Cohen's Analysis: It’s easy to forget about it, but remember, the Magic still have that $17.9 million trade exception. It was attained from last summer’s blockbuster Dwight Howard trade.

There are a variety of ways this exception can be used, however it’s possible that letting it expire could be in Orlando’s best interest.

One of the primary goals for the Magic is to free up as much as salary cap space as possible for the next couple of summers. Acquiring a player with a massive contract would negate that from happening.

On the other hand, one strategy Orlando could flirt with is trying to negotiate a deal in which the Magic absorb a team’s bad contract but require that team to also surrender an unprotected or limited protected draft pick. It all would depend on the Magic’s main focus, stockpiling on draft picks or having sufficient cap space to eventually sign quality free agents.




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