Breaking Down the -Convenient- Josh McRoberts Deal
Believe it or not, the Magic actually made TWO trades today. In an effort to cleanse their roster of any and all Duke Blue Devils, the Magic flipped the expiring contract of Josh McRoberts to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for forward Hakim Warrick. Warrick, who had a $4M team option for next season will be immediately waived by the Magic. Orlando also received cash considerations in the deal.
Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan on the rationale behind the trade, “Josh didn’t have enough minutes with us, at least consistently, and we felt it was important to move him into a position where he could play and get some more burn.” He continued, “There was some cash considerations in that as well coming to our ledger that made the deal more palatable for us.”
On the surface this trade is a head scratcher, but ultimately it came down to Charlotte taking a chance on a younger player in McRoberts. The Magic saw a chance to flip him to another team and come out /assumingly/ in the black after calculating in whatever cash considerations were returned in the trade. The prorated difference in salaries between Warrick and McRoberts is less than $300K.
“[The deal] allows us to explore now with an open roster spot in the minor league system that we may want to take a look at” – Rob Hennigan
With the Magic finally able to free a roster space, (they were at the 15 player maximum all season) they can now explore into the D-League and sign a player to a 10-day contract. And no, Jermaine Taylor does not fit a need (PG and C). This is a small trade that looks insignificant, but ultimately it allows Orlando to bring in a little extra cash and to experiment with an untested player. AKA, zero risk.