Lucky for Arron Afflalo that he doesn't pay too much attention to Internet rumors.
Otherwise, he would've had a difficult summer.
For a couple of months, the rumor du jour — propagated primarily by ESPN and a Los Angeles-based website — was that the Orlando Magic were going to trade Afflalo to the Los Angeles Clippers for point guard Eric Bledsoe.
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Magic officials said that there were never any serious discussions. Bledsoe eventually was traded by the Clippers to the Phoenix Suns in a three-team deal that also involved the Milwaukee Bucks.
Afflalo, a swingman who has been traded twice during his NBA career, said he heard about the rumor. But he also said the rumor didn't impact him much.
"I've seen a lot of trades go down within my own NBA circle with my team, whether I was in Detroit or Denver," Afflalo said. "It's part of the game. It's part of the business. At the end of the day, I'm very, very blessed to play this game no matter where I'm playing, and I'm proud of that.
"You just have to be professional with those things. As long as you're wearing this Magic uniform, you give it your best."
Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan recently spoke to Afflalo about the rumor.
"Arron and I were talking about that the other day, how a lot of times rumors are rumors, and there isn't necessarily 100 percent accuracy behind all rumors," Hennigan said. "We'll continue to always look for ways to make our team better, and if a trade is pending, we'll make sure we communicate that to our guys."
Afflalo was traded by the Nuggets to the Magic in Aug. 2012 as part of the deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.
In his first season with Orlando, Afflalo averaged 16.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game and started 64 games.
As long as Afflalo stays injury-free, he almost certainly will begin the regular season as one of the Magic's starting wings.
The Magic did not practice on Friday. Coach Jacque Vaughn gave the team a day off after it practiced once Tuesday, once Wednesday and twice Thursday.
The team is scheduled to practice Saturday.
Jason Maxiell didn't need a great deal of coaxing to be convinced to sign a free-agent deal with the Magic over the summer.
Maxiell has wanted to live in Central Florida for more than a decade.
"I'm loving it," Maxiell said. "I've dreamed of being here since high school."
Maxiell explained he fell in love with the area when his high-school AAU team played a tournament at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.
Maxiell finished high school in Carrollton, Texas. The Detroit Pistons used the 26th overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft to select him out of the University of Cincinnati.
Maxiell signed his Magic contract in mid-July.
He'll earn $2.5 million in the season ahead. His salary of $2.5 million for the 2014-15 season will become guaranteed if he remains on the Magic roster beyond mid-July of 2014.
Team officials and Vaughn love Maxiell's grit, work ethic and toughness, and they believe he'll positively influence the team's legion of young players.
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