Orlando Magic Have Just Two ‘Untouchables’

March 10, 2013; Orlando FL, USA; Orlando Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn talks with point guard Jameer Nelson (14), small forward Tobias Harris (12), point guard Beno Udrih (19), center Nikola Vucevic (9) and teammates during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Amway Center. Orlando Magic defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 99-91. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rebuilding teams are usually open to dealing everyone except those whose talents could translate to a contending level team’s starter. WIth the Orlando Magic’s rebuilding effort there are really only three such talents (ignoring the backcourt, which is tradable): Moe Harkless, Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic.

Because Harris is a natural ’3′, the Magic will shop Harkless most likely. The value of a defensive stopper is high, and the Magic’s redundant wing talent may ultimately be the cause of deals.

Nelson is nearly untradable, but he’s also on an expiring deal. Some team may salary dump to add a shoot-first guy in the second unit. Afflalo, meanwhile, could easily stick around and see the tail end of his career revived on a contending Orlando Magic team.

Jan 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kris Humphries (43) defends Orlando Magic power forward Glen Davis (11) at the net during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Brooklyn won 97-77. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Glen Davis, Hedo Turkoglu, and Al Harrington are difficult to move, but Davis’ offensive talents are useful, while Turk and Harrington are on partial deals for 2014-15 as well.

The Magic will be active in the trade market, but fortifying the frontcourt so heavily is a folly Hennigan will look to avoid. In his time with the OKC Thunder, he played a role in Jeff Green deal. The decision to start Kendrick Perkins to clog the middle has worked out, and it gave open notice to the Magic that teams were not taking them seriously.

Hennigan may not seek to react to the strong teams of the next three season, but he will posture to obtain salary cap cuts, no matter how unattractive the player.

Topics: Moe Harkless, Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, Tobias Harris

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  • Jonathan Bonilla

    “Because Harris is a natural ’3′, the Magic will shop Harkless most likely. ”

    Not sure why you think that Harkless will be traded. Harris has been playing primarily the 4 since Davis has been out. Harkless has more upside than Nicholson. If Harris makes anyone expendable it might be Andrew Nicholson.

    Nelson is not untradable… and Davis won’t be too difficult to move. I will agree Turkoglu and Harrington will be the biggest concerns but will most likely be waived.

    • Brett Roberts

      Maybe “shop” is a strong word on my part. “offers listened to?” more accurate, given the fact interest will be high and the potential of ending up as a blue chip to reel in another potential lottery pick in 2014 is there.