Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
Trading for Eric Bledsoe would allow Orlando to draft a shooting guard at No. 2.
Early mock drafts via ESPN Insider had the Orlando Magic selecting a point guard at No. 2 with no prospect on the roster behind 31-year-old Jameer Nelson. With a proposed trade with the Los Angeles Clippers in play, it appears they will be looking elsewhere at No. 2.
According to ESPN, the deal would send 23-year-old point guard Eric Bledsoe to the Magic in exchange for shooting guard Arron Afflalo. Other assets, such as Andrew Nicholson or future picks, could also be sent to the Clippers.
While the Clippers don't necessarily want to move a prospect like Bledsoe, he has been underutilized playing behind Chris Paul. Acquiring Afflalo would give them a solid 3-and-D 2-guard who would strengthen their starting unit.
Acquiring Bledsoe would give the Magic their point guard of the future. It would also let them use their pick on a shooting guard.
Assuming that either Len or Kentucky's Nerlens Noel is selected No. 1, the Magic would have their choice of Oladipo or Kansas' Ben McLemore at No. 2.
Pairing Oladipo and Bledsoe would create a nightmare defensive backcourt for opponents. Both players have high motors and can generate steals. With their athleticism, they would also be great in transition offensively.
McLemore is the superior offensive player of the two, with the best-looking jumper of any prospect available. There are question marks about his commitment and ability to be a go-to guy, but his upside could tantalize the Magic.
Either way, trading Afflalo would open up a wing position for whichever rookie the Magic are higher on. It would also give them one of the best under-25 backcourts in the NBA.