Orlando Magic: 5 Reasons GM Otis Smith Must Be Axed Following This Season

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Orlando Magic: 5 Reasons GM Otis Smith Must Be Axed Following This Season
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Six seasons, five playoff births and one brief Finals appearance are the product of Otis Smith's reign as Orlando Magic general manager, but it's time for the Magic to move on, and part ways with Smith.

When the Magic hired Smith as co-general manager in 2005, the future looked bright for a team led by the then 20-year-old Dwight Howard. Each year with Smith brought trades and personnel moves to build a championship team around Howard.

Over the years, Howard and Smith's relationship has the two at odds, and Howard is expected to leave the Magic after this season.

After earning himself a contract extension following the team's Finals appearance in 2009, Smith (like Howard) will become a free agent as his contract expires after this season.

I'd like to point out some key mistakes made over the years, urging the Magic to say goodbye to Smith as their general manager.

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