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The roster the Orlando Magic have today is likely the one they'll have when the playoffs begin, reports David Baumann of Bright House Sports Network. Citing a source within Orlando's front office, Baumann says the Magic are "unlikely to hit up the waiver wire" to sign recently waived or bought-out players. However, Baumann says such a move "isn't out of the question," suggesting if the right player came along for the right price, Orlando may indeed shuffle its roster for the playoff push.
NBA players who have appeared in at least one game during the 2011/12 season must clear waivers by March 23rd to be eligible to play in the postseason for their new team. The lit of veterans who have received buyouts includes center Ronny Turiaf, point guard Derek Fisher, and swingman Terrence Williams. Combo forward Andres Nocioni and swingman Jason Kapono have also received buyouts in recent days.
A poll of Orlando Pinstriped Post readers indicates Turiaf and Fisher are the most intriguing free-agent pickups, at least according to Magic fans.
Notably, the Magic expressed an interest in trading for Turiaf in 2010 as they sought a new backup center for Dwight Howard; they jad just dealt Marcin Gortat to the Phoenix Suns as part of the blockbuster deal that netted Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Earl Clark. Unable to find a suitable backup center via trade, Orlando opted to play Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson at center, with veteran big man Malik Allen seeing spot minutes there as well.
As the Magic currently have 15 players, if they were interested in signing a player for the postseason push, they'd need to clear a roster spot for him. The most likely players to be waived are third-string point guard Ish Smith and little-used rookie center Daniel Orton. Neither player is under contract for the 2012/13 season.