Gordon, Vuc and Evan are entering their 7th season together.
You can't even make that crap up...
The lack of desire to do anything, to move anybody, to even choose direction from this front office is one of most annoying things about Orlando Magic in last 2 decades. Sure there were some crappy times, there was whole 2013 sh** fest, there was Payton and Hezonja era, there was post Dwight depression but at least we all somewhat understood direction. it was Orlando Magic, post Howard- rebuilding saga.
What execlly is Orlando now? We are not contender, that's a given. We are not building team, no cap flexibility, we are going nowhere. And we are not rebuilding team, we are not even lottery team for crying out loud nor we want rookies. We just flushed 2 second round picks for nothing and refused to re-sign previous second round picks.
There is great article on OPP how directionless and flat out depressing Orlando Magic offseason has been so farhttps://www.orlandopinstripedpost.com/2020/11/22/21589345/orlando-magic-wes-iwundu-james-ennis-gary-clark-2020-nba-free-agency
if anybody bothers, enjoy
hell, there is juicy part that sums everything so well
Decision makers in Orlando’s front office likely feel that they need clarity regarding these numbers before they can make definitive decisions about the roster pieces around their two young hopefuls. But herein lies the problem: pushing major decisions further down the line is degrading the value of any players they may eventually decide to move on from, as well as limiting the team’s ability to put together a plan for the pieces they’ll need two or even three years down the line. The Magic are a team that projects to have neither juicy draft picks nor significant cap space in the next few years, while the odds of internal improvement are growing slimmer. It’s not a great combination!
There are some genuine ‘rock and hard place’ dynamics at play here for Orlando. The team hasn’t found the sort of transformational talent needed to ensure genuine competitiveness, and now there are bills coming due that promise to lock up the team’s ability to add to any core as they move into the next phase. In this instance it doesn’t seem that the decision making processes have helped; there’s a real feeling of things being more reactive than proactive, which makes getting ahead at any point incredibly difficult.
The problem this offseason — like it has been at similar flash points in the recent past — is that the Magic have appeared indecisive. Only the most optimistic of souls would believe that the ceiling of the team as currently constructed hasn’t largely been known for the better part of twenty-four months now. But in exercising patience and adopting a protracted ‘wait and see’ period of evaluation, the front office have now pushed their decision-making timeline almost to its end — and breaking — point. The veterans are aging. The youth are about to get paid. The options available are dwindling as Orlando are backed further and further into the corner.
The Magic are stuck in the morass that is the NBA’s middle ground. The opening salvo in this offseason, again, did little to suggest the team is ready to move on from their current mediocrity and navigate the difficult years ahead in successful fashion. More than anything I would love to be proven wrong, but there’s an evident sense of familiarity that isn’t comforting in its presence. Fingers crossed the future will prove more favorable.