Should Aaron Affalo Stay Or Go?

By Kareem Gantt
Aaron Affalo, Orlando Magic
Kim Klement-USA Today Sports

It is the great question that is currently haunting Orlando Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan in his sleep.

With a loaded 2014 NBA Draft fast approaching and the chance for the team to land another franchise-caliber player, the question which hovers over the Magic like a dark-storm cloud is what to do with shooting guard Aaron Affalo, who finally developed into the go-to player Orlando hoped they were getting in the 2012 blockbuster deal that sent Dwight Howard to Hollywood.

Affalo averaged a career-high in points (18.2) rebounds (3.6) and assists (3.4) and his shooting touch returned to top form. Affalo, along with Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris, formed a trio that would be the motor oil that kept the Magic’s offense in gear. In short, Affalo was a top-10 shooting guard last year.

But in a sense, Affalo’s rise to prominence came at a bad time for the Magic. Orlando is still in a rebuilding mindset, and with a top-tier shooting guard making third-tier money, the Magic’s brass is pondering about how much Affalo will be worth on the trade market.

With Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins possibly there for the taking in this year’s draft, would it make more sense to ship off Affalo to make room for one of the two? Or will it make sense to keep Affalo and make him a permanent pair up with Oladipo, Harris and Nikola Vucevic to form some sort of continuity?

This is the biggest question facing the Magic today as the team looks into an uncertain future.

Kareem is an Orlando Magic writer for For more from this author, you can ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook and ‘add’ him on Google

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