UnFadeable21 wrote:Xatticus wrote:UnFadeable21 wrote:I personally think it’s time for a full on rebuild for the Magic and wait for the 2021 season when Isaac is back and healthy. Would you be willing to move Aaron Gordon to the Minnesota Timberwolves for their 17th pick, James Johnson, and Jacob Evans.
That would give the Magic two first round picks: the 15th and 17th to either move into the top 10 or pick two rookies where draft experts say the middle is where all the depth players and strength of the draft. Johnson would be an expiring contract that frees up 16 million for the 2021 free agency class that has a lot of talent. Jeremy Evans is a 1st round shooting guard from the Warriors system. Cheap flyer for a season and see what he has.
Orlando barely made the playoffs and I would rather stack up cap room and draft picks to wait to build a real team with the right building blocks and potential for the 2021-22 season.
What say you: Aaron Gordon to Minnesota for the 17th pick, Expiring James Johnson 16 million, and former 1st round pick SG Jacob Evans?
We've already had this discussion around here with Culver in place of Evans. Opinions were mixed. Nobody is going to take that deal with Evans offered instead. I don't think even Gordon's biggest detractors would be amenable to dumping his contract for the 17th pick and his detractors tend to be detractors of Culver as well, due to the same deficiency (the shot isn't there).
Regardless, this front office isn't going to tear it down to tank. They know that they would just be setting the table for the next administration. They've shown no inclination to take even a modest step backwards. They'd rather use roster spots on Ennis, Clark, MCW, or Birch, as opposed to some sort of developmental type. Our two-way contracts were used on a 26-year-old Amile Jefferson and a 30-year-old Josh Magette as break glass in case of emergency scenarios. Their plan is to fight for the eighth seed, then watch a miracle unfold when a healthy 42-win roster manages to dispatch everyone on their path to the title. I'm not saying they wouldn't trade Gordon, but they aren't going to sacrifice a shot at the eighth seed for the 17th pick in the draft. There is zero chance that happens.
I saw J-ragg write that Gordon is probably worth a mid round pick and an expiring contract.
First, who the hell knows what anyone is worth. I said that in a post where I was explaining our guys probably don't have the value a lot of homers on the board think.
I could easily see that being his value though, he had his worst shooting season in a while. But I get what Xatticus is saying. This front office is so obsessed with getting in even if it's as a sub-.500 8th seed, that he can't see them dealing Gordon for that. I hope he's correct, I'm probably the biggest AG homer on the board these days (we are a dying breed).