The Orlando Magic completed the first phase of their offseason last week with the NBA Draft. That day and the moves — or lack thereof — set the table for what is next and perhaps gave a clue about which direction the Magic were going.
They opted to focus their draft energy on bolstering the backcourt.
They picked guard Anthony Black and wing Jett Howard. Both players should be able to play any of the wing positions, so the positional nomenclature probably does not do them much justice. But the Magic seemingly filled their need for guard depth and some shooting with their draft.
The Magic were never going to complete their entire picture in one offseason. So do not view what eventually makes it to training camp as a final product. But the Magic still have work to do to put themselves in a position to complete their goals for the season.
The Orlando Magic are still working on their big picture and building their team for its future. Free agency is the next piece of that puzzle and the team should have plenty to target this offseason.
Orlando is once again working with the general directive to “level up.” While that is not a hard and fast statement for the team to make the playoffs or meet playoff expectations, everyone is feeling it.
Plenty of national pundits are pegging the Magic as the next young team to make the leap. Paolo Banchero has already placed playoff expectations on the team. Even coach Jamahl Mosley has to admit that the expectations for this team have increased:
That does mean the Magic have more work to do this offseason. With much of their backcourt figured out, expect the Magic to spend a good chunk of their attention in the next week on the frontcourt, bolstering their forward depth and finding a quality backup center to support Wendell Carter Jr.
The Magic have money to spend too — somewhere between $23-25 million if they keep Gary Harris. They could use that to acquire some contracts and some future assets or they could spend some of it now on players to add to their fold.
Orlando does not seem like it is going to be quiet like the team was in previous offseasons. This is not a summer simply to re-sign their own players. They need to add some players to bolster their frontcourt.
On the same hand, the Magic are set with their starters at all of those positions. And the team is not projected to have many roster spots open.
So far in our free agency coverage, we have pondered the team’s offseason needs. With free agency quickly approaching, it is time to put the focus instead on the players, the player types and the Magic’s actual potential targets in free agency this offseason.
Here are the players to know who the Magic could target.