Orlando Magic’s 5 best trades of the last 10 years
3. The French guy can play
The Orlando Magic acquired Arron Afflalo in the Dwight Howard trade and he played two seasons for the team before the Maigc traded him to the Denver Nuggets.
He started in every game in those two years and was the Magic’s leading scorer and borderline All-Star in the 2014 season. Afflalo averaged 18.2 points per game on a 52 percent effective field goal percentage and 42.7 percent shooting from three.
Afflalo was the focal point of the Magic offense and averaged a career-high in points, assists, and steals. The five-year veteran at the time built quite a resume and increased his value in his time with Orlando.
With Rob Hennigan building a young team to grow together, an Arron Afflalo trade was imminent.
He was traded in the summer for an unproven second-year player out of France and the 56th pick in the draft, Devyn Marble.
Marble was a young shooter with size coming out of Iowa. He played in 44 games for the Magic but never established himself as a consistent player. Marble never scored more than nine points in an NBA contest, and as the 56th pick in the 2014 draft, this is expected.
The real prize though proved to be that second-year player, the little-used Evan Fournier.
Marble and Fournier were not a great haul for a player coming off of a career year at the time, but Afflalo only had one year left on his deal at the time of the trade. This limited his value as he was turning 29 years old, but this trade paid off for the Magic.
Fournier was a 6-foot-6 former 20th selection who can shoot the basketball. Hennigan was revamping the roster and bringing in younger talent to grow together.
Fournier had a solid second year in Denver, averaging 8.4 points per game and shooting 37.6 percent from three. Hennigan was building a team comprised of non-shooters in Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon. Fournier was acquired to accommodate those players and stretch the floor.
The first season in Orlando, Fournier split time coming off the bench. Once he proved he could be one of the better offensive scorers on the roster, he was given the opportunity to start and he produced.
This sure worked out for the Magic, as the 23-year-old continued to improve his game while Afflalo started to regress elsewhere.
Fournier went on to have an impactful seven-year career for the Magic. Fournier finished ninth in games played, ninth in minutes played, eighth in field goals made, third in three-point field goals made, 10th in two-point field goals made, ninth in free throws and 10th in assists.
He has been a staple of Orlando basketball for several years and played in the only two playoff berths in the last 10 years for the Magic.
Hennigan did his homework on Fournier and took a chance on an international player. Fournier went on to establish himself as a NBA starter and offensive threat.