The Magic's new front office has not really put its mark on the roster. Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier are still around as the core built by dismissed general manager Rob Hennigan -- the same young players with whom Orlando fans spent years trying to stay patient. President of basketball operations Jeff Weltman and GM John Hammond brought in veterans and a high-ceiling rookie in Jonathan Isaac, but the changes were more internal than anything. However, with new leadership comes a fresh start and lots of room to operate and make mistakes. But therein lies the issue for the Magic's upcoming season. This is an experienced roster that's been around for a while. At this point there should be an expectation of playoffs, but the front office is new and expecting it to have a playoff team ready to go would be unfair. Even bottoming out could be a positive: That sets the new front office up for a high draft pick and a chance to draft a future piece. For a new regime, gaining a chance to hit the reset button could be as valuable as an immediate playoff run. However, with a roster already set in place there isn't any reason to rush into anything. Judging what would be an actual successful season in Orlando is impossible at this point. So instead of setting expectations, let's let the Magic build expectations to be set.
For the Magic to have expectations, they'll need to build expectations first
CBS Sports | Oct 4