Though I've always considered John Gabriel an idiot, I didn't think even he would consider signing Oak. Talk about your Geriatric front line! Didn't he learn anything by bringing in Horace and Patrick at the end of their careers?The Magic also are looking at the option of not making a trade and strengthening their frontcourt by signing veteran Charles Oakley to a one-year deal, which would allow them to maintain significant salary cap flexibility for next summer.
Oakley, 38, isn't the player he once was, but he still could provide the toughness the Magic need, along with some help in rebounding. Although his first choice is to join the Los Angeles Lakers, they have been luckwarm with their interest. His second choice is Orlando, and he has told the Magic he would sign for the veteran minimum of $1 million.
"Money is not an issue with him anymore," said Billy Diamond, Oakley's business manager. "It's about winning."