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The Orlando Magic will look to add depth at point guard and center before the season

The Orlando Magic don't plan any significant free-agent signings this offseason, but the team will look to add depth at point guard and at center before the start of training camp.

Jameer Nelson is ensconced as the team's starting point guard, and the team already has two potential backups to him on the roster: Victor Oladipo and E'Twaun Moore, who are natural shooting guards.

The Magic will not re-sign Beno Udrih, even though team officials like what he brought to the team after he arrived in a trade-deadline deal from the Milwaukee Bucks. Team officials are more interested in allocating playing time to younger players, and Udrih is 31 years old. Also, the Magic aren't looking to add any long-term salary commitments as they position themselves for the 2014 free-agent market.

The Magic are likely to bring in a player for a minimum-level salary who can be a third point guard -- a role similar to the one Ish Smith played at the beginning of last season.

One free-agent possibility for the Magic is A.J. Slaughter, a 6-foot-3 Western Kentucky University alumnus who most recently played for Cholet in the French league.

Magic officials have been pleased with Slaughter, 25, in summer-league practices, but his playing time has been limited in the exhibition games because the bulk of the time at point guard has gone to Oladipo and Doron Lamb.

Aside from the players who spent last season on the Magic roster, team officials are pleased with a pair of undrafted players on their summer league team: Kansas State shooting guard Rodney McGruder and Wisconsin center Jared Berggren.

The Magic have a logjam at shooting guard, with Arron Afflalo, Oladipo and Moore already under contract, and that likely doesn't bode well for McGruder.

Berggren, who is listed at 6-feet-11, has played in just one of Orlando's three summer league games. It will be interesting to see if he receives significant minutes when the Magic face the Philadelphia 76ers this afternoon.

Contrary to one published report, the Magic haven't had any significant discussions with center Brandan Wright, a free agent who played for the Dallas Mavericks last season.

Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at jbrobbins@tribune.com and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.

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