Here are a few quotes about why Orlando is kinda screwed with their cap situation. They will ultimately have to decide on signing Darko or one more FA and then trying to a win a title with that team. Maybe they can sign a few more cheap veterans but never another big name player without a great trade...so basically after this summer if they make a big move(including signing Darko) They"re gonna have to win a title with that team + future draft picks and MLE signings.
"For Orlando to go another route in free agency and pursue Rashard
Lewis or Vince Carter (two players connected to Orlando in rumors), it
will have to renounce the rights to Milicic. That would mean the Magic
would no longer hold Milicic"s Bird rights and would likely lose him.
If such were the case, Milicic"s tenure would have amounted to a
rental, in that the draft pick Orlando used to acquire him will have
been spent on the right to have him develop in Orlando for less than
Milicic is only 21 and has begun to play meaningful
minutes only in the past year. Orlando will be confronted with the
decision of whether to retain the still-developing Milicic or pursue a
veteran free agent.""What also must be factored into the equation for the Magic is that
in 2008 they will be confronted with the free agency of Dwight Howard
and Jameer Nelson. If they do elect to spend all their room this year
-- be it on Milicic, another team"s free agent, or a combination of the
two -- they would then be looking at a quickly and dramatically
escalating payroll in the future.
So, whenever the Magic decide
to lock into their cap room and convert it into players, they will do
so knowing that there is no going back. The assets they have to show
for their hard-earned financial discipline will be the ones with which
they proceed forward, and improvement from that point will come largely