After all the talk of a trade between the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers revolving around the number one pick, the Magic made a trade on the morning of the NBA Draft. The trade they made, however, wasn’t what anyone was expecting.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2014
The trade, as I said, was a little unexpected. Arron Afflalo was in a rumor to be traded to the Cavaliers, along with the 4th and 12th pick in the NBA Draft for the first overall pick. After the Magic made this move, obviously, that rumor is now completely dead.
Earlier in the morning, another rumor concerning the Magic was that Cleveland had been calling around the league asking what they could get in return for Orlando’s picks. The move to Denver for Afflalo means that the Magic seem to not have enough assets to make that trade anymore.
Since the deal between the two teams seem to be dead, that raises the question that maybe the Utah Jazz trade offer with the Cavaliers could potentially be revisited. Anything can happen on draft day.
For Denver, they get a great deal here. Afflalo has been a member of the Nuggets before, and after coming off arguably the best season of his career, Denver could get really good, really quick.
Denver was hurt with injuries last season. Danillo Gallinari, Javelle McGee, and Wilson Chandler missed most of the season. If those three can come back healthy this season, and adding Afflalo to the mix, the playoffs could be something that is a very real possibility this upcoming season.
The day of the draft is sounding like it is going to be crazy. Stay tuned for everything that happens throughout the day, here at Purple and Blues.