As we all know by now, Dwight Howard's trade circus resulted in tears coming out of Howard as he expelled his love for the city of Orlando. He signed a waiver on the early termination option of his contract, affirming his presence with the Magic through the 2012-2013 season.
With the drama momentarily subsided, the Magic will focus on their ultimate goal—winning the NBA Finals. Since Howard is arguably the best center in the league, his presence alone is what the Magic will use as the foundation for their championship team.
Orlando is the third-best team in the East this season with their 31-18 record, but they've been inconsistent throughout the season. For instance, a championship team wouldn't be held to just 59 points against a Rose-less Bulls team, would they?
The answer is no, because this is not yet a championship level team. However, experience and growth this season tagged along with a few key changes would leapfrog the Orlando Magic into serious contention for the 2013 NBA Finals. And with Howard now positive he wants to play for Orlando (at least for one more year), the Magic are ready to make that jump.