Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo is having the best season of his career.
The six-year veteran out of UCLA has become the focal point of the Magic and has really taken advantage. He’s averaging 19.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He’s shooting 46.5% from the field, 42.7% from beyond the arc and 83.0% from the free throw line.
However, the Magic are clearly in the middle of rebuilding. Last season, they dealt J.J. Redick to the Milwaukee Bucks and this year, Afflalo, power forward Glen Davis and point guard Jameer Nelson have been at the center of trade rumors.
Afflalo appears to be the most likely trade candidate because he only due less than $8 million per season over the next two years (2015/16 is a player option) and is the best player of the three.
Of course, as Sam Amick of the USA Today writes, the Magic don’t have to trade Afflalo.
Yet while first-round picks are more coveted than ever because of this celebrated draft that’s now about four months away, Orlando would want a proven player who could help speed up their rebuilding efforts if they’re going to strongly consider parting ways with Afflalo. There’s no urgency on this front, though, as his individual value isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
It’s still a situation that should be monitored, especially if a team gets desperate at the deadline.