With Arron Afflalo in the latest NBA trade discussions–the Chicago Bulls are reportedly interested in the wingman–the Orlando Sentinel reports the shooting guard hasn’t reported a trade out of Orlando.
Magic executives like what Afflalo brings to the team, and a league source told the Orlando Sentinel that Afflalo and his agent have not asked for a trade, but it may make sense for the Magic to trade Afflalo sooner rather than later.
It’s easy to see how one could assume Afflalo wants out of Orlando. Unless money is the number one priority, not many players want to spend their primes on a team that may not make the playoffs, and most importantly, compete for a championship. While the Orlando Magic’s future looks bright, the playoffs may be out of reach for the next two or three years, and Affalo may not want to wait for that time.
But this isn’t the case.
Instead, the Orlando Magic front office is shopping an asset that could net them pieces to better their future. Last season many thought Afflalo would be moved at the trade deadline when the franchise selected Victor Oladipo in the 2013 NBA Draft. Instead, Afflalo and Oladipo coexisted and Afflalo put together the best season of his seven year career, averaging 18.2 points on 45 percent shooting (42 percent from three) along with 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
And because of that the Magic may be able to turn Arron Affalo’s career-year into young promising talent for the future as they continue to build a competent team.