Orlando Magic News: The Draft & The Bledsoe Trade
Both Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski and ESPN’s Marc Stein and Romona Shelburne continue to report Eric Blesdsoe likely won’t be involved in the rumored blockbuster trade that would send Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers and Magic have discussed a potential deal that would send Bledsoe and Caron Butler to Orlando in exchange for Arron Afflalo and another asset (perhaps a pick).
This applies to the Magic because they gained what is called a non-simultaneous trade exception, an exception that lasts one year from the date the trade occurs. When the Magic traded away Dwight Howard they acquired the largest trade exception in the league’s history by executing a complicated non-simultaneous trade. This $17.8 million trade exception gives the Magic some incredible options should they choose to use it. They have until August 10
In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Dave Rice, UNLV’s head coach, described Bennett as a selfless player.
“The talent speaks for itself,” Rice said. “Guys can watch him play and see his potential — how good he is already but also the potential. But then it’s just so easy to talk about what a great teammate he is and his high basketball IQ. I think he’s a guy who, as he matures, has a chance to be a very, very special player in that league.”
Bennett averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in his only season with the Rebels.
Fran Fraschilla:Orlando Magic. Their two athletic young forwards, Mo Harkless and Tobias Harris, have shown a lot of promise, and McLemore would give them a third quality piece. He’s an outside shooting threat, a high-level athlete and a potential lockdown defender. He’ll start from day one.
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