Since being founded in 1989, the Orlando Magic have made their fair share of solid free-agent signings. While not every signing was successful, the Magic have managed to build relevant teams despite residing in a relatively small market.
According to SportsMediaWatch.com, the Magic play in the 19th-biggest market in the NBA, which has arguably hurt the franchise's ability to lure high-profile free agents to Orlando. Fortunately for the Magic, Orlando's balmy climate and Florida's lack of an income tax have helped to mitigate the lack of national attention the team receives.
The Magic have been successful for the most part since its inception, as evidenced by the franchise's 959-879 overall regular-season record.
Orlando's direction has always been focused on building a legitimate title contender, which means it has rarely gotten bogged down in mediocrity. The Magic have either been one of the league's worst teams, giving them an opportunity to secure a top-five draft pick, or have looked to aggressively improve their roster in order to compete for a championship.
The best free-agent signings will be based upon a couple of factors, including team success and player productivity throughout their tenure with the Magic. Certain acquisitions stand out, though, as the front office struck gold on a few occasions.