Every serious Orlando Magic fan has contemplated the idea.
Marcin Gortat is arguably the best player in the league to average under 14 minutes. Brandon Bass, our 11th man, previously averaged 20 minutes for a contending Dallas team. They are respectively 26 and 25, and both are yet to hit their peaks. Each could start for about a dozen teams in this league, and have expressed a desire for a larger role. Additionally, we have several wings that would serve as excellent trade pieces. We have a lot of flexibility here, with multiple players that can play both the 2 and the 3.
It seems painfully obvious, to me at least, that we should package Bass, Gortat and a wing for an all-star caliber wing and a passable backup center. Someone like Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala, Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson or Kevin Martin could be targeted.
I realize that there are logistical problems with acquiring each of those players. It's not easy to find a team that needs to fill their 4 and 5 spot, and is willing to part with an all-star. But big men are in demand these days, and despite last season's poor showing, Bass' contract is still nothing short of fantastic. There are several teams looking to get better now. This would undoubtedly be a complicated trade, but it would seem that a GM as creative as Otis should be able to work something out, perhaps by involving another team or two.
So what's the holdup?
This seems so obvious. Am I missing something?
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