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    Default Orlando steals Dooling from Miami for $10 million

    MIAMI -- Keyon Dooling said he agreed to terms Friday on a three-year deal believed to be worth nearly $10 million with Orlando, where he'll probably have a chance to become the Magic's starting point guard.

    Dooling, 25, averaged 5.2 points and 1.8 assists in 16 minutes a game this past season with the Miami Heat, who used him solely as a reserve. He was particularly strong during the Heat's postseason run, averaging 7.3 points on nearly 50- percent shooting.

    "I'm extremely happy," Dooling said Friday night. "I'm extremely thankful that Miami gave me the opportunity to show what I can do, but I'm looking forward to moving on."

    Orlando drafted Dooling at No. 10 overall in 2000, then traded his rights to the Los Angeles Clippers -- where he played for four seasons. He signed a free-agent deal with Miami exactly one year ago Friday.

    Dooling will not sign his Magic contract until at least next week. Because the NBA's collective bargaining agreement is still not finalized, no date has been set for when free agents can begin signing with new clubs.

    He made 20 of 26 shots during one four-game stretch this past postseason, helping the Heat win each of those games. And he parlayed the strong finish he had in his lone Miami season into a chance of starting with Orlando; Dooling has started just 26 of his 292 NBA games, including playoffs.

    Should the Magic move Steve Francis to shooting guard, that would conceivably allow for a battle between Dooling and Jameer Nelson for the starting point-guard spot.

    "It's not written in stone, but there's a chance," Dooling said. "And Orlando's going in the right direction."

    Dooling said he received interest from six or seven other clubs -- Miami not among them. The Heat have been working on a long-term deal with Shaquille O'Neal, plus apparently trying to lure starting point guard Damon Jones back to the team.

    "I don't feel bad about that or anything," said Dooling, a South Florida native. "That's the nature of this business. They have some bigger pieces to fill."

    New Jersey also had interest in Dooling, who returned from a visit with the Nets on Friday and learned of the Magic's offer.

    "Orlando made a great plea," Dooling said. "That situation is going to be perfect for me."

    It wasn't about being the team everyone loved, it was about beating the teams everyone else loved.

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    Default Re: Orlando steals Dooling from Miami for $10 million

    That might be the bargain of the summer.

    I'm still in shock Miami let him get away. He WAS their bench scoring during the ECF.

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    Default Re: Orlando steals Dooling from Miami for $10 million

    I'm surprised too, Dooling was really hitting his stride with the Heat last year too. Good pick up for Orlando, they need him.

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    Default Re: Orlando steals Dooling from Miami for $10 million

    certainly makes me feel a little better about playing Miami next year. Dooling was instant offense.

    The guy throws up slop, but it always goes in the hoop.

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    actually i dont think miami is too concerned...they didnt seem to be too interested in keeping him....and seem poised for his departure....they seem to have their eyes on retaining jones and a few other pgs....for whatever reason....


    however, new jersey seemed very very interested in signing him....im glad the magic got him instead of jersey...

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    Default Re: Orlando steals Dooling from Miami for $10 million

    I think Miami's going to get Payton to join them.
    "It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."

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    I think Miami's going to get Payton to join them.
    wouldnt surprise me....at all

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    Default Re: Orlando steals Dooling from Miami for $10 million

    in paytons previous experiences... following in shaqs foosteps havent turned out.... to good...

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    Default Re: Orlando steals Dooling from Miami for $10 million

    I don't think Payton wants to play with Shaq again......

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    I don't think Payton wants to play with Shaq again......
    ur incapable of forming a thought that doesn't sound like a fart

    sorry.... for a second, i thought i was foretaz

    i agree, payton probably won't try that again

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    The guy throws up slop, but it always goes in the hoop.

    Amen!

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    Default Re: Orlando steals Dooling from Miami for $10 million

    I think it was the triangle offense that ruined Payton, and not Shaq. Players never really seem to have a problem with Shaq as a teammate, it would be that other guy that's still in LA that gets people upset.
    "It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."

