armstrong, who finished the year as Orlando's starting point guard.
Much of what general manager John Gabriel does the rest of the summer depends on what happens with four-time All-Star Penny Hardaway, who becomes a free agent on July 1.
Rivers reiterated that the club hopes to re-sign Hardaway and keep him in Orlando, even though the sixth-year pro said shortly after the playoffs that he felt under appreciated and was prepared to move on.
Hardaway apologized for the comments the following day.
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