Cohen: Patience is Key in Orlando
And perhaps most importantly, it’s become very apparent that general manager Rob Hennigan and his staff have been dazzlingly effective at evaluating talent.
Most combated the decision to deal Howard for a collection of relatively unheard of players like Vucevic. But as time has passed, everyone is praising the verdict. With Howard no longer in L.A., Andre Iguodala away from Denver and with Andrew Bynum plagued by unalleviated knee problems, not only the did the Magic win the blockbuster four-team trade they are only the team with the players involved still on their roster.
The same can be said for the Redick trade. As Harris has continued to grow in Orlando, Redick and the others that were involved in that trade (Gustavo Ayon, Ish Smith) are very much gone from Milwaukee.
And where the Magic really look impressive is when you assess last June’s NBA Draft. While Oladipo has been as advertised and is a legit candidate for Rookie of the Year honors this season, just about all of the other selections other than Michael Carter-Williams have been a disappointment.