Magic Going After #1 Overall Pick Via Trade
The Orlando Magic would like to get better in a hurry. Part of the plan in attempting to do so may be trading up to acquire the number one overall picked in the 2014 NBA Draft, currently held by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It might take a lot to do so, though, and the Magic seem prepared. According to ESPN.com, the Magic have dangled both the fourth and 12th overall picks in this year’s draft, as well as sharpshooting guard Arron Afflalo in an effort to snag the top pick for the Cavs.
It’s a trade Cleveland is said to be strongly considered, especially since they appear to be genuinely torn on who to draft with the top overall pick. Trading down would almost surely rob them of the chance of getting either Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins, but it would also give them a quality veteran scoring option, as well as two great picks inside the top-12 to help to continue the rebuilding process.
Hypothetically, the Cavs could slide down to the fourth spot and still snag big man Joel Embiid, the player they were long rumored to like the most for the top spot. Due to back and foot issues, however, Embiid’s stock had taken a major hit, making him a considerable risk. Three picks down from the top spot, however, it’s possible Cleveland would consider Embiid worth the risk.
The Cavs would be able to pick up a potential role player eight picks later at number 12, which could help offset the risk of taking the plunge with Embiid.
As for the Magic, they would almost certainly pick between Parker and Wiggins to give them a potential superstar to build around going forward.
Considering Cleveland is reportedly undecided about what they want to do at the top spot, it’s growing increasingly likely that they make a deal to drop down. Whether it’s this deal pitched by the Magic or another sweeter deal, however, remains to be determined.
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