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Throughout the years of the Association’s existence, we’ve seen numerous ways of how teams choose to rebuild. Of how they go about attempting to bring their teams from positions of mediocrity or consistent failure, and into the elusive contender field that is rarely occupied by more than five or six teams from year-to-year.
There are different methods, for sure. Blowing it all up and starting from scratch by building through the draft (don’t make me say tanking), as of recently at least, seems to be the most common way.
Some teams are able to rebuild through free agency. Others are just unintentionally bad, catch a few lucky breaks, and manage to land a high lottery pick who works out, and they’re able to build around that player.
Then there’s what we’re seeing the Magic do right now, which we may have seen a similar version of before.
Back in October of last year, Magic Basketball’s Nate Drexler wrote about the issue surrounding Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis still being on the Magic roster, for they looked as if they would get in the way of developing the young talent. He wrote that dealing them was probably for the best — a near-consensus opinion at the time — as they were both believed to be decent players on relatively fair contracts, therefore they each had solid trade value.