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Arron Afflalo to miss rest of season

Mar 23, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo pulls a hamstring as his team play the Oklahoma City Thunder during their NBA basketball game in Orlando

Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo will miss the rest of the season, according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. Afflalo injured his right hamstring against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, leaving the game after just 13 minutes.

As long as Afflalo’s injury presents no long-term effects, this might actually the Magic, who have 12 games remaining. Without its leading scorer, Orlando will have a better chance at a higher draft pick and can give more minutes to young players like DeQuan Jones, Doron Lamb and E’Twaun Moore. The 18-52 Magic might even sneak behind the 16-52 Charlotte Bobcats for the No. 1 seed in the NBA lottery.

  1. money2long - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    i was thinking about this trade fellas..and i’m wondering how you feel about it. it involves the magic and the jazz.

    i think orlando, who is going through a youth movement, should continue on that path and strike a deal for derrick favors from utah. could you imagine a pairing of vucevic and favors as your future 4-5 combo? how could orlando do this? parting ways with the older, yet talented, afflalo. package afflalo and jameer nelson and send them to the jazz.

    now for the jazz. they get 2 guys, older in age, who fit well in a lineup of other vets around their age. i envisioned a lineup where the jazz could possibly shift mo williams to shooting guard andrun a backcourt of jameer and mo, who both can hit the 3s, create shots, and facilitate pretty well. both have the IQ to be a smart backcourt that could creat for a frontcount including afflalo at the 3, millsap at the 4 (if they retain him) and jefferson at the 5 (if they retain him).

    the jazz would give the magic alec burks, a 21 year old. the magic continue to add youth, and he is a good replacement for sending out afflalo while continuing the youth mentality. the jazz could run gordon hayward as their sixth man while the older guys, who should all be focusing on fighting for a ring, start and set the tone.

    jameer nelson and afflalo make around 8 million each. to make the salaries work, the jazz would have to throw in marvin williams, who makes around 8million and randy foye who makes almost 3 million. favors makes about 5 million, and burks nearly 3 million. the magic can throw in doron lamb or e’twaun moore who both make under 1mil.

    the magic can get more in this trade because jameer and afflalo are pretty good vets. the magic can conceivably try to get a draft pick from utah, and use it to draft a good young point guard after letting jameer go. the magic, in the meantime, can now envision a lineup that boasts: beno/moore at the 1, burks at the 2 or maybe harkless, harkless/tobias harris at the 3, favors and vucevic running the post game as the 4-5.

    the magic would have some veteran experience on the bench in foye and marvin williams. the jazz can give more backup minutes to enes kanter with favors off the team. so both teams make out with good 6th and 7th men after the deal. like i mentioned before, the magic should use their draft picks, their own and ones obtained from trades, to enhance their point guard situation.

    the amgic would get younger. the jazz would get more experienced, and in the tough west coast, you need the guys who have been through the fire. i would like to see a jameer, mo, afflalo, millsap, jefferson lineup in action. or they can bring one of those point guards off the bench and start hayward.

    i feel this deal works for both. plus alec burks finally gets his chance to shine. i think he goes unnoticed. getting more minutes on the youthful magic will help his development. he’s only 21.

    • conjecture101 - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      Harkless has to start, but i love the trade.

  2. hannsta - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    I like it, well thought out, but its generally not a good building strategy to trade youth for vets. If the Jazz were on the verge of champion contention, they would add proven age to put them over the hump. But they are on the verge of playoff contention where even if they went over the hump, no team wants to be that team that gets 8th spot every year only to get swept. I think the trade would more realistically include Millsap instead of Favors, which is still only possible if the Jazz keep all 3, which is unlikely.

  3. themagicfanguy - Mar 23, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    @Money2long You really thought that out. The problem is that there is no reason at all for the Jazz to trade Favors for Afflalo and Nelson. The Jazz are betting their future on a strong front court of Favors and Kanter. The Jazz would demand Vucevic and/or Harkless and/or Harris and/or Nicholson and/or draft picks in any trade scenario surrounding Afflalo and Favors.

  4. dko83 - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Headline should read: Magic to tank rest of season

    • raidmagic - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Oh no it’s not like that, Turk comes off suspension Wed. It will all be ok then, the season is saved…..(insert hysterical laughter here)

    • ravissevens - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      It’s not so much tanking as the magic are just crap at the moment!

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