NBA Rumors: Orlando Magic Wrong to Take Time in Making Offseason Changes

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2012

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The Orlando Magic might be making some drastic changes this offseason, but waiting to decide the future of certain people is not a wise decision from the organization. 

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reported that Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins and Magic Chairman Dan DeVos will wait a bit and then decide on the future of the team. 

Right now, it's up in the air if they'll be starting fresh and dumping general manager Otis Smith, head coach Stan Van Gundy and star player Dwight Howard

It's no secret Orlando dealt with a great deal of headaches this past season, but prolonging the decisions for the future is a horrible idea. 

Martins told Robbins that he wants to do this right. 

First and foremost, we don't want anybody to be in limbo. We're going to do everyone right by the process. But, personally, I think that everyone deserves and needs some time to just cool off, to decompress from a very, very trying season.

The's just it, Orlando is leaving at least one person in limbo, as point guard Jameer Nelson is being forced to make a decision on his player option soon. 

Obviously, it would be better and easier for Nelson to know what the future of the team is going to be like before he makes his choice. Should he decide to return to the team, Nelson's trade value will increase because he'll have an expiring contract. 

If the Magic bring in a new coach, chances are he might want a new point guard, meaning Nelson would be on the move. He then wouldn't have a choice of where to play, but he has that option this summer. 

With the management treating Nelson this way, it wouldn't surprise me to see him test the free-agent market. 

Martins and his staff would be much better off being bold and taking a stance right now. If he wants to do this right, waiting it out is not the correct approach. 

All he's doing is leaving folks to ponder, when he could either be focusing on how to better the team with either new players for Howard or a new coach and general manager. 

My gut says that the Magic will be making some big-time changes this summer, but sitting back and doing nothing right now helps no one. 



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