The Orlando Magic on Thursday agreed to trade Arron Afflalo back to the Denver Nuggets, from whom they acquired him in August 2012, in exchange for Evan Fournier and the 56th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. But according to Chad Ford of ESPN Insider, that offer for Afflalo wasn't the only one on the table.
A five-year veteran, Henderson averaged 14 points, four rebounds, and 2.6 assists in the 2013/15 season for the then-Bobcats. At 26, he's older than Fournier and paid more lucratively, but doesn't have the same upside as the Frenchman.
The report that Orlando declined an Afflalo offer which would have netted them a better player and a better Draft pick than what they ultimately received for their leading scorer will certainly rankle some Magic fans. But if anything, this news underscores what Orlando Pinstriped Post wrote earlier regarding what the Magic value: flexibility. Henderson's due $12 million over the next two seasons, according to ShamSports' salary database. In contrast, Fournier is only on the books for a guaranteed $1.48 million, with a $2.29 million team option for the 2015/16 season.
Further, the 24th pick in the Draft will have a guaranteed contract whenever he signs, as opposed to the non-guaranteed deal owed to the second-round choice Orlando will receive from Denver.