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Magic obviously maneuvering for CP or Melo..

 

Remember these dates:  2/18/11 and 2/24/11

The recent moves by the Magic are not the final moves of the season, that part is obvious.  What is the end game then?

Most observers think it's trading for a backup center now.  I don't think that would work.  The magic have no viable trade bait at this moment (key wording "this moment").  Most observers are saying trade JJ seeing GA and JR both potentially ahead of him at SG.  1 big problem - because the Magic matched JJ's offer, they cannot trade him this year without his permission.  By all accounts, he loves Orlando and winning is important.  I can only see him approving a trade if it's (a) to start and (b) on a championship caliber team.  That pretty much removes him from trade talks.

The key to these deals, however, is Feb 18, 2011.  Remember that date.  That is the date that the players the Magic just acquired can be retraded in a package deal.  The significance of that date is it's just a few days before the 2011 trade deadline.  Coincidence?  Doubtful.  More than likely, the Magic rushed these deals through this past weekend to position themselves to be able to trade some or all of these players again this season before the trade deadline.  There is no way the Magic keep JN, JR, GA, and JJ all year, but of all of these, JJ is the one who can say no to a trade.

Likely scenarios:   JR and JN (and others Anderson/Bass) for CP and D. Anderson.  This gives NO a replacement PG and a true starting SG if they want to resign JR, or significant cap room if they decide to let his contract expire.  Then the Magic will be:

C/Duhon;
GA/JJ
Hedo/QR
Bass/Anderson
Howard/D. Anderson

Alternatively:  JR and JN for Melo.

The point being, the Magic have positioned themselves to have valuable trade

This FanPost was made by a member of the Orlando Pinstriped Post community, and is to be treated as the opinions and views of its author, not that of the blogger or blog community as a whole.

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