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Magic remaining optimistic after posting league's worst record following Dwight Howard trade

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    Orlando Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn calls out a play during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (The Associated Press)

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    From right, Orlando Magic's Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle O'Quinn and Maurice Harkless observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Monday, April 15, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (The Associated Press)

It's hard to find much silver-lining in the Magic's first season without Dwight Howard.

Orlando posted a league-worst 20-62 record and is back in the NBA draft lottery for the first time since 2006 with the best opportunity to land the top pick.

Combined with a cache of young talent, future draft picks and increasing salary cap space going, it has given the Magic's front office a lot to be optimistic about.

General manager Rob Hennigan says he's not satisfied in the first season of the rebuilding process, but thinks they have begun setting a foundation that will start to pay off moving forward.

That includes the likely departure of a handful of veterans, like Hedo Turkoglu and Al Harrington, who don't seem to fit into those long-term plans.