Orlando Magic's 2014 Trade Deadline Shopping List

Wes Goldberg@@wcgoldbergContributor IIFebruary 6, 2014

Orlando Magic's 2014 Trade Deadline Shopping List

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    Since Dwight Howard forced his way out, the Orlando Magic have been reformatting their roster like a savvy investor accumulating assets of potential and buying power.

    However, the Magic still have some leftovers from those competitive Howard teams, specifically Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis. If Orlando can get the right returns, those players should be moved.

    Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports that the Magic are not actively shopping right now but would be willing to trade for a first-round pick or rookie-scale players:

    The Magic could and likely will change course as the deadline and the offers get real, but don't be surprised if Orlando sits out the trade deadline and makes their moves around the draft to jockey for better position or to swap veterans for better fitting rookie scale players. Magic guard Arron Afflalo is the top incoming request; however, it seems unless moving Afflalo yields another lottery pick or a means to thin out the roster, the Magic may pass.

    Kyler adds that this was the approach the Magic took last season in dealing J.J. Redick—less talking, more listening.

    Redick left a void for a three-point shooting specialist on the Magic roster. A young one could entice general manager Rob Hennigan.

    Also on the shopping list for Hennigan should be a young point guard to swap Nelson for, a power forward who can stand out among the Magic's crowded position and more draft picks for Hennigan to (I apologize in advance for this next one) "work his Magic" with.

    Let's take a more in-depth look at these needs and some potential deals that could be made by the trade deadline on February 20.


    Contract information via ShamSports.com and statistics via NBA.com/Stats are accurate as of Feb. 5, 2014.

Three-Point Shooting

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    The Magic rank 22nd in three-point shooting percentage, and currently Arron Afflalo is the only player shooting better than 40 percent.

    Orlando is also 19th in three-point field goals attempted, which squeezes the court and hinders ball movement and space in the paint—not good for the previously alluded to building blocks Nikola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo.

    Check out this video of Oladipo trying to drive off a pick-and-roll between him and Vucevic. As shown above, the Toronto Raptors don't respect Orlando's shooters and clog the lane. Oladipo—who is new to the whole point guard thingpulls up and shoots an inefficient mid-range jumper instead.

    The Magic traded away Redick, but that was because he was a veteran with an expiring contract and they needed to get value for him. If they can find a young guy to come in and stretch the floor, it would help the development of the players and offense.

The Trade

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    Here's the deal

    The Magic send Nelson and Afflalo to the Phoenix Suns for Gerald Green, the expiring contract of Emeka Okafor and a first-round pick.


    Why it works

    The Suns would upgrade from Green to Afflalo—a better two-way player who, like Green, can play the 2- and 3-spots. Phoenix would also land Nelson, who would fit fine in Jeff Hornacek's two-point guard system. With Eric Bledsoe injured, having Nelson fills a need.

    For the Magic, they would get Green, a three-point shooter who can help space the floor for one-and-a-half seasons (after which his current contract is up), and the expiring contract of Okafor. The real reason they would do it would be to unload some salary and get an additional first-round pick. The Suns could have up to four first-round picks that they could part with.


    Why it doesn't work

    The trade would be a steal for the Suns, who get a very good shooting guard and veteran point guard while giving up lesser talent.

    The main reason it doesn't work is because the Magic have no use for Okafor. The trade becomes much more realistic by finding a third team that has a use for Okafor.

Power Forward

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    Some Magic fans may disagree with power forward being a need, but look at it this way: Orlando has accumulated some young talent at the position—Andrew Nicholson, Tobias Harris and Kyle O'Quinn—but no one has really stepped up as a bona fide building block.

    Harris has potential and has been solid this season, averaging 13.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

    However, could the Magic flip one or two of those guys for a bigger impact player? It would have to be the right guy to get Hennigan to let Harris (his diamond in the rough) and/or Nicholson (his first draft pick) go.

    How about Greg Monroe?

The Trade

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    Duane Burleson/Associated Press

    Here's the deal

    The Magic trade Afflalo and Nicholson to the Detroit Pistons for Monroe, Kyle Singler and Luigi Datome (for salary-matching purposes). 


    Why it works

    Singler is an above-average three-point shooter, especially from the corners, on a rookie salary. Monroe is a restricted free agent after the season, is 23 years old and available for the right price.

    Afflalo could be that guy for the Pistons, if they feel they would rather have one of the top shooting guards in the Eastern Conference locked up through the 2015-16 season.

    On the surface, the deal would be out of character for Hennigan, who has opted to find lesser-known guys and accumulate draft picks in his two years in Orlando.

    But Monroe is on his rookie salary and is a young, double-double-type guy who could solidify the power forward position.

    For coach Jacque Vaughn, it provides greater versatility on the front line. He could go big with Harris, Monroe and Vucevic, or small with Harris and Monroe.


    Why it doesn't work

    The Magic don't want to deal with Monroe's impending restricted free agency and don't believe he would sign an extension before then.

Young Point Guard

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    Most of the Magic roster is already composed of young dudes and building blocks. The days of giant trades that garner multiple players and draft picks aren't needed anymore.

    If Hennigan wants to keep it simple, the best thing is to flip Nelson for a young point guard or draft pick and an expiring deal to make the salaries match.

    Nelson, 31, is having a great season for Orlando. However, he isn't part of the Magic's future, and the organization should trade him to 1) get some value in return and 2) let him play for a competitor as his career winds down.

    I wrote earlier this season that Nelson carries more value as a veteran presence and a stopgap that prevents Oladipo from playing point guard.

    That was when Oladipo was struggling handling the offense. Since then, he's improved, and I believe playing point guard won't hinder his development. Nelson is expendable.

The Trade

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    Here's the deal

    Orlando sends Nelson to the Washington Wizards for the expiring contract of Trevor Ariza and rookie Glen Rice Jr.


    Why it works

    Rice Jr. isn't a point guard, but he's an extra backcourt player on a rookie deal. Ariza is a solid player who would likely play out the remainder of his contract before signing elsewhere in free agency. 

    The Wizards get a quality backup to John Wall who would be valuable in a playoff push.


    Why it doesn't

    This solves more of a need for Washington than it does for the Magic. If Orlando really is content playing out the season with the current roster, I don't that this is enough to get Hennigan to pull the trigger. Throw in a draft pick, though, and now we're cooking.


    *Bonus trade idea

    Orlando sends Nelson to the Charlotte Bobcats for the expiring deal of Ramon Sessions and Bismack Biyombo. 


    Why it works

    The Bobcats want to make the playoffs this season and can use a veteran point guard to replace Sessions, who has struggled this season. Biyombo is a rookie-scale guy who can make the cash work. If Hennigan can pull a draft pick out of it, I like this deal a lot for Orlando.


    Why it doesn't work

    It works. But here is the thing—and it goes without sayingHennigan is a lot better than me at this stuff. The main reason this, or any of the other trades don't work, is because Hennigan found something better.