2013 NBA Draft: Orlando Magic Reportedly Shopping Number Two Pick

By Christian Tamayo
Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic are said to be looking to trade down from their No. 2 overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft. Ben Mclemore, the University of Kansas swing-man, is the player that the Magic are believed to have at the top of their draft board, but how long can he stay on the draft board?

Mclemore’s stock has been rising and even the Cleveland Cavaliers have taken an interest in the shooting guard, so what are some probable reasons for the Magic to trade down and potentially lose their highest-rated player?

By trading down, the Magic certainly run the risk of losing their number one target, but Victor Oladipo and Trey Burke are said to be the next two players on the Magic draft board, providing a Plan B. The Magic have had “quite a few” suitors looking to move into the number two spot according to the Orlando Sentinel, which puts the Magic in a position of power.

Multiple teams vying for the same player in the draft leaves the Magic with their choice of the best offer, while said teams wanting the pick may just end up overvaluing the player they want and give the Magic another steal of a trade.

The 2013 Draft class is regarded as one of the weaker classes, and the Magic may use the pick to leverage to get rid of even more contracts, such as Aaron Afflalo or even Jameer Nelson.

The biggest reason I believe that Magic would trade out of their spot would be to get another high pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The 2014 NBA Draft already has NBA executives salivating at the amount of talent it will boast, and the Magic are likely to gain another high pick in that draft on their own, but the possibility of getting two first round picks in that draft gives the Magic the possibility of grabbing two future stars.


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