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Orlando Magic Needs: A point guard, young talent, cap space and draft picks.
Houston Rockets Needs: Perimeter defense, three-point shooting, a better backcourt fit for James Harden.
The deal: ORL sends Arron Afflalo to HOU for Jeremy Lin.
Why it makes sense: The first season of the Lin-Harden backcourt had its ups and downs, but defensively it's easy to see that the Rockets will be challenged with that pairing. Because Lin isn't a spot-up shooter and needs the ball in his hands, he's certainly not an optimal offensive pairing for Harden, either.
When Lin went down with an injury in the playoffs, Patrick Beverley stepped up big time and put up impressive numbers in his place. Beverley is a great defender and athlete, and he's a good enough stand-still shooter to work more effectively next to Harden. He's ready for a bigger role.
Surrounding Dwight Howard with perimeter shooting offensively has worked in the past. If Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu can play power forward, so can Chandler Parsons. He played there in smaller lineups last season, and the Rockets wouldn't have to sacrifice their mentality or production by plugging Parsons in at the 4.
Afflalo, a 38.3 percent career three-point shooter, would give the Rockets a defender capable of grabbing the toughest wing assignment every night to spare Harden's energy. Engaged on a contender and in the right role, Afflalo could become the league's premier three-and-D player.
The Rockets would be very small with Beverley, Harden, Afflalo and Parsons all on the court together, but they'd be incredibly deadly offensively.
Orlando, meanwhile, would get a free shot at reviving Linsanity by upping Lin's usage rate and giving him the keys. Victor Oladipo would be allowed to slide into the 2-spot for good, where he would mesh nicely with Lin's abilities and shortcomings.
Financial implications: Even if gambling on Lin doesn't work out, Orlando would shave an extra year of what would have been Afflalo's salary off the books. That means virtually every significant, non-rookie contract on the team would then be set to expire after the 2014-15 season, providing Orlando with room for two max contracts in one offseason down the line.