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Old 06-27-2014, 08:13 AM   #1
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They selected forward Aaron Gordon at No. 4 and point guard Elfrid Payton at No. 12, making a trade to acquire Payton, a rising small-school prospect out of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Payton was named college basketball's Lefty Driesell Defensive Player of the Year. Gordon led the country in a sabermetric called defensive win shares for Arizona. Last season the Magic picked Victor Oladipo, who had been named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year.

There's definitely a trend here, with the Magic choosing players who, at the moment, are better athletes than basketball players.

Gordon and Payton are somewhat surprising picks for Orlando, lacking the marquee appeal. If general manager Rob Hennigan learned anything at San Antonio, it was that team-building isn't about collecting talent but fitting pieces together.

-- Orlando Sentinel
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Acquiring Fournier for Afflalo also will open approximately $6 million in additional cap space for Orlando. The Magic could have as much as $28.7 million in cap space this summer.

The team isnít expected to be a major player in free agency, but the additional cap space might help the Magic add a high-priced player via a trade.

The major question is this: Could the Magic have received a better player in exchange for Afflalo?

Hennigan said the interest in Afflalo from other teams was significant, but he would not disclose the other offers the Magic received.

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