With Howard off the market for now...
With Howard staying with the Magic for now that must mean the Magic think they can do something to prove they are contenders. What can they do? I don't think they have any good trade assets to get another player in Orlando and no cap space...I think the Magic are just prolonging the inevitable
Scalabrine and the Janitor are off the market so not much.
Bring back Darko? I mean, I have no idea. I felt like the Portland trade talk was a bunch of garbage and for now it sure looks like it was. I think they are obviously prolonging the inevitable. The Magic have no real tradeable assets anyone would want, other than Dwight Howard. They seem to be in the free agent market for nobody, as they are already in a poor cap situation. I think their is zero chance they keep Dwight unless he has absolute confidence in his ability to lead Orlando to a championship. So, he's gone, just depends on what Orlando feels is a reasonable asking price or if they are actually delusional enough to believe he stays.
Mikey, you just made me feel older than Proud Grandpa by calling me out on butchering someone's nickname. Because the guy who's nickname I got wrong isn't a young muscian or actor who just hit the scene, but a bald 34 year old guy.
Yeah, Magic probably won't be able to make any moves that will help much this season. I think the team's biggest need is a solid defender at SF. If they get one of those guys, they would give themselves a chance to replicate what the Mavs did last year. Maybe they could help facilitate the Paul deal and get Ariza in the process(according to ESPN, Magic have trade exceptions). I personally gave the Mavs no chance before the playoffs last year b/c they only had one superstar surrounded by role players. Dirk's supporting cast played amazing during the playoffs and Dirk consisently played like the best guy on the court. I've never seen Dwight do anything like that, but if he does, based on very recent history, Magic can contend.
As a Magic fan, I don't think we will be seriously contenders this year, but I'm glad we're not trading him. Something I've learned this past month is that a majority of the teams in the league are more concerned about making money than winning a championship. If it was about money, Orlando would have traded Howard for enough pieces to field a 45-win team the next three years. Last time the Magic tried to trade a top-10 player in his prime, T-Mac brought back Franchise, Mobley, and Cato. Of course, those guys didn't help the Magic much, but consider this: If Orlando gave away McGrady for nothing, they would have been bad enough in D12's rookie season to draft Chris Paul the next year. All I'm saying is, trading a superstar is always the wrong move if the goal is championships (don't believe me, do some research). If you just want to be competitive enough to sell tickets, then it's fine. I can understand if an owner's just doing enough to pull in a solid profit. I can respect that. I'm personally glad my team's starting to figure it out. You're a freaking superstar Dwight, how about you pull a D-Wade/Kobe and try to get guys to play with you? Don't be a Lebron or Melo. We know how real champions act.
The magic needs alot SG SF PF I'm not sold on Nelson either. This team is in trouble.