Although he has no salary-cap room remaining -- only the veteran's minimum of $1.2 million to offer -- Magic General Manager Otis Smith still has his sights set high as he continues working to fill the last two spots on the roster for next season.
Smith said Friday that he has been talking with free-agent veterans Chris Webber and P.J. Brown, among others. Webber finished last season in Detroit, but the Pistons may not re-sign him. Brown played last season in Chicago, but the Bulls are not interested in re-signing him. He said he will consider retirement but may play another year.
Although the Magic signed free-agent forward Rashard Lewis to a multi-year contract, they still are trying to plug the hold left by the departure of Darko Milicic, who signed in Memphis.
"We're just talking about insurance, someone reliable who can give us 10-12 minutes a night," Smith said. "We're going to be patient."
The Magic are expected soon to sign former second-round pick Marcin Gortat, a center/forward, but they also are looking for someone with more experience.
Smith also said Friday that he will continue to talk with Jameer Nelson's agent about a possible contract extension, but there is nothing close and he doesn't expect anything before October.