For the first three and a half seasons of Jeff Weltman’s tenure as Orlando Magic president of basketball operations, few of his counterparts from rival teams knew exactly how Weltman intended to maneuver the team toward title contention. Just how long would Weltman continue to rely on a veteran nucleus of Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier? Would Weltman ever tear the roster down and rebuild?

That pathway is finally clear now after the Magic traded Vucevic, Gordon and Fournier, added prospects, added future picks and subsequently drafted Jalen Suggs and Franz Wagner.

So how well, if at all, have the Magic positioned themselves for the future? What will determine whether their new rebuild will succeed? And what would make their 2021-22 season a success?

To answer those questions and more, The Athletic has teamed front-office expert John Hollinger and beat writer Josh Robbins to discuss the franchise’s present and future. Hollinger, now a The Athletic staff writer, worked as the Memphis Grizzlies’ vice president of basketball operations for seven years and also is one of the pioneers in basketball analytics. Robbins has covered the team Magic the 2009-10 season. This is their conversation.

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