J.J. said he'd have to "weigh" playing for a contender if he receives the right free-agent offer.
It's early, but I don't know why the Magic have yet to talk to him about re-signing,
The Magic need to keep all the good players they can after losing Dwight. Money talks, but there are no guarantees that free-agent stars will trek to Orlando after previous stars have departed acrimoniously.
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A few scouts also mentioned Glen "Big Baby" Davis transforming himself as a marketable commodity. But that was before he left Wednesday's game with a shoulder injury that could affect the Magic's uplifting start and his trade value.
Trading a healthy Davis would set back the team in the standings, but it would speed up the future.
Jameer Nelson would be tough to deal, considering he is making $8 million each of the next two seasons.
Hedo Turkoglu is owed about $12 million the next two seasons if he's traded in February, but doesn't have the value he once did. Al Harrington, making $6.6 million this season and about that over the next two, is expected to be on the block if he can prove he's healthy.
The Magic are not opposed to buying out players, either.
Surely, there are fans who have fallen in love with this club – Heart & Hustle reincarnated -- and they might fear it will change by trade deadline. It might, but do you want to cheer a contender one day or be entertained by a mediocre team?
I can guarantee you this: the next big trade the Magic make won't be as dramatic or nearly as complicated.