As the NBA trade deadline nears, more and more rumors begin to seep out about players teams could potential look to move. For the Orlando Magic, that player could be Tobias Harris.
According to a report from ESPN's Marc Stein, the Magic are listening to offers on the versatile forward, who has seen some up-and-down play throughout much of the season.
Monday morning trade scuttle: Orlando isn't outright shopping Tobias Harris, but word is the Magic aren't discouraging offers for him either— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 8, 2016
The most important thing to note here is the fact that the Magic aren't openly shopping Harris, rather showing willingness to talk about their small forward. With a young roster in need of veteran presence, and the potential that the pieces they currently have don't all fit together, no one should be considered off guard.
The ESPN Insider followed up by saying the Magic were looking to become "more seasoned" something that Harris, who just sign a four-year deal worth $64 million in the offseason, could potential bring them with his higher salary.
There's a growing sense among rival executives that Orlando, now 3-15 in 2016, is open to proposals of any kind to get a bit more seasoned.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 8, 2016
Harris' name isn't the first to come up in possible trade talks for the Magic. Last week, a report surfaced that the team could be looking to move Channing Frye, who has struggled since joining the team prior to last season.
Orlando's's reported willingness to move Harris shows that the Magic are in a position where they're ready to begin moving forward in their rebuilding process. While they've shown improvements, they're still not where they want to be.
With a roster rife with young assets, it's simply time the Magic consider cashing some of those chips in to get a veteran who can make a difference with the young core they have. At the end of the day, Harris could end up being the odd man out because of that.