This past year, the Orlando Magic missed the playoffs for the first time since 05-06 because they were forced to trade away All-Star big man Dwight Howard last offseason. Not only did the franchise skip out on the postseason, but they did so in style, finishing with the worst overall record in the NBA (20-62). Despite ending the season with less wins than Charlotte (a tragedy in itself), the organization did not receive the top overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, obtaining selection #2 instead.
However, while pick #2 holds a lot of value, it seems Orlando is willing to trade the pick away and move down in the draft. Via the twitter account of Brian K. Schmitz (writer for the Orlando Sentinel):
"Source tells me Magic considering moving down in draft and have "quite a few" suitors interested in trading for No. 2 pick"
At this point, it is unclear who the target player would be for the Magic with a lower draft pick. In my opinion, the only reason Orlando should even consider a deal involving pick #2 is if they are guaranteed at least one proven asset from another ball club as well as a high enough selection to draft Victor Oladipo out of Indiana. Otherwise, the franchise is better off using the No. 2 selection on either Ben McLemore out of Kansas or Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky.
It will be interesting to see whether or not anything big occurs in the days leading up to the 2013 NBA Draft. This is definitely a rumor to remember, as there has been talk regarding Orlando making some sort of deal before draft day.
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