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The Perils of Mediocrity

Robbins reports that the Magic plan to speak to Dwight about his future sometime before the trade deadline, and proceed depending on whether he tells them he wants to stay. Forgetting for a moment the profound absurdity of this statement (WTF do they expect him to say after he's been unequivocally lukewarm in his regard for the franchise for months, combined with his media tirade after the blowout losses?) lets go ahead assume he stands firm in his trade demand.

Its becoming increasingly clear that between Otis' predilection for overpriced, past-their-prime veterans, and the Old Man's desire to field a competitive team in his remaining years, the Magic are going to be treading in mediocrity for the foreseeable future, armed with the likes of Bynum and maybe Gasol. Everyone knows the best way to rebuild in this league is to blow up your team--cast away every veteran for picks, cap space, young prospects; await the imminent departure of your dead-weight contracts; and rebuild through the draft armed with high lottery picks. No way thats happening with a Dwight trade.

So if he's out the door anyway, why not go the other way and triple down on what remains of the Howard era? Swing for the fences by going after Deron Williams before the deadline. NJ has nothing to offer that entices Orlando--neither to the fanbase (Lopez...ehhh) or to management, who apparently want proven vets and not a boatload of picks. So they aren't getting Dwight. Which means Derons going to be scoping out mansions in the DFW area on zillow after March 15th. The only other contenders for a noncommitted rental on DWill will be the Lakers, who would offer what, Pau? Maybe thats enough for NJ, who needs a franchise face for their move to Brooklyn, but he comes with a massive contract and downhill production. Orlando could maybe do better by offering Rhino. After all, its not like DWill is signing an extension. What better deal can they get for DWill with those circumstances?

Maybe Justin Harper steps up with 60% of Rhino's production. Maybe they fill the hole at PF with another trade. Maybe it works and both resign in the summer. Maybe it doesn't, they both leave and the Magic are playing for the best seat in Secaucus. Even still, I get more excited thinking about lottery balls than a Bynum injury status update.

Lets start a Deron Williams to Orlando campaign!

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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