The Orlando Magic agreed on Thursday to send Arron Afflalo, the team’s up-and-coming shooting guard, back to the team that made him such a hot commodity.
The deal involves sending Afflalo back to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Nuggets shooting guard Evan Fournier and the 56th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Fournier is no slouch, as he averaged 8.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in his rookie season with the Nuggets. If given more playing time, Fournier could become a nice commodity for the Magic.
But in the end there were better offers to be had for Afflalo, and Orlando should have just waited for them. Reports coming out of Cleveland suggest that the Cleveland Cavaliers were ready to trade the No. 1 pick in the draft for a veteran who can help the team right now.
The Magic would had been more than adequate trade partners, because Orlando had a player that the Cavs desired (Afflalo) and a high first-round pick (4th). In return, the Magic could had received the coveted No. 1 pick and would have had the chance of getting Jabari Parker as the first pick to solidify the shooting guard spot for years to come.
But because the Magic could not wait for a better deal, the team settled for a decent youngster and a second-round draft pick in exchange for a shooting guard who could take the next step into stardom next season.
Orlando could have certainly demanded better from the Nuggets, throwing in Kenneth Faried along with Fourier and the 56th pick. But instead they settled for this trade, which was neither bad nor good.
The Magic should have waited for a better deal.