Don’t count the Orlando Magic out of any NBA trade rumors just yet. Despite the front office’s relative silence on that front, Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears writes that “Outside of talented rookie guard Victor Oladipo, sources say the Magic are open to talking trade.” Interesting.
The Orlando Magic have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to young prospects. The assumption from media analysts and fans is that GM Rob Hennigan has been following the Oklahoma City Thunder rebuild model of drafting young stars, developing them, and growing along with their development.
There’s only one problem with that rebuild plan. It takes an incredible amount of luck. The Thunder have drafted and developed extremely well, in a way that is almost impossible to duplicate. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Serge Ibaka are all first round stars, but simply having high draft picks doesn’t guarantee you that hall.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have followed that model with disastrous results. Kyrie Irving is a solid player, but Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, and Anthony Bennett have all been disappointments. It’s not exactly that the picks themselves were bad taken in context. There were some misses but no obvious snubs without the benefit of hindsight. Young players are very hard to evaluate and rely upon for steady progression.
The Orlando Magic have run into this problem this year. After promising seasons last year, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, and Tobias Harris have all leveled off. Andrew Nicholson has regressed.
The fact that no one besides Oladipo is untouchable shows that Hennigan isn’t beholden to any preconceived method. He is flexible and will continue to explore all avenues to improve this team. If a star player comes available at the right price, expect Hennigan to get involved with his pocketful of prospects. Kyrie Irving anyone?
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