|Orlando Magic 2012 Draft Preview |
|By John McMullen, NBA Editor |
The Orlando Magic hired Rob Hennigan as their new general manager last week and the new basketball chief has already laid off assistant GM Dave Twardzik and six scouts.
Obviously Hennigan's first order of business is Dwight Howard and whether the big man is going to be traded to Brooklyn or another NBA outpost. The entire philosophy behind building the Magic will change if Howard is sent out of town.
A lesser story in Central Florida, however, is point guard Jameer Nelson, the former All-Star who can opt out of his deal.
Finding an heir apparent to Nelson at No. 19 could be Hennigan's first order of business in his debut draft and it would be nice if North Carolina's Kendall Marshall fell but former Kentucky quarterback Marquis Teague, the younger brother of the Hawks' Jeff Teague, might be the more likely option.
Players Under Contract: C: Dwight Howard; F: Glen Davis; F: Hedo Turkoglu; F: Jason Richardson; F: Quentin Richardson; G: JJ Redick; G: Chris Duhon
Free Agents: F: Ryan Anderson (restricted); G: Jameer Nelson (early termination option)
Recent Draft History: 2011: DeAndre Liggins (53) 2010: Daniel Orton (29), Stanley Robinson (59) 2009: No picks 2008: Courtney Lee (22) 2007: Reyshawn Terry (44)
Draft picks: 1st round (19th overall), 2nd round (49th overall)