MBO Pre-Draft Roundtable – Part 2
The MBO staff is following up Part 1’s Orlando Magic Pre-Draft roundtable with its conclusion. Once again it’ll be MagicBasketballOnline contributors Brian Serra, Andrew Melnick, Adam Papageorgiou, and Matt Jensen responding to questions involving Arron Afflalo, the #12 pick, and if Rob Hennigan has any surprises up his sleeve.
Do you believe Arron Afflalo will be dealt on Draft Day? If so, come up with a trade package.
Andrew Melnick: I think the Magic hang on to Afflalo. The Charlotte Hornets creating some package centered around the ninth-overall pick makes a lot of sense, but I think the Magic believe they can get more for Afflalo and will hold out until the trade deadline if they have to. Plus, the other team that is reportedly interested in Afflalo, the Chicago Bulls, may wait to see if they can afford Carmelo Anthony before making any other move.
Brian Serra: Yes. Afflalo to Milwaukee along with the #4 and #12 pick, in exchange for the #2 pick and John Henson – where the Magic select ANDREW WIGGINS!
Matt Jensen: I don’t think Afflalo will be traded by draft day. Too much uncertainty with Carmelo Anthony, and I don’t think the Cavs or Bucks bite on our supposed offer of Afflalo, #4, and #12.
Adam Papageorgiou: No, but it won’t be for lack of trying. Arron’s peak value will come between the start of free agency and the end of training camp. I think the Cavaliers are crazy if they supposedly passed up trading their #1 pick for Afflalo, #4, and #12. I think one team still not mentioned yet is the Sacramento Kings who very well could be unhappy with their prospect options at #8, and they could use a guy like Arron to groom Ben McLemore.
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Who do you want the Magic to take at #12? Do you believe that player will be on the board?
Andrew Melnick: I’ve been high on Kentucky swingman James Young. I’m not sold on Maurice Harkless, and Tobias Harris is a bit of tweener so I think adding another wing here seems like a good idea. Young is a fantastic athlete and showed some ability to knock down shots from the outside. Of course, if one of the bigs projected to go in the top eight or so picks fall (Gordon, Randle, Vonleh) that would be the pick.
Brian Serra: Nik Stauskas – don’t sleep on Stauskas.
Matt Jensen: Homer and selfish call here but I would take DeAndre Kane here. Its pretty much a forgone conclusion that Jameer won’t be here next year, I realize #12 is high for a backup point guard but Kane would be great fit with Oladipo, and I’d love to see some of my Cyclones on my favorite team and not so many Jayhawks!
Adam Papageorgiou: Dario Saric was my guy but he’s supposedly going to be in Turkey now for at least the next 2 years. My ideal scenario now is having one of Nik Stauskas or Doug McDermott fall right into Orlando’s lap at #12. Unfortunately, I don’t think they’ll still be on the board.
If the Magic take either Exum or Smart with their #4 pick, then I slightly prefer James Young over Rodney Hood. I think Young would work well with Harkless and/or Tobias off the bench. If the Magic don’t get a PG with the 4th pick, then I think Hennigan grabs Tyler Ennis. Ennis faired better than expected at the Combine. Plus, I highly value players who I feel have the clutch gene. Ennis possesses it in my eyes.
Do you anticipate any other trades from GM Rob Hennigan at Draft Day?
Andrew Melnick: To the dismay of Magic fans everywhere, I think it is going to be a pretty quiet draft night. If the Magic do pull off a trade, I think it will almost certainly involve Afflalo or Jameer Nelson and will likely mean the Magic are either moving up from the No. 4 pick or the No. 12 pick.
In the end, I expect them to use the fourth-overall selection and the 12th-overall selection and call it a night.
Brian Serra: YES! WHEELIN’ AND DEALIN’!!
Matt Jensen: The only trade I can see being made is Jameer and Andrew Nicholson being packaged on draft day maybe to trade down or acquire a 2nd rounder or picks for next year. I hate to say it, but I think Jameer will be gone.
Adam Papageorgiou: I think Hennigan uses his #4 and #12 picks. Again, it won’t be for a lack of trying to move up but he doesn’t need to be desperate. He’s going to try and see what he can get for Afflalo, Jameer, and Nicholson. I think Rob finds a way to deal either Nelson or Andrew for a package that’ll include a late first rounder or an early 2nd round pick. There’s a lot of talent and intrigue deep in the Draft. Personally, I’d go for Cleanthony Early or Thanasis Antetokounmpo. At the end of the night, Afflalo will still be on the Magic roster and one of Jameer or Andrew won’t be.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.
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