Rumor: Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo on the trade block?
It’s been well documented that J.J. Redick is on the trade market. He simply has too much value on the trade market for a contender with his stellar play and expiring contract. At the beginning of the season it was expected amongst the team, and even Redick himself (discussed it with Rob Hennigan at the beginning of the year), that he could be gone at the deadline. However, with his performance this season he may have outpriced himself on the market. He certainly means more to this franchise and the Orlando Magic brand -even as they struggle- then he does to any other NBA team. For just that reason, it may not be as likely as it was 3 months ago that he could be exiting Orlando by the February 21st trade deadline. The new regime sees him as a piece to build around for the young players.
Hennigan on Drive Time, ‘we like JJ, and we’re not actively looking to move him’
— Dante Marchitelli (@DanteMagic) January 15, 2013
However, if the right deal comes a long then nobody is untouchable. Hence the latest rumor that in addition to Redick being available at the right price, so might Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo.
Per Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD, “J.J. Redick is the name most teams call about; however, there is interest in Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo according to league sources.”
With the organization in flux, nobody is untouchable. The Magic brought back Jameer Nelson to be the team leader that he has always been and to ensure that the young squad has someone positive to facilitate for them. What the team probably didn’t expect is that Jameer would be putting up his best numbers offensively since his ’09 All-Star appearance. For Afflalo, his stats have been up and down, but the talent is obviously there. On the right team and system, Afflalo could contribute immediately. He is asked to create his own shot far too often in Orlando and his ideal role is likely on a contender as a strong 3rd option.
It should come as no surprise that there is interest in these guys. They’ve shown all season that they will compete and play through adversity and despite the team struggles, they’ve all had trememendous individual seasons. With Orlando’s gigantic $17.5M trade exception and bounty of expiring/semi-expiring deals, Rob Hennigan will no doubt continue to be involved in trade dealings around the league.