Rob Hennigan Rumors
While the Magic are hoping for another summer of growth from Aaron Gordon (20 years old), Mario Hezonja (20), Elfrid Payton (22), Victor Oladipo (23) and Fournier (23), GM Rob Hennigan and Skiles agree that the team needs to add some veteran leadership over the summer via free agency and trades. Orlando dealt its most experienced player, Channing Frye, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in February – a move designed to create more salary cap space when the free-agent courting process begins on July 1.
“We feel like we need to add experience to the team and that’s something that I’ve said throughout the season,’’ Hennigan said. “It’s something as the season played out we’ve been able to pinpoint that we do need some of that experience to stabilize us. Part of our strategy as we move into the summer is to pinpoint Plan As, Plan Bs and certain contingencies – all within the vain of trying to bring in experience to the team. We think that with the nucleus that we have, with a few veteran pieces that we’ll be well-positioned for the postseason.’’
Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja, Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton and Nik Vucevic aren’t going anywhere. The Orlando Magic will not trade any member of their young nucleus before this season’s NBA trade deadline expires on Thursday afternoon, general manager Rob Hennigan told the Orlando Sentinel tonight.
With the NBA trade deadline looming on Feb. 18, the Orlando Magic soon will have some critical decisions to make. “We’ll be very active in our discussions,” Magic GM Rob Hennigan told the Orlando Sentinel at the midway point of the Magic’s season. “It’s our job to constantly search for ways to improve the team. It doesn’t mean that those discussions will necessarily lead to action. We’re in a position where a lot of teams like our players, and so we’ll certainly have options. If something makes sense for us, we’ll be aggressive. But it needs to make sense for both the long and short terms. So we’ll stay equally as disciplined in our decision-making as we are active in our discussions.”