Where Do the Orlando Magic Go with Their Roster from Here?

Jordan RodewaldContributor IIFebruary 26, 2013

Things won't get easier for the now even more depleted Magic.
Things won't get easier for the now even more depleted Magic.Harry How/Getty Images

When time expired on Thursday's trade deadline, the Orlando Magic had sent their fanbase a message that was loud, emphatic and could be summarized in two words: full rebuild. If that point wasn't already obvious prior to the deadline, it is now.

As reported by ESPN, the Magic sent J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith to the Milwaukee Bucks for Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb and Beno Udrih, while also sending Josh McRoberts to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Hakim Warrick and cash considerations.

But where do these moves leave the franchise in terms of the future?

General manager Rob Hennigan must now continue the process he started Thursday by further gutting the roster during the offseason.

In order to begin assessing future plans, the trades made—and potential missed opportunities—at the deadline must first be examined.

Acquiring Harris, Lamb and Udrih

As Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld touched on earlier this month, the Magic were seeking first-round draft picks and young talent for the services of Redick. On Thursday, they got one of the two.

That's not a terrible consolation though.

The 20-year-old Harris was the 19th overall selection in the 2011 NBA draft and prior to the start of the season caught the attention of at least one big name around the league. In a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blog, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers touted the potential of the youngster.

However, Harris has failed to improve the numbers from his rookie season despite having been on a Bucks team that attempted to provide him with ample opportunity—he started 14 games to begin the season—at small forward.

That said, there is certainly talent there, and Harris should see plenty of playing time the rest of the way if his debut Saturday night was any indication.

Meanwhile, Lamb's potential isn't quite as clear.

Even though he dazzled by shooting 47.5 percent from behind the three-point line during his two years at Kentucky, he's struggled at the NBA level. So far into his rookie season, Lamb is making 25 percent of the threes he's taken.

In his Orlando debut, Lamb played just over 10 minutes and failed to connect on any of the three shots he took. Though with Jameer Nelson, Al Harrington and Glen Davis all out with injuries and Hedo Turkoglu serving a 20-game suspension, Lamb should see the court a fair amount for the time being.

The last piece the Magic received for Redick was point guard Beno Udrih.

Not a whole lot needs to be said about Udrih. He'll likely finish the year serving as Nelson's backup—assuming Jameer gets healthy—and then the franchise will likely part ways with the 30-year-old who's in the final year of his contract.

Sending McRoberts to Charlotte

In a deal of lesser magnitude, the Magic sent McRoberts to the Bobcats in exchange for Warrick and cash considerations.

In 16.7 minutes of playing time per game this season, McRoberts was averaging 3.9 points and 3.3 rebounds. With the increasing role of Andrew Nicholson lately, the addition of Harris and the likeliness that Orlando will want to see what its young players have the rest of the way, there wasn't much opportunity for McRoberts.

As for Warrick, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday that the team had waived the veteran power forward:

The Magic will absorb the full $4 million that Warrick is owed this season unless another team acquires him off of waivers, notes Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors.

In addition, the future cash considerations should mean that Orlando gained a bit financially from this trade.

Future Outlook

While the Magic didn't get the first-round pick they were seeking, they did relatively decent in terms of the return for Redick.

Harris and Lamb are both young players who could potentially have bright futures ahead of them in the league. On the other hand, Udrih is a veteran point guard who provides the team with depth for the remainder of the season. After that, his $7.37 million comes off the books and frees up some cap space.

Orlando's main offseason focus will be June's draft. With each subsequent loss from this point on, its odds of winning the No. 1 pick continue to increase. The ability of management to make a pick that fits with the rest of Orlando's young core will greatly determine the success of the organization moving forward.

Aside from drafting well, the Magic must figure out what to do with Turkoglu and Harrington. With Turkoglu turning 34 in March and Harrington having just come off of his 33rd birthday, neither fit the youth movement being formed.

Turkoglu is scheduled to make $12 million during the 2013-14 season, but only $6 million of that is guaranteed. If Orlando can't find a suitor for him in the offseason, simply waiving him might not be a bad idea.

Harrington's situation is slightly different, but the same approach might need to be taken. When a team decides to go young, it's time to cut your losses and get rid of veterans taking up roster spots. Not to mention, the presence of Nelson will help groom the youngsters.

Regardless, the future is not quite clear yet.

The Magic got themselves into a mess with the Dwight Howard debacle. Now, in full rebuild mode, they must be patient and hope that the young talent they have and continue to acquire will pan out.


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