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In late June, the Orlando Magic traded a proven player and their leading scorer to the Denver Nuggets for, essentially, two unknowns, which in most cases isn’t a smart move.
With the 56th overall pick in the 2014 draft, which was included in the trade, the Magic acquired Devyn Marble, a potent scorer in college who has a lot of developing to do before he becomes a rotational player in the NBA. With the Magic now having their own D-League affiliate, there’s a strong chance Marble will spend a lot of his rookie season on assignment with the Erie BayHawks. With that in mind, it’s unlikely he’ll be a big contributor anytime soon.
The focal point of the trade was Evan Fournier who, despite some upside, has very little mileage – 114 games and 1,931 minutes — and a short resume — 840 points and 156 assists — since entering the league in 2012.
On the surface, the trade was heavily lopsided, even with Arron Afflalo’s impending free agency (he has a player option after the 2014-15 season). The Nuggets got the Magic’s leading scorer and fringe Eastern Conference All-Star in return for a bench player and one of the final picks in the draft. However, the Magic have had Fournier on their radar for quite some time and feel as though he fits in perfectly with what they are trying to accomplish right now. The question is: are they overvaluing him, or does he actually have the potential to bring them much-needed scoring?