• Magic optimistic following 1st year without Howard

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)  (AP)'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.

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