The Orlando Magic went to the Finals and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 in the 2008-2009 playoffs.
Otis Smith, the Magic's President and general manager, made significant changes in the Magic's roster to get to the Finals. There have also been several roster changes in each of the subsequent years.
Some have worked well, some have not.
Whether or not Smith's iterative process of building a team will yield a championship remains to be seen. However, he has proved that he is not shy about pulling the trigger.
Recently, Smith completed two transactions, one which brought back a player from the Magic's Eastern Conference Championship roster, to build a new team nucleus. The other brought much needed scoring punch to the Magic's bench. The trade is has received mixed reviews.
Critics say Smith gutted his reserve defenders to get more of what they already had. Supporters of the trade believe that the Magic got fresher, younger and more versatile. Either way, Smith made this trade weeks before the trading deadline. He may not be done.
In the one recent trade,
The Magic Acquired:
From the Phoenix Suns in exchange for:
The Magic's 2011 first-round pick and cash considerations.
In addition, the Magic Traded:
To the Washington Wizards in exchange for:
The following are 5 reason the Magic will win the Eastern Conference title because of these trades.