It doesn’t seem like anyone outside of general manager Rob Hennigan and his staff know exactly what is going on with the Orlando Magic.
One thing that is for sure is they have been very busy.
Things kicked off Thursday when they traded guard Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets for swingman Evan Fournier and the 56th-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, which they used on former Iowa Hawkeyes’ guard Roy Devyn Marble.
To the surprise of many, they used the fourth-overall pick to select former Arizona Wildcats’ forward Aaron Gordon rather than taking a prospect to run the team like Australian point guard Dante Exum or former Oklahoma State Cowboys’ point guard Marcus Smart. They then used the 12th-overall selection on Croatian forward Dario Saric. They then addressed their issue at point guard by trading the rights to Saric, along with a future draft pick, to the Philadelphia 76ers for the rights to the 10th-overall pick, former Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns’ point guard Elfrid Payton.
They cleared room for Payton to be the starting point guard earlier on Monday when they waived veteran Jameer Nelson. Nelson was due $8 million, but his contract was partially guaranteed for just $2 million if waived before July 15.
The Magic have also cut ties with guard E’Twaun Moore and big man Jason Maxiell.
On Monday afternoon, they made an addition.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Magic claimed veteran guard Willie Green off of waivers.
Orlando has claimed Willie Green off waivers from the Clippers, league source tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2014
Green was waived by the Los Angeles Clippers over the weekend. Green averaged 5.0 points and 1.4 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game last season. He appeared in 55 games, shooting 37.6% from the field, 33.9% from beyond the arc and 82.4% from the charity stripe.