The NBA draft allows teams to shape their rosters by bringing in young talent and possibly even acquiring players via trades.The Orlando Magic took both routes and added some pieces, which should make for an interesting cast of characters for head coach Jacque Vaughn.
We’ll discuss the draft choices when looking at the depth chart itself, but we probably should discuss the big trade.
Orlando sent Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Evan Fournier and the 56th pick (Devyn Marble) in this year’s draft. From a roster-makeup standpoint, Orlando swapped a 2-guard for another in what might seem like an odd transaction considering that Afflalo is clearly the better player.
Orlando likely jettisoned him because he could opt out of his deal at the conclusion of the 2014-15 campaign. It made sense for the Magic to get assets for him now before having to trade him when his value was at his lowest (when teams are expecting him to get shopped).
Now that we got that out of the way, onto the show.