|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 9, 2011 at 3:45 AM|
The Magic have major issues in the hunt to keep their star Dwight Howard. Two major issues come to mind. The larger contracts of two players that kill the franchises chance to retain Howard in a Magic uniform.
This is from ESPN'S Roundtable:
5. Fact or Fiction: Dwight Howard will stay with Orlando after 2011-12.
Rob Mahoney, The Two-Man Game: Fiction. Howard's bizarre twisting of words and rules surrounding his future in Orlando (and his ability to sign an extension with the Magic) seems to suggest that he'll slink out the back door. It's hard to blame him, too; with Arenas and Turkoglu due over $66 million in the next two seasons, it will be hard for the Magic to make any substantial moves to improve. Other teams will likely offer brighter opportunities.
├?┬áThe Magic pay two players that have seen their better days. Arenas looks like he's ready to cash his check,and split on this team as soon as he can. Hedo hasn't played well since the 2009 Finals. The Magic wanted to relive some magic with Hedo,but like they say you can never go home again. The Celtics will have the money to spend in 2012,and the Celtics have Rondo one of the top point guards in the league if not the best at times,and he's the best passing point in the game.
Do the Magic have enough to keep Howard in Orlando? They need to sign J-Rich,and they need to figure who to play at power forward. Nelson isn't the same player,but he's a solid option,and he can run the team without a lot of mistakes. The hole on this team falls back to the two money sucking players. Arenas,and Hedo take a lot of money,but they don't give enough in return to make the Magic title contenders. The Magic don't seem to be the best in the East or even close right now. I don't think any trades are out there for the Magic. I don't see anyone taking on Hedo,or Arenas.