Ryan Anderson has professed his love for the Orlando Magic, and General Manager Otis Smith all but said the team will spend whatever it takes to keep Anderson this offseason.
But that doesn't mean Anderson, who will become a restricted free agent in July, is a lock to return to the Magic.
"I love it here in Orlando," he said. "This is a place where I've had an incredible opportunity. I love living here. I think that this is a place that fits my style of play. You know, it's hard. It's hard because at the end of the day, it is a business. You know, I want to get the most out of my career that I can.
"Obviously, I love it here. I think I've made that very clear to everybody here that I'm very happy here. But I want to come into this with an open mind."
Anderson can sign an offer sheet from any team, but the Magic will have the right to match those contract terms. In recent years, the organization matched lucrative offer sheets that Marcin Gortat and J.J. Redick signed when they were restricted free agents.
Smith said: "We like him. We traded for him. We cleared a lot of space for him to get all those minutes that he was talking about earlier. So with that said, we want to keep him here in a Magic uniform. So we're going to do everything we can, and should, do to keep him in a Magic uniform."
Still, the Magic have hamstrung themselves somewhat with other long-term contracts.
Jason Richardson and Glen Davis have three years remaining on their deals. Chris Duhon, Hedo Turkoglu and Quentin Richardson have two more years remaining, although it's believed Duhon's and Turkoglu's contracts are only partially guaranteed for the 2013-14 season. Quentin Richardson has a player option for the 2013-14 season.
Coach Stan Van Gundy has mostly shied away from playing 6-foot-10 second-year rookie Daniel Orton in this series.
Orton could be an option to guard Indiana's 7-foot-2 center, Roy Hibbert.
Orton played just 2 minutes, 37 seconds in Game 4, and Van Gundy put Orton on the floor in the second period because Davis had picked up his third foul and Anderson had two fouls.
"We're battling against a lot of things right now, and one of them is that we're not as solid as you would like to be in the playoffs," Van Gundy said. "So we're trying as much as we can to keep experienced people on the floor."
Orton has logged eight minutes in the series.
Earl Clark, another 6-foot-10 player with limited playoff experience, is averaging 19.0 minutes per game in the series and 4.5 points and an impressive 7.0 rebounds.
"I'm not afraid to play Daniel if the situation arises," Van Gundy said. "But if you start getting more than one of those guys out there at a time that doesn't have a lot of experience in a playoff situation, it gets difficult."
It didn't seem very important with Orlando trailing by 14 points, but Redick's technical foul against Tyler Hansbrough with 9:07 left in Game 4's fourth quarter proved to be crucial.
Redick was dribbling the ball at full speed when Indiana's Paul George was whistled for a reach-in foul. Redick had trouble stopping and ran into Hansbrough, who braced himself for impact by raising his arms in front of his chest.
Hansbrough appeared to immediately try to defuse the situation, but Redick raised the basketball and flailed his right arm, earning the tech. Darren Collison made the ensuing free throw.
Regulation ended with the score tied at 89.
There's some intrigue here. Redick, who went to Duke, had his career Atlantic Coast Conference scoring record broken by Hansbrough, who went to Duke's archrival, North Carolina.
Redick called Hansbrough when Hansbrough broke the record to congratulate him, but they hadn't spoken since, Redick said.
• The Magic did not practice Sunday.
• The team is scheduled to practice Monday at Amway Center. It is scheduled to leave for Indianapolis on Monday afternoon.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun