The Magic lost to the Mavericks 107-88
The midway point of the season is nearing, and the 10-29 Magic have decisions to make the rest of the way.
What do they need to do? We've suggested that they start rookie Victor Oladipo at point guard, taking the next step in their experiment. We've concluded that it's not necessary to trade swingman Arron Afflalo for salary-cap purposes -- the Magic will have plenty of money available over the next few seasons to lure free agents.
Here is the final installment of my mini-series:
Nelson could give a boost to a team needing veteran point-guard experience. He also has a salary-cap friendly contract, even though it doesn’t expire until after next season.
Nelson is about halfway through the $8 million he’ll make this season. Next season, only $2 million of his contract is guaranteed.
The Magic could do Nelson a favor for his loyalty since joining the Magic with Dwight Howard in the 2004 draft. They could deliver him to a playoff team, but again…the Magic need something back in the deal and Nelson likely won’t command much in the return.
By trading Nelson, the Magic also would be in the market for a point guard next season.
If it’s not Oladipo, they would have to find another through free agency, trade or in the draft. Depending on how the lottery ping-pong balls land. Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart might be the ideal pick, but probably not the choice if they land slots 1 through 4.