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Dominoes started falling in offseason

While the Magic pay big bucks to Bass and Gortat, the Mavs have their man in Haywood

Updated: February 19, 2010, 12:40 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Did the Orlando Magic pull the wool over Mark Cuban's eyes this summer? That was a common perception after their little free-agent poker game.

The theory was that the Dallas Mavericks were willing to let forward Brandon Bass sign with the Magic only because they figured that would guarantee Orlando wouldn't match the midlevel exception offer to restricted free-agent center Marcin Gortat.

The Magic ended up with both players -- at a price of more than $50 million ...

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