Not Much Targets for Magic Before Deadline
With a week before the trade deadline, I took a look at who the players might be that Orlando will target and who Orlando is attached to. There are plenty of players on the wish list for the Magic's fans, but Otis Smith likes to keep things close to the chest. I doubt we will hear much before something actually goes down.
And the fact is, as much as fans want Orlando to make a splashy move, I do not think they can. Nor do I think they will.
Since the trades in December that brought Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu to Orlando, everyone has wanted a big man to back up Dwight Howard. Without Marcin Gortat behind him, it has been clear this is a glaring weakness in the roster. You can see it whenever Dwight Howard goes out of the game.
Sam Smith of Bulls.com linked Orlando to Zach Randolph. That got Magic fans excited to add a borderline All Star to the front court. The clamoring for Orlando to go after Marcus Camby has been pretty loud even though Camby has been hurt.
No one seems satisfied with this team.
But the Magic's hands are tied. I played around with ESPN.com's Trade Machine in trying to assess the realities of acquiring some of these players, and unless Orlando wants to give up JJ Redick (their most valuable asset), Brandon Bass or Jameer Nelson, a deal is going to be very difficult.
That is because Orlando has already made a major trade.
The Magic, because they are over the salary cap, cannot trade Turkoglu, Arenas, Richardson or Earl Clark in combination with any other players on their roster. That almost limits the Magic to one for one deals. And these types of deals rarely happen.
What is more likely to happen is Orlando pick up someone off the waiver wire after the trade deadline once players earn buyouts. That appears what is going to happen with Troy Murphy of New Jersey.
Sorry to disappoint Magic fans, but that is just the reality this team is facing.