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Do You Believe in Magic Podcast, Episode 7: The Trade Drums are Beating

Evan Dunlap joins us to discuss trades and the future of the franchise

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Just when you think the Magic may never win again, they scored a stunning victory over the hottest team in the NBA. Behind Arron Afflalo’s fist came a fight we were not sure we’d see again this season. But win they did, against a team headed in direct opposition to the current trajectory of the Magic.

However, following consecutive nine-game losing streaks, and a subsequent seven gamer, the forward thinking of Jeff Weltman remains on a third consecutive rebuild.

Rumors are swirling all around the NBA’s biggest sellers with Marc Stein’s report:

”Rival executives expect Jeff Weltman, Orlando’s new team president, to aggressively hunt for new homes for the likes of Fournier, Payton and Hezonja, given that Nikola Vucevic’s broken finger is likely to preclude dealing the center.”

Not only this, but the Magic were also said to be discussing a Fournier for Reggie Jackson/Luke Kennard swap according to Adrian Wojnarowski:

”Detroit pursued a deal for Fournier, but that would’ve been hard to execute without Reggie Jackson’s contract included — even if Detroit decided to include promising rookie Luke Kennard. Jackson will be sidelined for another month-plus with a severely sprained ankle.”

One would have to think the Pistons initiated the conversation as they’ve been trying to offload Reggie for quite some time. Just look at Stein’s report last year:

“The Pistons and Magic have discussed a trade that would send Reggie Jackson to Orlando for D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green, league sources say.”

Jake Fischer of also reported a three team trade that would land Reggie Jackson in New Orleans just this summer, so offloading Jackson is hardly exclusive to the Magic.

While many are predicting a quieter deadline than in years past, the fact remains that the NBA expects the Magic to be major players in the upcoming weeks.

So with that in mind we bring on Orlando Pinstriped Post founder, Evan Dunlap, to talk potential trade dealings, as well as the future of the franchise.

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