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    Default Re: Orlando steals Dooling from Miami for $10 million

    Payton wouldnt start in Miami with Damon Jones and Wade back there.

    Payton's ego won't let him come off the bench, he'll go to a situation where he can start. Don't be suprised if he goes to the Lakers, a team in dire need of a point guard.

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    Payton wouldnt start in Miami with Damon Jones and Wade back there.

    Payton's ego won't let him come off the bench, he'll go to a situation where he can start. Don't be suprised if he goes to the Lakers, a team in dire need of a point guard.
    his ego wont allow him to come off the bench, but his ego would allow him to go back to LA, a team hes had some pretty harsh words for in the not so distant past...

    and back in the triangle, too?, after what hes said about the triangle?

    im not saying he wont end up in LA...frankly im shocked they let antonio daniels get away....he seemed a perfect fit there...but im not sure that LA is the perfect marriage for payton....i have a feeling payton realizes his days are numbered and its bench time....he still would like a ring....he would probably have a decent chance of that in miami and not have some of the issues he would have back in LA

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    Default Re: Orlando steals Dooling from Miami for $10 million

    Despite hating the triangle, the fact that he would be the starting PG in LA would have to tempt him a little.

    Gary Payton can still start for a handfull of teams, I predict he'll end up with one of those.

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    Default Re: Orlando steals Dooling from Miami for $10 million

    letting Damon Jones go for Gary Payton would be a DOWNGRADE for what Miami wants out of its PG. There, I said it.

    The best spot-up shooting PG in the NBA, for quite possibly the WORST?

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    Despite hating the triangle, the fact that he would be the starting PG in LA would have to tempt him a little.

    Gary Payton can still start for a handfull of teams, I predict he'll end up with one of those.
    there might indeed be a few teams he could start for, im not sure those teams would want him...dunno....most of them dont appear to have much of a shot at the title or even the playoffs for that matter...

    i guess u could make a case for cleveland or maybe even houston...but i have a feeling payton is gonna end up somewhere where he ends up coming off the bench....i cant see him going to atlanta or toronto or anything like that...

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    letting Damon Jones go for Gary Payton would be a DOWNGRADE for what Miami wants out of its PG. There, I said it.

    The best spot-up shooting PG in the NBA, for quite possibly the WORST?
    who said anythiing about letting damon go???

    i think if payton goes to miami he ends up coming off the bench....but who knows...

    i have a feeling they keep damon....

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    Default Re: Orlando steals Dooling from Miami for $10 million

    I believe Damon opted out. Obviously, he wants a bigger deal.

    They wont be able to afford both.

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    I believe Damon opted out. Obviously, he wants a bigger deal.

    They wont be able to afford both.

    maybe not...guess we will have to wait and see...

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    Default Re: Orlando steals Dooling from Miami for $10 million

    I would like to have seen the Pacers pick up Dooling.

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    Default Re: Orlando steals Dooling from Miami for $10 million

    I just saw that Miami is paying E. Jones $14 million this year and 15 next. Any chance they cut him and then sign someone like Finley? They could afford Jones, Payton, and Finley. for that chunk of cap space.

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    Default Re: Orlando steals Dooling from Miami for $10 million

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    The best spot-up shooting PG in the NBA, for quite possibly the WORST?

    In addtion to doing all the other things that he does isn't the best spot-up shooting PG in the NBA Chauncy?

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    This is a horrible signing for the Magic! Dooling is one of the 20 worst players in the NBA IMO.
    IWhat is KStat talking about? Does he even know? His great play in the ECF? The same ECF where he averaged:
    6.4 ppg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 rpg, 1.3 t/opg, 0.4 spg, shot 37.3%, and 12.5% from downtown?

    The sad thing about Dooling is, his best season was his rookie season, way back in 2000.

    Just terrible.

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    and orlando is offering him a chance to start....how bout that???

    btw...



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