Magic GM Smith Answers Fans' Burning Questions
Magic general manager Otis Smith described the season as a "failure." As an organization, the bar has been raised.
"We set the bar," stated Smith. "And the bar is a championship. Anything less than that, rests on my head."
Smith believes the Magic need to make up an "eighth of an inch" between themselves and the NBA's best teams.
What holes need to be filled?
Orlando only has one point guard, with Jason Williams and Anthony Johnson having expiring contracts. Smith described both players as being “long in the tooth."
Turnovers hurt the Magic throughout the season. The effect of Orlando's occasional sloppy play became magnified against the Celtics. More ball handlers would alleviate pressure on Nelson to keep the ball moving.
How much will the roster change?
Smith clearly believes the Magic can compete as is. That said, Smith predicts only minor roster adjustments.
Simply put, the Magic will be looking to get better at the wing and point guard position. Somehow, I can still see Smith performing his NBA Jedi magic, and adding a true power forward.
Will the team keep J.J. Redick?
My rock solid pick for NBA free-agency, J.J. Redick stays in Orlando.
The organization values Redick.
Smith indicated as such, "We'll do what we can to keep him."
What are the Magic's draft plans?
Smith did a great job finding Courtney Lee two years ago. Orlando has the 29th pick in the first round, and the 59th pick in the second.
Orlando hopes to get better via the draft—but if they can't, expect a deal.
Orlando's approach—make the team better—could mean that Smith trades the picks, getting more seasoned talent in return.
Here is the complete article from bleacherreport.com.