Magic Rumors: Orlando Magic's Ryan Anderson Traded for Gustavo Ayon
I'm told New Orleans Hornets will acquire Ryan Anderson via sign-and-trade deal with Orlando. Deal is on verge of completion today— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 8, 2012
Moments after this Twitter feed posted, Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune tweeted some additional information:
Do you think the Ryan Anderson trade has anything to do with a future Dwight Howard deal?
I'm told Magic's sendoff of Ryan Anderson to NO isn't precursor to a Dwight deal...Ryan's price tag getting too high for Magic's taste.— J.A. Adande (@jadande) July 8, 2012
Finally, Adrian Wojnarowski of Y! Sports tweeted the following information:
Y! Sources: Orlando's Ryan Anderson agrees to a four-year, $36 million contract in sign-and-trade to New Orleans. tinyurl.com/87lqna2— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 8, 2012
There is no telling what the Orlando Magic are trying to accomplish here. Are they looking to completely start over and rebuild from scratch?
If this move indicates the Magic are going into rebuild mode, it would seem as if Brooklyn would be completely wiped out of the Howard sweepstakes, as their draft picks can presumably be projected in the 20s for the next few years.
The Houston Rockets, who have been reportedly doing everything in their power to acquire D12, may have just become the front-runners for Howard. They have an assortment of young players and low-projected draft picks they could offer Orlando.
Meanwhile, it seems the Lakers should still be in the running as Andrew Bynum would be an incredible piece to build any franchise around.
Gustavo Ayon is coming off his rookie season, in which he averaged 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 20 minutes per game.
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