Chad Ford of ESPN.com reports the Magic are showing "a lot of interest" in Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe, apparently unconvinced that Trey Burke is the answer at point guard. Ford reports the Magic are offering Arron Afflalo and are showing a willingness to take on Caron Butler's contract. Orlando could then use its draft pick to take a shooting guard.
Bledsoe's name has been attached to the Magic in fan dreams before it was actually substantiated (at least somewhat) by some type of writing in ink. Many believe Bledsoe fits what the Magic are trying to do right now with the youth movement.
It is hard to argue. Bledsoe is 23 years old and has shown steady improvement in each of his three seasons. He averaged 8.5 points per game and 3.1 assists per game off the bench for the Clippers last year. He posted 14.9 points per 36 minutes and shot a 47.3 percent effective field goal percentage.
Those are fine numbers, but is that what the Magic want? With one more year left on his deal before he becomes a restricted free agent, do the Magic want to give up a potential starter and future asset in Afflalo AND take on the remaining one-year, $8 million on Caron Butler's contract?
The answer does not seem to be in favor of a deal based on these parameters. And Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld seems to think this is not something the Magic are actually interested in.
RT @jase_32: What do you think about the rumor by realgm about the magic trading for Eric Bledsoe n butler expiring contract? ---> incorrect— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) May 29, 2013
RT @rwalt72: what is correct in relation to magic/clipps deal involving bledsoe --> no deal on the table. Magic like the idea of Bledsoe— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) May 29, 2013
Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld also tells David Baumann on his radio show on 1080 AM in Orlando that the Magic have been shooting down this rumor.
"The Magic have been shooting it down... There's nothing to it as of now," @alexkennedynba on Bledsoe/Afflalo trade possibilities.— David Baumann (@DavidBaumann33) May 30, 2013
In the short term, it seems Afflalo would provide more production for the Magic. They can always look to move Afflalo in the middle of the season if Orlando wants to feature whatever player it drafts.
Either way you look at it, this reported deal does not seem to have much legs to it. While Orlando may still have an interest in Bledsoe -- the constant swirling of rumors seems to suggest at least this -- working out a deal is an entirely different story. One that does not seem anywhere near close at this point.