Over the next few weeks Orlando Magic Daily will be taking a look at the things that went right and wrong this season as Orlando ended its season with its first Lottery season in six years.
When Rob Hennigan took over the job as general manager of the Orlando Magic a little more than a year ago, he had a lot on his plate.
There was still a discontent superstar with an uncertain future demanding a trade as his team lost leverage with each passing minute. Hennigan put his staff in place, reorganized the Magic's front office and hired an inexperienced coach to lead what would become a development movement.
Hennigan had little time and little leverage to make a Dwight Howard deal happen. Howard was calling the shots and demanded -- more or less -- Brooklyn, Los Angeles or bust. It was seemingly clear he would not be returning to Orlando.
Then Hennigan pulled the trigger on the trade that likely will define him as a general manager and make or break his tenure with Orlando in many ways. He had to tear the whole thing down and give the Magic the best chance to build back up to create the "sustainability" the franchise wants so desperately.
The 30-year-old first-time general manager was almost universally panned for trading Dwight Howard, Earl Clark, Chris Duhon and Jason Richardson to the Lakers and Sixers for Nikola Vucevic, Arron Afflalo, Maurice Harkless and Al Harrington plus a group of future picks that have some complex protections and conditions on them.
The move, at the time, seemed like a bad one. Orlando elected not to receive either of the two All Stars involved in the trade -- Andrew Bynum went to Philadelphia while Andre Iguodala went to Denver -- and did not press for Pau Gasol from the Lakers to replace Howard in the middle. For those expecting the Magic to continue competing in the 2013 season, it was a big loss.no comments