Cohen 8-Ball: How Magic Can Benefit from Trade Exception
Josh Cohen’s Analysis: Aside from acquiring a collection of quality young players, including Nikola Vucevic, Arron Afflalo and Maurice Harkless in the Dwight Howard trade, the Magic also netted a $17.8 million trade exception, which is the largest of its kind in NBA history. While complicated to expand on all the details, essentially the deal was divided into separate trades – also known as a non-simultaneous trade – and Howard was virtually swapped for Vucevic. This exception is valid for one full calendar year. Therefore, if Orlando decides to use it, it must do so before it expires on Aug. 10, 2013.