Orlando Magic’s general manager (GM) Rob Hennigan is open to trading some of his players saying that the squad will look to upgrade their line-up before the NBA’s trade deadline this season if a good deal becomes available.
Hennigan, who is the youngest GM in the league and who has been with the Orlando franchise since 2012, shared his thoughts about Magic’s plans and future in a recent interview with the Orlando Sentinel.
“We’ll be very active in our discussions. It’s our job to constantly search for ways to improve the team. It doesn’t mean that those discussions will necessarily lead to action,” Hennigan said when asked about possible NBA trades before the trade deadline in February.
“We’re in a position where a lot of teams like our players, and so we’ll certainly have options. If something makes sense for us, we’ll be aggressive. But it needs to make sense for both the long and short terms. So we’ll stay equally as disciplined in our decision-making as we are active in our discussions.”
While the Magic are not considered title favorites in the current season, they have a young team and have depth particularly in the wing and frontcourt positions.
From the shooting guard and small forward positions, Orlando has Evan Fournier, Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, Aaron Gordon and Mario Hezonja sharing playing time throughout the season. From the center and power forward positions, Orlando has Channing Frye, Andrew Nicholson, Nikola Vucevic and Dewayne Dedmon as the key guys who see minutes on the floor.
It’s not likely that the Magic can net a superstar in one-on-one trades but a package from among this group of players can entice other NBA squads into dealing with the Magic before the trade deadline.
The Magic are currently tied with the Washington Wizards in 10th place of the Eastern Conference team standings with a 20-21 record so far this season. They are just one game back off the Boston Celtics (22-21) and two games back off the Miami Heat (23-20) for a place inside the playoff picture.