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Steve Clifford wants Magic to take advantage of their roster ‘continuity’


Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford says it’s important for the Magic to take advantage of their roster “continuity.”

Orlando re-signed Nikola Vucevic, Terrence Ross and Michael Carter-Williams this offseason. The Magic also signed Al-Farouq Aminu in free agency, a veteran who has playoff experience under his belt.

“I would say this, the offseason is for improvement and you want to do it externally and internally. You want to improve whatever way that you can – trades, draft picks and free agency. Adding Al-Farouq (Aminu) was big for us obviously, but being able to bring (Nikola Vucevic), (Terrence Ross), Khem (Birch) and Michael Carter-Williams back, that’s so big for us. Those are four guys who played really well for us last year,” Clifford told John Denton of Magic.com.

“The continuity party, again, that will be determined by our approach going forward. Often, we look at professional athletes as if they’re a given. The thing for us to all understand is this – we played better because we put a lot into it. The consistent players put a lot into it every year. And the really talented players who don’t really ever reach the level that they should, it’s because they have a fluctuation in their focus from year to year. It’s important that we take advantage of the continuity that we have here and we have a similar approach to the one that we had at the end of last season.”

The Magic made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2012. Despite losing to the Toronto Raptors in the first round in five games, it was still a step in the right direction for Orlando.

Now, Steve Clifford and the Magic will look to make the next jump in 2019-20.