Orlando Magic News & Notes: April 26
Afflalo brought some consistency and veteran leadership to the Magic this season after being acquired in a trade in August. He scored in double digits in 55 of his 64 games and had at least 20 points 19 times. In addition to leading the Magic in scoring 24 times, Afflalo ranked 14th in the NBA in free throw percentage (85.7 percent) and 22nd in minutes played (36.0 mpg.).
No player can be totally secure in a rebuild. His stay might be determined in June’s draft if the Magic select former Kansas star shooting guard Ben McLemore. Afflalo is making about $7.5 million annually for the next three seasons — not an unmovable contract.
But Harris can score even without having plays called for him, thanks to his activity off the ball and on the offensive boards. That ability compensates a bit for his shot selection, and if he plays within himself more often, he’ll become more efficient without costing himself many offensive opportunities.
The Magic are thinking long term and so evaluation of Hennigan will have to wait. The trade the setn Dwight Howard out of Orlando can’t be properly evaluated yet.
However, after all the criticism Hennigan took for not bringing back a star in the deal, he looks like the one who came out ahead.
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