The Orlando Magic will have some decisions to make regarding their veteran players as the 2013-14 NBA trade deadline approaches on Feb. 20.
Jameer Nelson could interest a contending team that needs an experienced, playoff-tested point guard with a cap-friendly contract. Arron Afflalo, who is off to the best start of his career, could tempt teams looking to add a wing scorer and willing defender. And Glen Davis could entice a team that needs a quality low-post defender.
One team thought to be a title contender suddenly has a major flaw in its backcourt.
On Monday, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose underwent surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. Bulls officials announced that Rose will miss the remainder of the season.
Chicago doesn't have much quality depth at point guard behind Kirk Hinrich.
It's all idle speculation at this point, but there's no question Nelson could help the Bulls, who began Monday ranked 25th in the NBA in offensive efficiency, averaging 96.9 points per 100 possessions.
Afflalo could help, too.
A problem with the Bulls is that they already have a payroll of almost $79.3 million for this season, according to the website ShamSports.com, and are on track to face a luxury-tax penalty.
Nelson's salary for this season is $8.6 million, according to ShamSports.
His salary of $8 million for the 2014-15 season, the final year of his contract, is only guaranteed for $2 million.
Chicago currently holds a pair of first-round picks in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft: its own pick and a protected pick from the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Magic aren't necessarily looking to trade Nelson or Afflalo or Davis. But given the franchise's rebuilding effort, team officials would be foolish not to listen at least to any trade offers that may arise.
Back in the game
Andrew Nicholson played 25 minutes, 47 seconds in Sunday's 104-96 loss to the Phoenix Suns—his most playing time in two weeks.
He scored 19 points and collected eight rebounds.
Also, he went 3 for 4 from 3-point range.
From Nov. 3 through Saturday, he had gone 0 for 11 from beyond the arc.
Nicholson now is shooting 33 percent on 3-point attempts from the corners, according to the NBA's official statistics database.
In their win Sunday over the Magic, the Suns went just 1 for 3 from the free-throw line.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there has been only one other instance in NBA history in which a team has won a game in which it has made one or fewer foul shots.
On Nov. 19, 1977, the New Orleans Jazz made 1 of 5 free-throw attempts in a 103-101 victory over the Houston Rockets.
According to the website Basketball-Reference.com, Jazz guard Pete Maravich scored a game-high 39 points, including one on his lone free-throw attempt.
Jim McElroy, Maravich's teammate, went 0 for 4 from the line.
The Magic will face the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night in Atlanta.
Keep an eye on Atlanta shooting guard Kyle Korver.
Korver has made at least one 3-pointer in 87 consecutive regular-season games. That's the second-longest streak in NBA history. Dana Barros owns the league record; Barros made at least one 3-pointer in 89 straight games.
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