Feb 18, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo (4) drives to the basket as Milwaukee Bucks guard Nate Wolters (6) defends during the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Arron Afflalo Trade Denials are a “Smokescreen”


The Orlando Magic have been quiet in the lead up to this year’s trade deadline. Too quiet. SI.com’s Chris Mannix reports that people around the league believe that the Magic have been denying Arron Afflalo trade offers as a “smokescreen” to drive up his trade value. That strategy just might be working.

The Magic’s asking price for Afflalo has seemingly been all over the place. First they wanted a proven player in return. Then it was two first-round draft picks. Given their desire to unload Glen Davis, a package deal isn’t out of the question.

Afflalo is the best offensive wing on the market. That alone should make a trade an easy sell. However the vast number of tanking teams has created a glut of average wing talent on the market. They may not be great, but they can be had cheaply.

To differentiate his assets in the marketplace, Orlando GM Rob Hennigan has chosen to play hard to get. Instead of looking desperate, he’s playing it cool. He doesn’t need to trade Afflalo, especially because he has one more guaranteed year on his contract for a reasonable $8 million. Hennigan’s making teams bring their best offer to him, a strategy he hopes will maximize a follows value.

There is a downside to that strategy, namely, that another team may swoop an attractive deal. A prospect that Hennigan doesn’t seem particularly concerned with. This is likely because he can always trade Afflalo at this year’s NBA draft if he wants. As we discussed on Presto in the Paint before, the draft may be the best time to maximize his value since many more teams will be looking to improve. Everyone has playoff hopes in the off-season.

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