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MavsFanFinley
08-04-2005, 11:16 PM
Magic will waive Christie
Amnesty rule lets guard leave, cuts luxury-tax tab

By Tim Povtak | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted August 5, 2005

With no trading partners in sight, the Orlando Magic will waive disgruntled guard Doug Christie in the next couple of days under the NBA's amnesty clause to free up a roster spot and avoid paying $8.2 million to the league in luxury taxes.

Although the Magic declined to comment on the waiver, NBA sources in New York confirmed the upcoming transaction.

Christie still must be paid the $8.2 million he is owed in the final year of his contract, but he will be allowed to re-sign with another team. Franchises exceeding the tax threshold ($61.7 million this season) must pay a dollar-for-dollar tax to the league.

The amnesty waiver can be used only once by each team during the league's newly approved six-year collective bargaining agreement with the players.

Without Christie on the roster, the Magic still will exceed the tax threshold by a few million dollars this season if, as expected, they sign another front-court player in the coming weeks.

The waiving of Christie will put an end to his brief, bizarre stay with the Magic. Christie, 35, grudgingly came in a trade with the Sacramento Kings last season for Cuttino Mobley, but he never was happy and quickly alienated his teammates.

With nagging bone spurs in his left ankle, he left the team without telling anyone shortly after he was taken out of the starting lineup.

He played only 21 games for the Magic, averaging 5.7 points and 2.2 assists in 25.2 minutes per game.

He then demanded another trade, saying he wanted to return to the West Coast.

Christie has told those close to him that he also would like to play in Dallas. The Magic talked to the Mavericks -- and almost everyone else in the league -- about a possible trade in the past month, but nothing materialized.

The Magic already have filled Christie's roster spot with free-agent point guard Keyon Dooling, who was at the RDV Sports-plex on Thursday after signing a three-year, $10 million contract Wednesday.

"I don't know about other people, but coming here was a no-brainer for me," said Dooling, who played last season with the Miami Heat. "I want to be here and help this organization get back to where it was the first time Coach [Brian] Hill was here."

Dooling, 25, is expected to battle Jameer Nelson and DeShawn Stevenson in training camp for playing time in the backcourt alongside Steve Francis.

NBA teams have until Aug. 15 to waive a player under the amnesty rule. Earlier this week, the Portland Trail Blazers waived guard Derek Anderson.

The Magic, in the market for another frontcourt player after No. 1 draft pick Fran Vazquez decided to stay in Spain, are waiting to see whom else is waived. They also are looking at a variety of free agents still available and a possible trade to fill that spot.

kg_veteran
08-04-2005, 11:18 PM
Sounds like Doug is coming to Dallas.

Drbio
08-04-2005, 11:35 PM
I wouldn't mind so much if Ms. Christie would keep her fat ass in Orlando.

kg_veteran
08-04-2005, 11:41 PM
http://www.jackiechristie.com/images/test1A_01.jpg

You're just jealous, Doc. You know you want me, but you can't have me. My body belongs to Doug.

GP
08-04-2005, 11:44 PM
We know he has a ball and chain; however, what we don't know is whether or not he can still play. Can he?

Drbio
08-04-2005, 11:45 PM
Oh lord kg....you just made me puke on the keyboard.

kg_veteran
08-04-2005, 11:53 PM
Sorry man. I've got an extra here at the house, I think, if yours is ruined. i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

Azn_Baller101
08-05-2005, 02:33 AM
is that really dougies wife or just some drunk model?

on a side note: i would love to see doug in a mavs jersey shutting down bibby at the arco....

Thespiralgoeson
08-05-2005, 03:28 AM
Originally posted by: Azn_Baller101
is that really dougies wife or just some drunk model?

on a side note: i would love to see doug in a mavs jersey shutting down bibby at the arco....

That'd be nice, but I'd rather see him shutting down Nash, just like old times.

EricaLubarsky
08-05-2005, 03:03 PM
He then demanded another trade, saying he wanted to return to the West Coast....Christie has told those close to him that he also would like to play in Dallas. The Magic talked to the Mavericks -- and almost everyone else in the league -- about a possible trade in the past month, but nothing materialized.

This is the same thing that is happening with Finley. He doesnt have to go home but he can't stay here, and no team in their right mind would make a trade when there is a chance that he will be waived.

Christie: trade away players with value or expiring contracts to get Christie's 8.2 million dollar contract, paying 16.4 million if you are already over the cap, and hope to g-d that Christie wants to play for you, because if he doesnt, then you might have acquired a 16.4million dollar pouter.

OR

Wait until he is waived, sign him for 1-3 million dollars, maybe paying that twice because of taxes, and giving up nothing? If Christie would be willing to play for you then why do it the other way? Only works if Christie is willing to play for you, but why acquire him if he isnt?

dalmations202
08-05-2005, 03:29 PM
I wonder if their is not a bigger deal that would push him on over to the West Coast after a brief stop in Dallas?

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Question? Does anyone know of the timeframe that a player has to stay with a team before he can become a part of another trade with the new CBA? Has it changed, or is it still 90 days?

EricaLubarsky
08-05-2005, 03:37 PM
I heard that it stayed the same 48 hours or 90 days, like it was in the old CBA but I havent seen that confirmed.

I dont see any future trade value to Christie though, and if he signs I would be a little pissed if we did trade him away because of questions of loyalty.

dalmations202
08-05-2005, 03:47 PM
Just thinking <u>out of the box</u> that maybe their is a deal with Sac for Miller/Peja/Bibby/something, and that somehow maybe Christie would be a part of it. Who knows, maybe Christie is the one trying to get this done.... he want(s)ed to go back to Sac badly.

I was wondering if he could be included in some "off the wall" trade that might get Christie back to Sac, and somehow get Dallas another "piece to the puzzle", or if the CBA would basically kill most of the deals that might "speed" up the process.

dirno2000
08-05-2005, 03:52 PM
If Sac wants Christie, why wouldn't they just sign him outright instead of trading a good player to Dallas?

Thespiralgoeson
08-05-2005, 03:56 PM
If you're trying to contend, you don't do trades that make your conference rivals better. You just don't do it.

dalmations202
08-05-2005, 05:43 PM
If you're trying to contend, you don't do trades that make your conference rivals better. You just don't do it.

agreed, but the Maloofs have been in cost cutting mode for a couple of years now. They know they don't have the team to win it all, and they might be able to get something that would get them there eventually. Does anyone think Bibby, Miller, Peja will win it all this year?



If Sac wants Christie, why wouldn't they just sign him outright instead of trading a good player to Dallas?

Not sure they do, or not. I am just thinking outside the box, and wondering how bad they want to "blow it up" and start over, -vs- just keep trying to make the playoffs with Bibby, Peja, Miller.

I can see several situations with 3-way deals that might work, if they want to make a "change".

fin4life
08-06-2005, 09:23 AM
Originally posted by: EricaLubarsky
I heard that it stayed the same 48 hours or 90 days, like it was in the old CBA but I havent seen that confirmed.

I dont see any future trade value to Christie though, and if he signs I would be a little pissed if we did trade him away because of questions of loyalty.

It was 60 days, not 90 days.