Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy excited about team's free-agency moves

Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy peppers his sentences with adjectives such as "incredible," "great" and "tremendous" when he discusses the moves GM Otis Smith has made this free-agency period.In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday, Van Gundy said the additions of power forward Brandon Bass and wing player Matt Barnes, as well as the decision to re-sign backup center Marcin Gortat, will provide plenty of lineup options once the season arrives.

"Otis has done a tremendous job, I think, not only in signing good players but really getting pieces that have a very good chance of fitting together well," Van Gundy said. "I think that we’ve got several very versatile guys. I think we’ve got about every situation covered. I don’t think that there’s really any kind of lineup that we can’t play."

Van Gundy said four players — Vince Carter, Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis and Jameer Nelson — "would have to perform pretty poorly to play themselves out of the starting lineup."

For now, however, Van Gundy said he doesn’t have his mind made up on the fifth starter. The competition for that spot will begin when the Magic begin training camp on Sept. 29. Probably the only guys who won’t contend for a starting role are reserve point guard Anthony Johnson and Gortat because of the positions they play.


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