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Orlando Magic trade rumor: Charlotte Bobcats an "unlikely" destination for Arron Afflalo, according to report

If Orlando deals its leading scorer prior to Thursday's deadline, it likely won't be to its Southeast rival.

Arron Afflalo
Arron Afflalo
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Though the Charlotte Bobcats are interested in acquiring Arron Afflalo prior to the NBA trade deadline Thursday, Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that they're "unlikely" to pry him from the Orlando Magic. In addition to Afflalo, Charlotte has also targeted Anthony Morrow of the New Orleans Pelicans and Gary Neal of the Milwaukee Bucks to fill its need for wing scoring. Berger pegs Neal as "still in play" for Charlotte.

Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reported Wednesday that the Bobcats have long eyed Afflalo, who leads Orlando in scoring with 19.5 points per game. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that if the Magic may wait until the summer to unload Afflalo.

Through Wednesday's games, Charlotte ranked 29th in the league in three-pointers per game, making just 5.8 per contest. According to, the Bobcats own the league's sixth-worst offense, scoring 99.4 points per 100 possessions. There's little doubt that Afflalo could help address their need for perimeter shooting and floor spacing.

The NBA trade deadline is set for Thursday at 3 PM Eastern.