Orlando's lack of depth in the frontcourt has reared it's ugly head as of late, and most feel that this current Orlando roster may be the fourth or fifth best team in the Eastern Conference, despite having the third best record. Magic general manager Otis Smith described the thinking behind Orlando's lack of activity at the deadline—
"We're not going to do a deal just because everybody else is dealing. If it was going to make us better, I could understand it. But there was nothing much that was going to make us a lot better."
Although Orlando couldn't pull the trigger on any trades, there is some help available as the New Jersey Nets waived veteran forward/center, Jamaal Magloire. Magloire is far from a world beater, but he's an experienced body that can defend in the post when Orlando center Dwight Howard is on the bench.
The 6'11". 260 lb. big man has played for five teams in his NBA career, after being selected with the 19th overall pick in the first round of the 2000 NBA draft by the then Charlotte Hornets. Magloire has one All-Star game appearance to his credit, in 2004, when he averaged 13.6 points and 10 rebounds.
If Orlando were to complete a deal for Magloire, it would almost certainly be just a blip on the radar of NBA moves, compared to the massive trades that brought Shaquille O'Neal to Phoenix, Pau Gasol to Los Angeles, and Jason Kidd back to Dallas, but the Canadian native would certainly help the Orlando frontcourt, as he has more athleticism than current Magic backup center Adonal Foyle, and would add a little more of an offensive presence.
With the news that Orlando forward/center Tony Battie will likely not return this season from his rotator cuff surgery, this may be the Magic's best move for help and depth behind Dwight Howard. Orlando general manager Otis Smith said that he would be "shocked" if Battie were healthy enough to return this season.
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