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...because I'm bored. More trade/draft talk!

Ok...tell me what y'all think of this:

Magic Receive:

Richard Hamilton + Kirk Hinrich + 2013 Draft Pick from Bulls (#20)

Bulls Receive:

Aaron Afflalo + E'Twaun Moore

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ESPN Trade Machine Test:

http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=lwv3je8

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Magic do this to unload Afflalo's contract, and gain the #20 pick in this draft. Kirk expires after this year, when the Magic would likely let him walk, and in the mean time Hinrich would be a much better backup for Nelson than Moore. He allows Nelson to rest more, and provides better injury protection while also being another vet that help the young guys along.

Clearly Hamilton gets bought out for a cool million, or they keep him around just as an expensive backup for Oladipo/McLemore -- whichever they grab in the draft. Depending on who they draft with the #20 pick (below), they also have Lamb or could grab a cheap FA like Jones or something...it's not like winning is important next year, so it's about getting rookies lots of minutes.

With the #20 pick, there are a handful of decent options still around. Maybe Gorgui Dieng is still available and the Magic get a defensive minded big to develop. There's the likes of Franklin/Bullock/Crabbe that might still be available to bolster the wing. Though, I'd argue that the Magic should take a chance on one of the remaining PGs as "diamond in the rough" test:

Erick Green: He looks like a PG version of Jason Terry. Scoring machine with PG instincts. He needs to gain some weight, but other than that he's got good height/wingspan for the position. His lack of strength is the root for ever negative you read about him, and what is keeping his draft stock low. He's 22, so the worry is that he can't add much more weight, though his frame does look like he can.

Isaiah Canaan: Think Jameer Nelson, but slightly bigger. Canaan's profile looks incredibly similar to Nelson's, but he's an inch taller and has a couple extra inches on his wingspan. Slightly undersized, great shooter, quick. Plus, Nelson would be the ultimate mentor for this kid, since they are so similar...meaning he could get "ready" sooner. If you like Nelson but wish he was a little bigger, Canaan is probably your guy.

Nate Wolters: Ultra crafty ball handler and great scorer, the only setback being that his physical profile is essentially a more fluid version of JJ Redick. If he can prove he can keep up with the NBA's speed, he could be a breakout, as he's probably the most "complete" PG in the draft other than Burke...and they're stats are closer to even than you'd imagine.

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Bulls do this because Afflalo is a better player right now than anyone they will draft at the #20 spot. The SB Nation mock had the Bulls trading the #20 for Jared Dudley, who is on a cheaper contract, but Afflalo has much better ball handling and has more ability to create for himself on occasion -- and a secondary creator is something the Bulls need to get Rose some breathing room. Even though Afflalo can create on occasion to keep defenses honest, he'll be asked to do it much less than he was in Orlando, allowing him to get back to the 3&D+ player that he works so well as.

Moore is a worse backup at PG, but he's cheap and expiring, plus it allows them to give more minutes to Teague, who they really need to develop to take over the reserve duties after next season (or dump him, if he can't develop). Rose will be soaking up a vast majority of the minutes anyways. Moore/Teague can handle 10-14 mpg without giving it away -- they're no Duhon.

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Thoughts?

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