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Could Victor Oladipo’s Potential Move Keep Arron Afflalo In Orlando?

2013 July 2
by Andrew Melnick

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On Monday, we learned the Orlando Magic plan to use the #2 overall pick in the draft, Victor Oladipo, at point guard for stretches during the Orlando Pro Summer League.

Although Oladipo doesn’t appear to have true point guard skills, some believe he can make the transition.

Arron Afflalo, one of the assets Orlando received in last summer’s Dwight Howard trade, has been connected with the Los Angeles Clippers in a potential trade involving point guard Eric Bledsoe and swingman Caron Butler for the better part of the month. However,  with the trade seemingly looking less likely every day,  the Magic may wind up keeping Afflalo.

“The Magic, who drafted Indiana’s Victor Oladipo with the second pick in the draft, also are inclined to experiment with Oladipo at point guard starting with Summer League games,” writes Ken Berger of CBS Sports. “If they like what they see, the Magic might be inclined to hold onto Afflalo, who is due $7.5 million in each of the next three seasons, to play alongside Oladipo in the backcourt.”

Although they’re rebuilding, the Magic do like Afflalo as a player and targeted him when they were shopping Howard. The Magic could keep Afflalo and continue to rebuild. Although he is a good player, he probably won’t make a huge difference win/loss wise. After all, Afflalo played in 64 games last year and the Magic still had the league’s worst record.

Afflalo averaged a career-high 16.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Magic last season. He shot 43.9% from the field, 30.0% from beyond the arc (but is a career 38.3% shooter from three) and 85.7% from the charity stripe.

As Berger mentioned, Afflalo is owed over $15 million over the next two seasons and has a player option for the 2015-16 season.

 

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