NBA Trade Speculation: How Orlando Magic Could Land a Top-Flight Point Guard

Matt PasterCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2012

PHOENIX - DECEMBER 11:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball under pessure from Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic during the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 11, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Magic 106-103.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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This season has started off as well as can be expected for the Orlando Magic. There have been a few bumps in the road mostly attributed to early season conditioning and a shortened preseason. The team is playing with more passion this season, but they need that pass first point guard to get them over the hump.

While the Magic do not have the trade chips to acquire the two most coveted point guards in the league. I have an idea on a trade involving the Phoenix Suns that would benefit both teams. 

The Magic could send Steve Nash and Shannon Brown to the Magic for Jameer Nelson and JJ Redick.

Orlando would be getting the pass first point guard that they need to make a run at the playoffs, while the Suns would be getting two starters in return.

Jameer can run the up tempo Suns offense and has a penchant for shooting. JJ could eclipse Jared Dudley as the starting shooting guard or be instant offense off the bench as a sixth man. Both of these players would excel in that offense.

If Phoenix is looking to rebuild. JJ’s 2012 contract has a team option that the Suns can choose to drop. Jameer may be convinced to drop his player option or be bought out to free up more cap room for free agents.

In return, the Magic would be getting Nash who is a true facilitator. On top of his upside, his $11 million dollar salary will be coming off of the books next season.

Shannon Brown is a decent shooting guard off the bench and the Magic also have Larry Hughes who looks fresh this year.

Nash would reunite with former teammate Jason Richardson and this may be the most important reason the Magic would want to acquire him. Although Nash would improve Dwight’s game, Richardson needs a serious boost. Dwight can catch an alley-oop from anyone.