3QC programming note: Due to extenuating circumstances, there won't be a Fact or Fiction post as originally planned, today. However, there will be one tomorrow.
It's no secret that the Orlando Magic are fully in 'win now' mode, as has been exemplified by the aggressive posture ownership has taken this off-season in constructing a roster that is built to compete for a championship year in & year out.
With the Vince Carter trade, it's clear that the Magic have an immediate two-year window to win a title with him theoretically (Carter's contract runs guaranteed for two seasons). After that, all bets are off. It will be up to general manager Otis Smith to re-tool the team on the fly (perhaps as soon as the 2010-2011 season), once Carter leaves Orlando. Fortunately for Smith, a number of players on the squad are young so retooling shouldn't be too difficult of a task. The core (Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Jameer Nelson) will stay relatively the same, barring any unforeseen circumstances, but surely some roll players will come and go as time surpasses. It'll be very interesting to see what happens with the Magic between now and then
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