The Orlando Magic have been reluctant to trade Arron Afflalo, and currently view him as a long term piece to their puzzle. A deadline deal seems unlikely at this point, but that doesn’t mean a team won’t change their mind in the next week. At least five contenders could be looking at Arron Afflalo trade market to beef up their rotation for a playoff push.
According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, “The Charlotte Bobcats, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs come to mind. Pretty much any team that wants to be a buyer at the deadline and could use a starting shooting guard or additional scorer. Afflalo has been excellent this season and his trade value has never been higher.”
The Knicks and Spurs don’t seem to have the pieces to get a deal done, but the other three teams could put together intriguing packages that could pique the Magic’s interest.
The Bobcats have been linked to Evan Turner, reportedly being willing to give up a first round pick for the Philadelphia 76ers’ swing-man. If Turner can fetch a first rounder, Afflalo could easily double that given his better production and contract situation.
The Phoenix Suns have four first rounders to play with, and while none of them are great on their own, a couple of picks could make the Magic power players at the NBA Draft this June. The Suns also have Emeka Okafor’s expiring contract and figure to be extremely active at the deadline. Their also looking for help inside though, so don’t be surprised if they go in another direction.
The Thunder as always are an interesting case. While they could offer a first rounder this year, their package would center on young prospects. Back-up point guard Reggie Jackson could fill the role of Orlando’s point guard of the future, but it’s unlikely OKC would let him go without Russell Westbrook proving he’s healthy first. Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones III, and Andre Roberson all intriguing prospects but Orlando is looking for more “proven” talent for Afflalo.
What do you think? Do any of these three teams have the goods tor swing an Arron Afflalo trade? Or should the Magic wait until the off-season when Afflalo’s trade value will be higher? Let us know in the comments section below.