The Need For A Big

We all know Dwight Howard‘s situation – he waived his Early Termination Option at the trade deadline. He is scheduled to become a restricted free agent after the 2012-13 season, but most expect the Magic to trade him before that happens.

The Magic used a three-man rotation of Howard, Ryan Anderson and Glen Davis this season (and Earl Clark at different times) with second-year man Daniel Orton seeing action when Howard went down with his back injury.

Anderson is a restricted free agent, Clark has a player option worth $1,240,000 and Davis has three years and $19.4 million left on his deal. Orton is an unrestricted free agent. RookieJustin Haprer has one year left on his deal worth $762,195.

Clearly, the Magic showed they lacked a true center to throw into games for Howard and although Davis did an admirable job at center, that’s something that needs to be addressed this offseason. Plus, the Magic could lose Howard, Anderson, Clark and Orton, meaning they may spend a lot of their offseason looking for other options up front.

First, we’ll take a look at some of the unrestricted free agents the Magic may be interested in.

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(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider ( and is the co-host of the Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him onTwitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)

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