Mar 21, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash (13) drives around Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
I am waiting for the Orlando Magic to say "SIKE!"
I mean really. The currently-reported trade - awaiting a call to finalize with the league office tomorrow morning - has the Orlando Magic taking back two middling contracts (Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington), two middling-talent youngsters (Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkless) and 3-4 future middling picks (lottery-protected first-rounders).
NOT ONE high-end talent back to Orlando?
On the dark side (for the Suns), the Lakers are stacked. Of course, they'd be even more stacked if this was 2008 or 2009, but still. Gasol, Bryant, World Peace, Nash and Howard in their starting lineup? Good lord.
Also on the dark side (for the Suns), Denver swapped Afflalo and Harrington for Andre Iguodala.
But on the bright side, it appears that Robert Sarver's plan to acquire a star for middling talent and low draft picks is alive and well! All we need is a team like Orlando to look at the Suns next time. But rest assured, it's now been proven as a quality rebuilding plan. *smh*
What is Orlando thinking here? With this trade, they won't have cap room until 2014. TWO YEARS! They've purposely strapped themselves with contracts for two years just to rid themselves of Dwight Howard, a top-3 player in the NBA? And to top it off, they didn't add a single high-end talent.
Come on, Orlando. Call "SIKE!"