I realize that it’s painfully early in the season to be constructing posts involving trades scenarios, but it’s equally unavoidable to read anything from the national media regarding the Orlando Magic without some mention of the team moving a veteran or two as the season rolls along. Couple that sentiment with the haul GM Rob Hennigan received from Milwaukee at last year’s trade deadline, and you can’t blame a fan for being excited for what’s yet to come. Opposed to just shooting off random rumors and ideas pertaining to possible scenarios as the trade deadline nears, I had the idea to track (weekly) "Team Needs" around the league as we play out our schedule throughout the season. Of course, due to injuries and other unforeseeable transactions, "Team Needs" tend to fluctuate. Even so, tracking sensible trade partners as the calendar turns may be enjoyable!
I was at the Magic game tonight, and I have come away shocked at the lack of depth on the Clippers roster, especially their "bigs" off the bench (Jamal Crawford scored 14 of the 16 points contributed by the Clippers bench). I know Matt Barnes is hurt, but at this point in the season, the Clippers have been outplayed and outmanned a few times by opposing teams’ benches. Byron Mullens is a 7 footer, and that’s about it. He is rumored to be a quality shooter, but his percentages rarely reflect so, and he does little else to contribute to the team. Ryan Hollins is rarely counted upon, but that’s probably because you can rarely count upon Ryan Hollins.
I must say, along with many other Magic fans, that I’m beyond impressed with the improvements our players have made from last year to this season. We are playing unselfishly, playing as a team, and competing on the floor. Tobias Harris will eventually be in the mix as well, and minutes will be hard to come by on a nightly basis for everyone on our roster. Someone will find the proverbial short end of the stick. That someone will be Glen Davis.
Of course assuming his health, I feel that Glen Davis would be a natural fit in Los Angeles. His championship experience would be a welcome fit on their presumably contending roster. I realize that Antawn Jamison will be playing by the end of the year for the Clippers as well, but Jamison is at a very advanced age/stage of his career. Reuniting Big Baby with Coach Doc Rivers seems like a logical transaction for the Clippers. As evidenced from the playoffs in 2012, Big Baby can be productive either at the PF position or as an undersized Center. Unfortunately, L.A. is in the luxury tax and has very little flexibility with roster movement at this time. Besides a future draft pick, or perhaps Rookie wingman/3-pt specialist Reggie Bullock, I don’t see a lot on the Clippers roster that would interest Orlando. However, you never can predict a third team that could get involved….