One of the bigger questions remaining for the Magic this offseason is the future of Romero Osby.
The 6-foot-8 power forward out of Oklahoma impressed the Magic in pre-draft workouts and continued to impress with his work ethic and versatility in Summer League. The only question was how he would fit in with the Magic.
Osby is a more natural power forward than a small forward and the Magic have a well-noted logjam at the position — so much so that it appears Maurice Harkless will see some time at shooting guard and Tobias Harris may see time at small forward so that Glen Davis and Andrew Nicholson can play more power forward.
The Magic have to find a spot for Osby.
That appears to be what the Magic and Osby are talking about. Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld reports the Magic offered Osby the required tender offer, pretty much a baseline offer intended to be a salary cap placeholder that allows a team to retain the draft rights to a player, a few weeks ago. Friday is the deadline to make such an offer, so the Magic did not give up Osby's rights.
The question is whether Osby actually makes the training camp roster and then the regular season roster. Well, maybe that is the wrong way to phrase it.
It appears, according to Kyler, that both the Magic and Osby do not want to bring Osby into training camp unless it is clear he will be able to get playing time and develop. From Kyler:
Osby and the Magic have had ongoing dialogue and both parties are fundamentally in the same place.
If the Magic have a roster spot for Osby this year and a chance for him to learn and grow as a player, they would like him in training camp, but if the Magic’s roster is as such that Osby won’t ever see development time, the best course might be to have him play overseas for a season and come to the Magic next year.
Kyler reports Osby's situation is not tied to Hedo Turkoglu's pending contract situation at all. There is a roster spot available to Osby, it is just a matter of finding him the right situation to develop and contribute to the Magic. That may not be what happens this season. That might be why he spends the year playing in Europe.
Fortunately for Orlando, it appears both the team and the player recognize the situation and wants Osby on the Magic either this year or in the future. As training camp gets closer, the Magic will have to make a decision on his place with the team or find him a spot for him to get the experience and playing time they want.