After being unable to find a trade partner, the Orlando Magic have decided to cut ties with Glen Davis via a buyout. Terms of the buyout have not yet been made public, but it will likely not be much of a discount. There will be suitors once he passes through waivers but any new deal will be for close to the veterans minimum.
The Glen Davis buyout news was so surprising because he has played such a big role for the team this season. He averaged 30.1 minutes per game and started 43 of the 45 games he played in this season. While many mistook that for poor coaching by Jacque Vaughn, it is clear now that the Magic were trying to audition Davis for a trade. Unfortunately his inefficient play (he is the 6th worst shooter in the NBA) and expensive contract made a trade impossible.
With Davis gone, who enters the starting lineup? There are two trains of thought. Some believe that the Magic will shift Tobias Harris back to starting at power forward, where he had so much success after the trade deadline last year. That would mean Victor Oladipo would reenter the starting lineup at shooting guard.
Others think that Orlando will want to get a closer look at Andrew Nicholson starting at power forward. Nicholson has struggled this year and failed to earn consistent minutes, but his offensive game continues to be intriguing, if not yet effective. Although Nicholson is the big-name, he’s probably not the best power forward prospect on the bench. Kyle O’Quinn has a better argument to start than Nicholson does.
In reality, the Magic will likely experiment with many rotation iterations through the end of the season, mixing and matching to find the best fit. Still, the good money has Harris moving to power forward and Oladipo moving back into the starting lineup.
There are 30 extra minutes to go around now. Nicholson will likely get five of those to bring his average to 20 minutes per game. O’Quinn and Moe Harkless will each probably get closer to 8 more minutes per game. Oladipo will get another five, and the leftovers will be split among the rest of the bench. Now is the time to find out what the Magic’s young prospects are made of.
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