Feb 5, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo (4) looks up against the Detroit Pistons during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: Could Orlando Magic trade up?

Although they finished with a record of 23-59, the Orlando Magic looking they could be in an upswing.

They have several talented young players, including Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo, who was the runner-up for the Rookie of the Year Award, have several future draft picks and own two picks in the first round this year, the fourth-overall and 12th-overall selections.

They also have a couple of veteran guards, Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson, that are still productive and have very team friendly contracts. That has led many to speculate the Magic could package one of their veterans and the 12th-overall pick to move up in the draft.

Yannis Koutroupis of Basketball believes the Magic would be better off staying where they are.

I’m not sure if I want to move up, considering they already have the fourth pick and are not short on young talent by any stretch of the imagination. If I’m trading Afflalo, it’s for a talent that is going to take me to the next level. There’s not a shooting guard outside of Andrew Wiggins who I would rather have in this draft than Arron. If they stay at the 12 I’d really like to see them get Dario Saric, although his potential to stay overseas if picked at 12 concerns me (not because of Orlando, but because of the salary). Kristaps Porzingis is climbing quickly. I could see him fitting in nicely, as well as Adreian Payne. If they prefer a swingman, Rodney Hood, K.J. McDaniels would be good choices.

The Magic seem most likely to draft Australian point guard Dante Exum, but they are very interested in former Oklahoma State Cowboys’ point guard Marcus Smart and have several other players on their radar.

Tags: Adreian Payne Arron Afflalo Dante Exum Dario Saric Jameer Nelson K.J. McDaniels Kristaps Porzingis NBA Draft 2014 NBA Draft Rumors Orlando Magic Rodney Hood

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