It seems pretty apparent to me that our style of play has been successful for the Regular season over SVG tenure as a Magic coach. But each time we have been knocked out of the Playoffs (Pistons in 2008, Lakers in 2009, Celtics in 2010 if things don’t change) our Power Forwards have not played like Power Forwards, rather like Small Forwards which is Rashard natural position.
In no way, is this anything against Rashard Lewis. I feel he's an exceptional player in our system. He has maximized playing alongside Dwight Howard and has been a potent shooter ever since his arrival 3 years ago. But it seems apparent to me, that we need more interior toughness. Rashard Lewis is far from tough. We need somebody else that will be able to get us 10rebs a game while also being able to consistently get baskets in the paint and the perimeter when needed.
Collectively both Lewis and Bass are due a lot of money over the next 3 seasons, 78M to be exact:
Lewis/Bass: 2010/11 - 20.5M & 4M = 24.5M total
Lewis/Bass: 2011/12 - 22.1M & 4M = 26.1M total
Lewis/Bass: 2012/13 - 23.7M & 4M = 27.7M total
The Magic have more than enough cap space to match the demand of any Power Forward currently on the market demanding for a three year max deal, especially if a Sign and Trade is needed to obtain the player and the team receives compensation of ours.
I feel the Magic should aggressively a pursue Bosh, Boozer and Amare in that particular order. Dwight has a great relationship with both Bosh and Boozer. Boozer has also been spotted at a few Magic Playoff games over the past 2 seasons. Amare is also a talent but I think a transition with Dwight and Amare wouldn't be a seamless one as with Bosh or Boozer.
I feel it's imperative the Magic change their Power Forward for a grittier and tougher player. History has shown that if not we will be in the same position next year again.