Orlando Magic swingman Arron Afflalo seemed to indicate Saturday on Twitter that he’s aware of the rumor that the Magic and the Los Angeles Clippers have discussed a potential trade that would involve him.
Although nothing appears imminent, the Clippers would supposedly send 23-year-old point guard Eric Bledsoe and 33-year-old swingman Caron Butler to the Magic for the 27-year-old Afflalo.
That rumor appears to have prompted Afflalo to go onto Twitter and send out the two tweets below, which have since been deleted.
3 month training camp begins today .... let next season speak ....— Arron Afflalo (@arronafflalo) June 15, 2013
until then ... observing and listening— Arron Afflalo (@arronafflalo) June 15, 2013
That trade, if it ever comes to fruition, would give the Magic a talented young point guard, Bledsoe, who would eventually take over the position from Jameer Nelson.
It also would clear some salary from the Magic’s books. Butler is owed $8 million for 2013-14, but that’s the final year on his contract.
Afflalo, meanwhile, is due $7.5 million in 2013-14, another $7.5 million in 2014-15 and has a player option for about $7.9 million for 2015-16, according to the website ShamSports. (Another website says Afflalo is due $7.5 million in 2015-16 without a player option.)
The Clippers apparently believe Afflalo would give them a long-term upgrade on the wing.
Meanwhile, the deal would appear to be a no-brainer for the Magic. Team officials like Afflalo's game and like the intensity and professionalism that he brings to their locker room. But the Magic would have to jump at the opportunity to add a high-upside talent at point guard, because point guard is a premium position. The Magic also would have to welcome the chance to clear out some long-term salary.
Still, I’d be surprised if a Clippers-Magic trade happens in the next two weeks, if at all.
Clippers point guard Chris Paul is a couple of weeks away from becoming an unrestricted free agent, and the Clippers can’t afford to trade Bledsoe until they re-sign Paul — if the Clippers re-sign Paul.
And the Clippers re-signing Paul isn’t a certainty.
It seems unlikely that the Los Angeles Lakers would be willing to do a sign-and-trade in which they would send Howard to the Clippers. But any such sign-and-trade deal almost certainly would have to include Bledsoe.
And if the Clippers can't obtain Howard, would Paul then sign elsewhere? And if he signs elsewhere, why would the Clippers ever let go of Bledsoe?
It seems that the Magic, through no fault of their own, have become embroiled in the Dwightmare again.
As for Afflalo, who is a native of Los Angeles, it appears that he’s taking the rumors in stride.
He’s been traded twice already during his six-year NBA career — most recently last August in the 12-player trade that sent Howard to the Lakers.
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