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
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
ORLANDO, Fla. – 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.