Serge Ibaka is being shopped around the NBA by the Orlando Magic, but he may not be the only Magic player who could be traded at the deadline as the franchise is looking to rebuild. Orlando is now 6 games behind the Detroit Pistons for the 8th seed in the Western Conference, and they are not looking to be getting any better.
Al Jefferson, Ian Mahinmi, and Serge Ibaka are all available in trade talks
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 5, 2017
Prior to this offseason, Orlando was the team that many expected to compete a few years down the road as they had a solid young core of Victor Oladipo, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, and Nikola Vucevic. That all changed when the Magic decided to trade Oladipo to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Ibaka while also signing Bismack Biyombo away from the Toronto Raptors. This crated a cluster of big men, rid the young team of their future, and led to the current record of 20-35.
The franchise now knows that after their failure of an offseason, the current roster is not going to be bringing them anywhere close to an NBA title in the near future. With that being said, they have decided that is is time to blow up the roster and begin rebuilding for the future.
League sources indicate Orlando has begun pursuing trades for a rebuild. Last night’s loss dropped Magic 6 games out of the playoff picture.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) February 10, 2017
Ibaka’s name has come up in many rumors, but Vucevic is another player who will not be spending too much more time with the team. After spending his first four seasons with Orlando as a starter, he has become more and more angered with lack of playing time coming from head coach, Frank Vogel. Vucevic, 26, is nearing the prime of his career, and knows he could be much more useful playing for a far better team while also being in a larger role.
Orlando has a lot of pieces that could be traded as the trade deadline nears, which could lead to them landing a lot of draft picks and expiring contracts. The Magic seem to be one of those teams that are always going through a rebuilding process, which means they know what to do in the coming days. The problem is that each time, they never seem to rebuild correctly to compete for a championship.
Maybe this rebuild will be different.