August means the meaty part of the offseason is over. Rob Hennigan does not have Dwight Howard to trade and there will not be some major August trade to pull us through the deadest month of the NBA calendar.
That likely means Orlando will let the Dwight Howard trade exception expire in 10 days.
The Magic have a pretty full roster and little desire to make any more moves. The point of the 2014 season will be to continue clearing cap space and letting young players like Andrew Nicholson, Tobias Harris, Maurice Harkless and Victor Oladipo grow. The only thing Orlando is likely waiting on is whether it will buy out Al Harrington and Hedo Turkoglu's contracts before the season starts.
So how did the Magic do?
Chad Ford of ESPN.com (Insider only) seemed to like what the Magic did this offseason, giving the Magic a "B-" for their offseason:
The rebuilding Magic scored the potential star of this year's draft and then sat on their hands the rest of the summer. The goal is to be bad enough to grab a high draft pick in 2014, and to that end, they achieved their goal.
My only qualm with the Magic was that they missed an opportunity to land Eric Bledsoe. With the Clippers pushing for a trade for Arron Afflalo, the Magic balked and missed a chance to get a potential point guard of the future.
So it seems Ford believes the Magic were a serious candidate to acquire Bledsoe. Considering the haul the Clippers got for Bledsoe -- J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley -- it does not seem that Arron Afflalo and other consideration would have been enough. And it also depends on exactly how the Magic evaluated Bledsoe as a future prospect and what his potential worth in the future might be.
Considering what the Magic's goals were this offseason, it seems like the team had a successful offseason. Sure there is still some pondering over the Jason Maxiell signing, but that seems to be about leading in the locker room through some of the change expected this season.
The big goal was in the Draft where the Magic got a solid player who should contribute to the organization's long-term future in the Draft and maintained cap space. The only thing left to do are those buyouts and the veterans' future with the organization.
The Magic were not going to become championship contenders in one offseason. In Rob Hennigan's first full offseason, he has continued to stay true to his principals in building the team.
What do you think?