Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Is this really the best that the Orlando Magic could do?
Rob Hennigan didn't land Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum or Brook Lopez, instead settling for a deal that emptied his roster of Dwight Howard for far less intriguing players.
Yes, the Magic eventually had to bite the bullet and trade away their star center, but surely they could have gotten a little bit more in return?
Arron Afflalo is an intriguing young shooting guard with plenty of potential on the defensive end of the court, but he's not exactly a franchise centerpiece.
The 26-year-old 2-guard averaged 15.2 points, 2.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game last season with a below-average player efficiency rating (PER) of 14.76. The opposing PER of 13.7 that he allowed opposing shooting guards to post—according to 82games.com—was impressive, but doesn't change his status as a (non-)franchise player.
Similarly, Nikola Vucevic and Maurice Harkless both have some upside, but neither was thought of highly enough to go in the lottery of their respective drafts. There's a serious limit to their upside.
Vucevic was efficient and effective during his time on the court as a rookie for the Philadelphia 76ers, but it's anyone's guess as to whether that will remain true when he averages more than 15.9 minutes per game.
As for Harkless, the sky is the limit for him, but only if we're referring to his jumping ability.
Besides the protected first-round picks that the Magic will receive from each team, Al Harrington was the last piece in the deal going. He's already 32 and clearly isn't a player the Magic want to build around.
This is by no means a terrible trade from the Magic's perspective, but they could have done far better with either a little more patience in the last week, or a little less hesitance in the past few months.