Jameer Nelson was surest option for Orlando Magic

Obviously, new GM Rob Hennigan is placing a premium on character. J.J. Redick has earned enough respect to make the captaincy a two-man job again, but until further notice, it's all on Nelson.

Hollywood Dwight?

At this point, the Magic can't make any demands on the Lakers if a Dwight Howard trade can be hatched.

Ideally, Orlando would love to send any of its bad contracts along in the shipment of Howard for C Andrew Bynum.

Their salaries are close enough. Howard will make $19.5 million and Bynum $16.1 million, although the Magic could try to slip Duhon's $3.2 million into the deal.

Howard's chance of being dealt to his favorite landing spot — the Brooklyn Nets — is sinking. He would do himself good to consider the Lakers, especially now that Nash is aboard. The least of Howard's concerns at this point should be following Shaq's Orlando-to-L.A. path.

The Magic would be elated to land Bynum. Bynum doesn't come without baggage, but he is regarded as the league's second-best center.

It would be the best deal any club in this situation — a star holding his team hostage — would have ever made.

Summer in the city

The Magic play host to the AirTran Airways Orlando Pro Summer League starting Monday, giving the club their first chance to watch draft picks Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O'Quinn, both power forwards.

One of the more intriguing stories is forward Magnum Rolle, who is on the Magic roster.

From Freeport, Bahamas, Rolle played with Magic PF Glen "Big Baby" Davis at LSU before transferring to Louisiana Tech.

Magic GM Rob Hennigan became familiar with Rolle when Hennigan was an assistant GM with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Rolle was drafted by the Thunder in the second round in 2010, the 51st pick. Oklahoma City, however, traded him to the Indiana Pacers.

And yes, Rolle was named after "Magnum P.I.," the popular 80's television show starring Tom Selleck, who played private investigator Thomas Magnum.

This 'n' That

Heard from Magic SF Hedo Turkoglu, who is vacationing with his family in Cypress … Rodney "Sid" Powell, the Magic's equipment manager/facility coordinator extraordinaire since their inaugural season, survived the recent housecleaning. As a former Magic coach says, "They can't get rid of Sid. He knows where all the bodies are buried." How true … I read where apparently the Lakers are concerned about Howard's surgically repaired back. Interesting, considering the Nets are pulling hernias trying to land him … Steve Nash, 38, heading to the Lakers gives a rebirth to Showtime, er, Slowtime.

bschmitz@tribune.com. Brian's eBook, "Dwightmare: Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic and the Season of Dysfunction," is available at Amazon.com and all major online bookstores for $4.99.
 

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