Wednesday , May , 03 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Magic promote Smith to GM

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic on Wednesday promoted Otis
Smith to the position of general manager while announcing Dave Twardzik will
maintain his role as an assistant general manager.

Smith and Twardzik were both promoted to the role of assistant general manger
on June 27, 2005.

Smith’s new responsibilities will include player acquisitions, player
development, scouting and salary cap management. However, Smith has already
shown his ability to do that for the Magic in his former role.

The former director of player development helped Orlando acquire center Darko
Milicic and guard Carlos Arroyo from Detroit in February and followed that
move up a week later by getting guard Anfernee Hardaway — along with his
expiring contract — and forward Trevor Ariza from New York for guard Steve

“In a short amount of time, Otis has done a tremendous job in regards to
player acquisitions, while at the same time, setting us up for the future,”
said Magic president Bob Vander Weide. “He brings a wide range of experience,
great energy, dedication, leadership and vision to our basketball operations.”

Smith helped the Magic lock down future talent by signing forward Dwight
Howard and guard Jameer Nelson to contact extensions while also extending
forward Tony Battie’s deal.

Prior to joining Orlando, Smith spent the 2002-03 season as executive director
of basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors. He also spent three
years as a player for the Magic, including their inaugural season in 1989.