I received a question from a reader via Twitter the other day.

"Do you think the Magic will be interested in Tayshaun Prince?" the reader asked me. "And what do you think his price range will be?"

That would be a great question for a normal offseason.

But for better or worse, this is not a normal offseason. Not even close.

The current collective bargaining agreement will expire on July 1, and right now, the owners and the players’ union are far, far away from reaching a deal.

And until that agreement is reached and then ratified by the players, no one knows what the new CBA will look like.

How will the salary cap be structured in future seasons? Will there be a hard cap? Will exceptions to the cap even exist?

Those are only a few of the questions that need to be answered before the Magic can develop a coherent strategy for free agency.

Indeed, the talks between the owners and the union might drag on and on. And, remember: The free-agency period won’t begin until after a new CBA is ratified.

So it could be a long, frustrating summer for fans across the league.

Magic fans understandably want to know what moves the team will make after the team lost in the playoffs’ first round.

No wonder someone would ask about Prince, who, in any normal year, could help Orlando with his defense, scoring ability and experience as long as he’s injury-free.

Normally, the free-agency period would start in July, and the speculation machine already would be humming along — and rightly so.

This year, however, fans, players and teams may have to wait until September, October or even longer.

And with a new CBA a long way away, any talk about the specific free agents the Magic might persue is premature.

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