With the NBA Draft just hours away, the Orlando Magic made their first of what could be many moves. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Magic have traded guard Arron Afflalo back to the Denver Nuggets, in exchange for guard Evan Fournier and the 56th pick in tonight’s draft. Wojnarowski says the deal will not be completed until after tonight’s draft.
The Magic acquired Afflalo from the Nuggets in the summer of 2012 during the Dwight Howard blockbuster that sent the disgruntled center to the Los Angeles Lakers. In his two seasons with the Magic, the former UCLA guard enjoyed two of his best seasons in the league. Over 137 games in Orlando, Afflalo averaged 17.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists, while shooting 44.9 percent from the field.
Since being drafted 20th overall in 2012, Fournier has averaged 7.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He’s shot 43.5 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three over that 114 game span as well.
Moving Afflalo now does make some sense for the Magic. He’s due $7.5 million this season and has a player option following next season for $7.5 million as well.
This deal could also be a precursor to the Magic making an even bigger deal, and potentially put them in position to be the facilitator in a bigger trade later in the evening.
Orlando now sits with three picks — four, 12 and 56 — tonight.