One issue dominated the Orlando Magic's 2012 offseason once the team hired a new general manager and a new coach. Above all else, team officials needed to determine what they were going to do with disgruntled all-star center Dwight Howard.

No single decision of that magnitude looms over the Magic this offseason.

Here's a look at some of the key decisions that must be made in the weeks and months ahead.

The draft

The Magic will emerge from the May 21 draft lottery with a top-four pick in the draft on June 27.

The Magic also will have the 51st overall pick.

This draft class is widely considered to be a weak one. No single player has been labeled by consensus as a perennial future all-star such as 2011 top overall pick Kyrie Irving and 2012 top overall pick Anthony Davis were when they were selected.

That said, it's critical for the Magic to make the most of their draft opportunity — to select a player who has the best long-range potential to be an all-star.

The San Antonio Spurs, for example, built their nucleus through the draft. Although Tim Duncan was the obvious choice to be selected first overall in 1997, the Spurs scouted well and made wise choices by picking Manu Ginobili late in the second round in 1999 and Tony Parker late in the first round in 2001.

DeQuan Jones' future

Undrafted last summer from the University of Miami, the 6-foot-8 wing man Jones made strides during his rookie season. He's one of the three most athletic players on Orlando's roster.

But he'll be a free agent on July 1.

The Magic can mark him as a restricted free agent if they make him a qualifying offer of $990,000 between the final game of the NBA Finals and June 30.

If Jones accepts a qualifying offer, he'd have a guaranteed contract for the upcoming season worth $990,000. But if Jones doesn't accept a qualifying offer, he would become a restricted free agent, which would give the Magic the right to match any offer sheet Jones receives in free agency.

If the Magic don't make Jones a qualifying offer, he would become an unrestricted free agent, and the Magic wouldn't have the right of first refusal.