The Orlando Magic’s season has come to a close.
It has been nearly a week since the Magic took the floor together for the final time in Miami and then met at the AdventHealth Training Center for their final formal meetings with coaches and staff.
As president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman noted, the culture around the NBA has certainly changed where those exit interviews are not as final as they once were. Players are not going to be out of the gym for very long and the team is going to be able to keep an eye on any players who stay in town.
Basketball never stops. And while the games for the Magic have stopped. There is still a lot to get to this offseason.
The Orlando Magic are expected to have an active and busy offseason. Here is the road map and calendar for what is going to come very soon.
For the Magic, this is expected to be a big offseason. One where the team might begin adding players and making moves to climb up the standings in a more significant way.
The team showed that it is capable of winning — or at least playing at a .500 level — for most of the season after they shed their injuries. It is clear the team has some work to do to reach its next level.
But for the first time in a long time, it is hard to deny the Magic are a potential force to be reckoned with. They may very well have one of the brightest futures in the league.
That could easily get snuffed out with a poor offseason or making the wrong moves. There will be plenty of decisions to make on that front — including potential long-term extensions for Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony that will go a long way to determining the team’s direction and future moves.
But the offseason is just starting and the team will have to take everything at the same time and in turn. Everything happens all at once and on a strict calendar.
So as the Magic begin their offseason and finish decompressing from the grind of the season, they will be watching the playoffs to gain whatever lessons they can — success leaves clues, as Weltman says — and preparing for their own offseason.
For your benefit, here is an eye on the offseason calendar for the Magic: