“If I come in and do what I’m supposed to do, I don’t see why I’m not going to crack the rotation and play a lot of minutes,” Clark said.
This summer, Clark plans to work with Magic strength and conditioning coach Joe Rogowski, watch a lot of film, improve his jumper and make sure he knows Orlando’s plays and system heading into training camp next year.
“I want to be a great overall player, not just one-dimensional,” Clark said.
Arenas is the Magic’s highest-paid player — three more years at about $21 million per season — and can win fans over if he can produce.
Turkoglu is a mystery, although he looks like a guy who got too comfortable after signing a five-year, $50-million deal two years ago.
Ideally, the Magic would like to knock out multiple problems areas with one move this offseason if possible. The hope would be to upgrade at power forward and that player also could likely back up Howard at center. (An available player such as Clippers big man Chris Kaman comes to mind). Head coach Stan Van Gundy would also like a resolution at the point guard position where Jameer Nelson is the starter, Gilbert Arenas is the primary backup and Chris Duhon is the emergency third point guard. Arenas balked at the structure of the Magic’s offense, but Smith is hoping that very same structure can help Arenas resurrect his career. In many ways, Arenas’ ability to revive his career this offseason could be a defining moment for the Magic.
“We didn’t get to our goal, so it’ll take me a while and I’ll deal with it,” Vander Weide said Friday.
“As we get prepared to get through the summer and some of the business issues, we’ve got to keep thinking how do we get better and how do we improve this club and how do we not fall short of our goals? Everyone that works for the Magic feels the same way. We never, ever thought we’d be out in the first round. No, I’m not over it and I won’t be for a while.”
The superstar [Howard] could become a free agent after next season (he has an Early Termination Option), which means the clock is ticking to return this team to contender status and appease Howard. Sources close to the center have said he wants changes and believes the threat of leaving could force the front office to make moves. Howard knows this team won’t win a championship as currently constructed, which is why the Magic have a lot of work to do between now and training camp.
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