Orlando Magic veterans gird themselves for the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline

No Orlando Magic player has generated more trade rumors ahead of the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline than J.J. Redick, who is in the midst of a career year and is in the final year of his contract.

But it wouldn’t shock anyone if the Magic, a rebuilding franchise, make other moves. Veterans Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Josh McRoberts and others could draw interest.

The Magic have indicated to their players that they’re not looking to deal anyone, but team officials have acknowledged that it’s their duty to listen to offers and try to find ways to make the team better long-term.

"Every year you think about it going into the trade deadline," Redick said. "[It's] no different this year. Certainly, with the expiring contract and all that jazz there's a little bit more scuttlebutt. It's going to be lingering over my head until the deadline passes."

The other veterans are used to this kind of speculation.

“I can’t do anything about it, so why worry?” said Nelson, who is in the first year of a three-year deal.

“If they’re going to trade me, they’re going to trade me. If they’re going to keep me, they’re going to keep me. So I’m not stressing it. I haven’t stressed it in the past. One thing I know is if they send you to Mars, that’s where you’ve got to go, and I’ll play as hard as I can wherever I go.”

McRoberts, a 6-foot-10 power forward in the final year of his contract, also knows he could be traded.

He’s been traded twice in his six-year career, most recently in last August’s blockbuster centered around Dwight Howard.

“It doesn’t weigh on me,” McRoberts said. “I’ve seen a lot of stuff in six years in the NBA, so it doesn’t bother me. I think I always know something could happen. It’s different than a lot of jobs; you don’t know where you’re going to end up. There’s a deadline and after that you have more security. But it’s just part of it.”

Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at and connect with him on Facebook at Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.

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