Cohen 8-Ball: Analyzing Trade Deadline Activity
Cohen’s Analysis: The Magic’s long-term vision is very rational. When they traded Dwight Howard last summer, they purposely allowed for future financial flexibility and a more undeviating, yet rewarding renovation. With patience, Orlando will stock up on a high draft pick this year and probably another high draft pick next year (the year that could transfigure the landscape of the league) and will have a load of cap space to sign top-tier free agents in 2014 or 2015. As a result, don’t expect the Magic to take on any hefty contracts for the next year.