Orlando Magic Should Take Advantage of Trade Scenarios Involving Arron Afflalo

By Ryan Heckman


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The Orlando Magic went with one of the safer picks in this year’s NBA Draft when they selected Victor Oladipo out of Indiana number two overall. Oladipo looked to be NBA-ready and will be an immediate playmaker in Orlando.

In an offseason with so many moves to be made and plenty of big names players changing scenes, the Magic should get in on the fun. Now that they have Oladipo, the market for guard Arron Afflalo has likely risen.

The Magic’s leading scorer last season, Afflalo averaged 16.5 points on 44 percent shooting. With plenty of teams in the market for a shooting guard, Afflalo could fit in nicely somewhere as opposed to taking on a more limited role this year. His minutes would likely be cut into a bit because of the presence of Oladipo, and he may not be too thrilled about that.

If the Magic were smart, they would begin shopping Afflalo and very well could be in the process of doing so. There have already been grumbles around the league about some general managers asking about the veteran shooting guard.

With a huge need at point guard right now, the Magic could shop Afflalo for a potential starter there. Pairing Oladipo with a solidified starting point guard would do wonders for his development.

The New Orleans Pelicans have been looking at dealing Eric Gordon elsewhere and also have mulled the prospect of trading point guard Greivis Vasquez now that they have Jrue Holiday. Would Vasquez be a fit? It’s a possibility.

The Dallas Mavericks are also in need of a shooting guard, and if they worked out a sign-and-trade with Darren Collison that may be a possibility too.

Quite honestly, almost anything is better than Jameer Nelson and Beno Udrih at this point. The Magic should get on the phone and start shopping their leading scorer from last year because it can only lead to an improved roster when it’s all said and done.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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