The NBA's trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. on Thursday with several deals taking place — most of them minor — but no movement out of Amway Center.
The Magic did not make a deal before the trade deadline opting to hold on to their assets — most notably veterans Arron Afflalo, Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis — past the league's trading deadline. The biggest deal of the day came right at the gun when Indiana traded Danny Granger to Philadelphia for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen.
Orlando, according to reports, seemed reluctant to make any deals until the final days before the deadline. Things ratcheted up, but no deal appeared to present itself. Orlando did not seem willing to make a deal just to make a deal or dump salary. All three of those veteran players will be available and able to be traded in the summer before the NBA Draft and during free agency. Nelson and Davis will be expiring contracts at that point, Afflalo will have just one year remaining.
This season was seemingly developing much like last year when the Magic insisted J.J. Redick would not be dealt before finding a deal literally minutes before the deadline and completing the deal that sent him to Milwaukee. That worked out for the Magic especially since Redick was due to become a free agent.
Orlando did not have those kind of assets this time around.
This time around, too, the rest of the NBA seemed to be hitting a recognition of the new salary cap and collective bargaining agreement. The Magic, looking for young players and first round picks, were likely not going to find them or find them very hard to pry out of the clutching hands of several teams. No first round picks were exchanged at the deadline this year while several second round picks exchanged hands — including Orlando's pick sent to Cleveland in the Justin Harper trade.
The Magic still appear to be in good shape to have some cap room this summer and significant cap room for the summers of 2015 and 2016. The puzzle is still coming together and the Draft will be the next piece added.