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Magic Seeking More Draft Picks

When they sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers, the Magic netted five draft picks in the deal, including three first-rounders. While that's certainly a good start, the Magic would like to continue adding more future picks, according to Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel. Schmitz tweets that the Magic hope to be able to take on salary from teams looking to avoid the luxury tax, if it means landing more draft picks.

The Magic don't have cap space to absorb salary at the moment, but they do have a massive $17.8MM trade exception, acquired in the Howard trade, which they have a year to use. Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld wrote earlier today that it's unlikely Orlando uses that TPE to acquire an impact player, but it could be useful for taking on other teams' unwanted salary. Of course, as an over-the-cap club, the Magic are approaching the tax line themselves, so I doubt they'll want to pass that threshold and spend that kind of money on a lottery-bound roster.

Another player that could be on the move in Orlando's rebuild is Al Harrington, acquired from the Nuggets in the Howard deal. Schmitz tweets that Harrington would prefer to remain in Orlando for the forseeable future, but that the forward will "likely" be moved either this season or next summer. Harrington's contract could be attractive to prospective suitors, since only 2012/13 is fully guaranteed.

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