By Dan Savage
July 21, 2017
ORLANDO – The NBA offseason movement market has been dominated by big names in the box office this summer.
They’ve garnered most of the media buzz and commanded the attention of critics around the country.
However, flying in under the radar, the Magic have had a successful offseason touring the film festival circuit. While they have not overloaded the budget on any of the offseason’s biggest names, they’ve effectively added quality players at the right price and also relinquished some of the pieces that did not fit their puzzle.
NBAMath.com’s Frank Urbina recently pointed out that the Magic have had the third-best offseason in the Eastern Conference. Using the site’s Total Points Added (TPA) model, Orlando’s ranking (151.57), falls behind only that of Philadelphia (298.56) and Charlotte (165.04) in the East this summer.
The Magic have benefited from adding Jonathan Isaac and Wesley Iwundu in the 2017 NBA Draft, plucking Jonathon Simmons and Shelvin Mack at bargain prices in free agency, and removing Jeff Green and C.J. Watson from their roster.
While it remains to be seen how these moves will translate into wins and losses, the Magic are hoping it helps propel them into the playoff race next season.