At about 7 Wednesday night, the lights inside Amway Center will dim, the song "Can't Hold Us" will blare from loudspeakers and the announcer will introduce each member of the Orlando Magic's starting lineup: Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Tobias Harris, Glen Davis and Nik Vucevic. Savor that moment, because it might be the last time some of those starters will play in Orlando as members of the Magic. Wednesday's matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies will be the Magic's final home game before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 20. The Magic might make at least one move before the deadline, and much of the speculation revolves around three of their most well-known veterans: Afflalo, Davis and the team's longest-tenured player, Nelson. "It doesn't really scare me," said Davis, a burly 6-foot-9 power forward. "As a player, do you want to know where you're going to go if you get traded? Yeah, you want to know before everybody else knows. But, at the end of the day, this is still a business, and there's always a bright side of things." NBA players often dread this time of year, because their lives can change in an instant, and they have little to no control over where they'll play and live. Contending teams view the trade deadline as one of their last chances to improve before the upcoming playoffs. Rebuilding teams — like the Magic — often regard the deadline as an opportunity to stockpile future draft picks or young players who might accelerate the rebuilding process. "We're exploring all options that may improve our team," Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan said. "But in terms of aggressively, actively trying to do something? I would say no [we're not]." Afflalo, a 28-year-old shooting guard, likely is drawing the most interest of any of Orlando's veterans. He's having the most productive season of his pro career, averaging 19.6 points per game, and his shooting ability would be a significant asset in the playoffs.
As NBA trade deadline nears, questions loom on Magic players' futures
Orlando Sentinel | Feb 12