Heading into this NBA regular season, the Orlando Magic went through some pretty drastic changes in the offseason in order to upgrade their roster and be able to compete with the likes of the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers if they were able to get back to the NBA Finals.
Despite Eastern Conference heavyweights like the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics upgrading their rosters in the offseason, the Orlando Magic felt confident that they could compete to be a title contender once again.
The one player they weren’t able to convince the come back to Orlando to try and compete for an NBA title was free agent Hedo Turkoglu.
Last season Turkoglu played a huge part in the Orlando Magic’s success in the offseason as he hit big shot after big shot and was the go-to guy in late game situations.
Unfortunately, Turkoglu was looking to cash in on his recent success in the playoffs and wanted to make the big money from here on out. As a result, he talked back and forth with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Toronto Raptors, but ultimately went to play alongside Chris Bosh in Toronto.
Despite the Toronto Raptors seeming like they would be vastly improved with Turkoglu, the team failed to make the playoffs and now seem to be on the verge of losing Chris Bosh to free agency this summer.
Even though maybe was the right decision to enter free agency sign a big deal, Turkoglu lost a chance at competing for a title with his old team and may never get another chance like he had with the Orlando Magic.
As a result of losing Turkoglu to free agency, the Orlando Magic went out and made deal to get another game changer and proven scorer in the high flying Vince Carter from the New Jersey Nets.
Even though many people believed that he was arguably on the downside of his career in the NBA, the Magic had faith in the former All-Star and pulled off the trade which would bring him back to his home state of Florida.
Ultimately, despite the Orlando Magic being able to get all the way back to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics, the addition of Vince Carter proved to be somewhat of a bust as he could not step up his game when the team needed him the most. The addition of Carter might pay off in the years to come, but in the meantime I’m sure the Magic are regretting pursuing Hedo Turkoglu during the offseason.
Now that the Orlando Magic have been knocked out of the playoffs and the Boston Celtics will advance to the NBA Finals to face the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, the question remains on whether or not Orlando should pursue some of the big name free agents this summer.
Obviously, unlike the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers, the Orlando Magic do not have the money to throw at these big name players, but they definitely need to do something in order to be able to consistently compete with the best of the best in the league.
Personally, I won’t be surprised to see the Orlando Magic pulled off some kind of sign-and-trade deal to bring another big name player to Florida, but you never know what will happen with so many talented players on the open market.