With the off-season here and the draft approaching, and countless high-profile free agents, there will be a very new look at the start of next season for most teams in the NBA.
The Orlando Magic, however, a team on the brink but cannot get over the hump to bring home a title, are not likely to make many moves. This does not bode well for them.
The Magic were exposed in the Eastern Conference Finals. Vince Carter, who was once considered a future superstar, an heir to his Airness, has got to go. He wants no part of the playoff pressure. He looked happy in the Celtics series when he got pulled from the end of Game 4. He will not help you win a title. Trade him to a team who just needs talent.
Marcin Gortat is another move that backfired. It was quite obvious that other teams' strategy to beat Orlando was to get Dwight Howard into foul trouble. That's because Gortat is just another guy. He's not going to win you a trophy. So why are the Magic paying him so much?
Rashard Lewis was another shrinking violet in the Celtics series. The Magic are paying him huge money too. He can get it done in the regular season. He's good in the early rounds too. Problem is he throws up bricks in the big spotlight.
Those are three players I would look to move immediately.
What Orlando really needs to do is make a trade to move up in the draft.
They need to start trying to free up cap space so the next time this kind of free agent crop comes along, they won't be sitting on the sidelines.
Imagine if the Magic could get into the Dwayne Wade sweepstakes. Or how about Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki, or even LeBron? Team up any one of those guys with Howard and you're talking championship.
For right now, the Magic need to be in dumping mode. Playoff stiffs with big contracts need to go. Move up in the draft and who knows, they might get a guy who can put the ball in the hoop at crunch time.
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