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9 Rebuilding Steps for Orlando Magic After Dwight Howard Trade
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The plan? What is the plan?

While no one knows the exact day or hour that Dwight Howard will be traded, he's already as good as gone. The Orlando Magic must follow these steps as they pick up the pieces.

Replacing Howard will be as big a basketball and psychological task as recovering from Shaquille O'Neal's departure in 1996. In fact, it may even be bigger.

For all of Shaq's contributions and an NBA Finals appearance, he only played in Orlando for four seasons.

Howard was the Magic's franchise cornerstone and rebounding leader for eight seasons. He only missed 17 of 640 possible games for them, 12 of which were last year. He brought them to the playoffs six times and led them in scoring the past seven years.

The Magic made an NBA Finals with Howard and appeared in another Eastern Conference Finals. His name is found all over their record books, both for career numbers and per season.

Orlando can't afford to wander aimlessly for a decade like they did after Shaq left. Here's how they can step out of the rubble and move on with their lives...

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