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Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo have departed Orlando for New Orleans and All-Star Weekend. Oladipo takes the floor first in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night. Then both Magic representatives will be participating in All-Star Saturday Night.
For many fans, though, the attention has already turned to next Thursday's major event -- the Trade Deadline.
One of the big days on the NBA calendar comes up next Thursday and fans around the league are eyeing it very closely even as the league takes its annual All-Star Break. Having every team in one place is only going to heighten that attention.
To prepare for the trade deadline the crew at Basketball Insiders put together a stellar Trade Deadline Primer e-Magazine that is now available online, on the iTunes App Store and in the Android Market for your phone and tablet chock full of great information about the trade deadline. It costs $5.99 and features more than a 100 pages of original content, including interviews with players, agents and general managers giving an inside look at the trade deadline.
It also includes team-by-team previews of the deadline and what each team might be looking to do. Lang Greene wrote the profile on the Magic and predicts:
Expect the Magic to explore all of their options as the trade deadline approaches. The time may be now, while market values are high, to move some of their veteran pieces in order to secure assets for the future. Overall, the veterans have cap-friendly contracts, so don't expect the team to make a rushed move.
For the Magic there is a lot of attention on their veteran players -- Arron Afflalo, Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis. All three seem to be on cap-friendly contracts and all three do not seem to fit the Magic's rebuild plan. All three, despite great presence and leadership in the locker room, are taking up minutes that could be spent on younger players.
Rob Hennigan has to be weighing their value and what he can get in return and what it means for this organization's future.
It is hard to figure out what is true or not with all the noise in the form of rumors that will be coming down the pike. Already Marc Stein of ESPN.com claimed in a chat conducted Wednesday that the Magic would "give away" Nelson and Davis. I have read reports that would suggest management is not quite ready to support that belief when it comes to Nelson (the organization really values his loyalty and leadership).
Then again, anything can happen in the next week. All we can do is sit and wait.