With a plethora of bad contracts, a superstar that apparently wants out and two starters that could potentially move on, the Magic really need to dump salary.
However, that isn’t an easy thing to do. With their large contracts and underwhelming production, no team wants to take on the likes of forward Hedo Turkoglu and point guard Chris Duhon.
Moving bad contracts surely isn’t impossible and the Magic might just have the tool to do it with the 19th overall pick, according to our buddy Steve Kyler of Hoops World.
As things stand today the Magic have some options they can explore this summer with Magic guard Jameer Nelson and forward Earl Clark both poised to opt out of their contracts before July 1st. Forward Ryan Anderson can become a restricted free agent and JJ Redick has a non-guaranteed year on his deal.
If the Magic pass on all of them, they could get their cap commitments down to $50.43million giving them $7 or so million in salary cap room to pursue free agents. The #19 pick represents a salary of $1,181,800 this year and $1,235,000 next year, and it seems that cap space is more valuable than the player the team could acquire.
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