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Report: Magic’s Arron Afflalo open to being traded. Especially to a contender.

Jun 7, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

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Arron Afflalo was the best player on the Orlando Magic last season, averaging 18.2 points per game and shot a career high .574 true shooting percentage despite having a much more prominent role in the offense and a lot more attention from defenses than ever before. But the Magic won just 23 games last season. It was a rough year.

Afflalo wouldn’t mind moving on to a team that wins.

That according to Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel:

Magic SG Arron Afflalo holds a player option for 2015-16 and can become a free agent after next season. Orlando’s classy leading scorer wouldn’t mind being moved to a playoff team. The clock is ticking loudly on his career as he’ll turn 29 in October.

Afflalo is owed a very reasonable $7.8 million next season, that for a quality two guard who can knock down the three and plays quality defense. There are a number of teams that could use him.

There’s going to be interest, but maybe not at the price the Magic are hoping to get.

This is not exactly the Kevin Love situation where there is pressure on the Magic to make a move, they are not at risk of losing a franchise cornerstone here. They could lose a quality player, but this is a young rebuilding team that should eventually draft/pick up a young point guard, move Victor Oladipo to Afflalo’s two guard spot and let them develop. If they lose Afflalo for nothing, it’s not that big a setback.

Just another name and scenario to watch as we head into the draft.

  1. enigma2742 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    IF THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER COULD GET HIM THERE GOING TO WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP NEXT YEAR

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      AGREE 100% AFFLALO IS THE REAL DEAL

      • patfic5 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        WHY ARE WE YELLING? THAT WOULD BE SWEET THO…

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:22 AM

        I WANNA GET IN ON THIS EXCITEMENT TOO!!

      • mackcarrington - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        YELLING IS A GOOD WAY TO RELIEVE STRESS AND TENSION!

    • antistratfordian - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      They couldn’t do it with James Harden… why would Afflalo be the difference?

      OKC needs Durant and Westbrook to change if they want to get over the hump.

      • yesser12 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        Harden is one of the worst defenders in the league.

        Afflalo plays very good defense, can shoot the three, and score in other ways. Not the offensive player Harden is but a good all around player.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:54 AM

        Yeah well Harden received more all-defensive votes than Afflalo this year – 2 to 1. But neither of them are making an all-defensive team.

        Afflalo isn’t putting the Thunder over the top.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:30 AM

        I freaking guarantee you that if they still had Harden they would have been to the Finals at least ONE more time for another shot if not gotten one from the Heat altogether either this year or last. Well…there’s no way of ever finding out so my guarantee is useless.

        Not an OKC fan in the least but I’ll never forgive Presti for not amnestying Perkins and making a few more moves if need be to resign Harden to his desired salary. That young stud team would have been one for the ages.

      • football58 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        As a Nuggets fan I remember when we had Afflalo and Harden locked him down, Harden is the real deal, while Afflalo is nice as your 5th or 6th best player.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        Defense, you dummy antistaratfaoraian

      • antistratfordian - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        What about it? You think Afflalo is a terrific defender? He isn’t.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        malt liquor

        there are NO guarantees…

        so you don’t need to “freaking” guarantee anything for us…

  2. cantonb0und13 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    I said this the night OKC lost to the Spurs: Reggie Jackson and Kendrick Perkins for Aaron Afflalo.

    • yesser12 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      They probably have to sweeten it with Perry Jones or Lamb and a pick.

  3. mendenhallfumblemachine - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Give them more then that… At least throw in a first there for taking Perkins…

    • cantonb0und13 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      Well I through in Perkins because the salaries match. Reggie Jackson is young and will be a restricted free agent, so the Magic get to keep Jackson for the next six-years.

  4. campcouch - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    It’s funny when dudes wouldn’t mind being traded to a contender,but you know,that other team is contending for a reason and maybe they don’t want or need you. Kevin Love wants the same thing but he’s still a Timberwolf as of now. Haven’t seen any contenders blowing up their team for him yet so this might be the last guy on their To Do list.

  5. sportsnut101 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    They not trading reggie jackson for older avg player
    Afflao is def upgrade over thabo but they need more then 1 player okc needs a bench 3 players with impact
    Right now thats Adams n no1 else cause reggie moving into starting lineup

  6. samcrew93 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    David Lee for Afflalo straight up

  7. dougiefresh59 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    THINDER SUCK AND CLAY BENNETT IS THE DEVIL

  8. saint1997 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Key move here for Orlando – with a growing group of young players they could get some serviceable vets off the bench/extra young talent to grow with the group. Maybe Iman Shumpert?

  9. sportsfan18 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Victor Oladiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiipoooooooooo…

  10. themagicfanguy - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Terrific? No. Quality defender who can guard multiple positions? Yes. He can score from anywhere and also handle the ball well.

  11. themagicfanguy - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    @football Afflalo isn’t the same player he was on Denver, he’s much improved in many ways.

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