A team in rebuilding mode must always consider every trade option that presents itself. Sometimes, it means jettisoning popular players for the sake of obtaining prospects and picks for the future. It can involve making many deals that the fans are just not happy with. However, GMs can't consider only the fans when attempting to restructure a team and return it to competitiveness.
This will be the situation the Magic face.
They have a few hold-overs from the Dwight Howard era that fans won't want to see traded, but general manager Rob Hennigan must not be afraid to make the unpopular moves, and I don't think he will be. Ergo, a couple of the guys in this slide show, Magic fans just won't want to see leave. It's only many years hence that these same fans will be applauding Hennigan for such moves.
We're going to take a look at five trade assets the Magic have that could help propel them back into the ranks of NBA contenders.
Will it take time? Sure.
But it has to start somewhere, and these moves could help the team evolve into the kind of club that can again reach the NBA Finals, as the Magic have in 1996 with Shaquille O'Neal and 2009 with Howard.