After trading Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Orlando Magic finished with the NBA’s worst record of 20-62 and used the second-overall pick to draft former Indiana Hoosiers’ guard Victor Oladipo.
The Magic showed improvement last season, but still won just 23 games and will pick fourth in this year’s draft. With the recent surgery to former Kansas Jayhawks’ center Joel Embiid’s foot, they look like they may no longer be in a position to take one of the prospects they covet – Embiid’s former teammate, swingman Andrew Wiggins, former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker or Australian point guard Dante Exum.
That’s why the Magic are trying to trade up.
According to Joe Kotoch of Pro Basketball Draft, the Magic have included guard Arron Afflalo in their offer for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ top-overall selection, but the Cavaliers feel like that is not enough.
The Orlando Magic also have expressed interest in Cleveland’s pick but Cavs holding out for 4 & 12 as they don’t feel Afflalo is enough.
— Probasketballdraft (@Probballdraft) June 23, 2014
The Cavaliers would want the fourth-overall pick (where they could potentially still take Embiid), the 12th-overall selection and Afflalo. The Cavaliers could then slide Afflalo in next to point guard Kyrie Irving and deal Dion Waiters.
The third option, a trade, is also on the table. The Cavs received intriguing offers from the Sixers, Magic and Jazz late last week. Each is offering its own high lottery pick plus a veteran. The Cavs could theoretically get either of Thaddeus Young, Arron Afflalo or Derrick Favors and still have a top-5 pick in the draft. It would make it much easier to draft Embiid if you knew you got additional value in the form of a veteran who can help now.
If the Magic did land the number one pick, they would most likely select Wiggins.