Life after Dwight Howard

Player development, Jacque Vaughn are keys to Orlando's rebuilding plan

Updated: August 18, 2012, 1:19 PM ET
By David Thorpe | ESPN Insider
Dwight Howard Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesWith Dwight Howard gone to L.A., the Magic move on ... but what's their plan?

What was Orlando thinking?

Fans and media were trying to make some sense of the Dwight Howard trade from the Orlando Magic's perspective. Some of the people who were most upset? General managers who felt they had a better deal on the table for the Magic.

To be fair, it's difficult to accurately judge this deal today. In three or four years, however, the evidence will be in, and we'll know if Orlando's plan was far better than what people think of it now.

But here's something we do know: Orlando chose Jacque Vaughn to be their head coach, and he will have more impact than anyone else in Orlando over the next few years. And if he's the kind of coach the Magic hope for, then the assets acquired in this deal will end up being far more valuable than anyone currently projects.