With little interest in the veteran point guard and his expiring contract, the Philadelphia 76ers have made the shock move of leaving Magic Johnson exposed to the expansion draft. While he's not exactly a future building block for a new franchise, he will sell plenty of tickets and could potentially be re-signed for a few more years on a cheaper contract. The Sixers made the tough decision to expose Magic, along with fellow guard Willie Anderson, mostly to save money for free agent duo Rod Strickland and Pervis Ellison.
"Whichever guy is taken, that's going to help us re-sign those guys," explained head coach Billy Cunningham. "As a coach, you dream of having a guy like Magic at your disposal, but sometimes you need to look at the bigger picture and work out what's best for the future of the franchise."
The Sixers are hoping to run a starting lineup of Strickland, rookie Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Danny Manning, Pervis Ellison and Arvydas Sabonis next season, with a bench featuring Clark Kellogg, Dee Brown, Sean Rooks and whichever of Magic and Anderson is not taken.