Let’s combine trade rumors.
Teams will express interest in Dragic ahead of the trade deadline — a bunch, including the Magic, already did, per league sources — but Miami can hold out for a hefty return.
If the Heat are tanking, they have little use for Dragic, who’s on the wrong side of 30. Better to deal him now to a team that will get value from him while he’s still productive. It’s far from guaranteed he’ll still be helpful once Miami is ready to win again.
But why does Orlando want anything to do with him?
The Magic have fared better when starting offensive-minded D.J. Augustin and bringing Elfrid Payton off the bench. Dragic would be a talent upgrade in the Augustin role and fit well in the short term.
But Orlando is 16-24, 12th in the East and four games out of postseason position. The playoffs are a pipedream, and the Magic should focus on building for the future.
Trading for Dragic would reek of another desperate attempt to accelerate their rebuild, perhaps a last-ditch chance for general manager Rob Hennigan to save his job.
Hennigan’s history of making such moves gives reason to believe he’d actually deal for Dragic. But it also creates cover for Miami to leak Orlando interest (even if it’s not real) and drive up the asking price for Dragic. So, I’m a little skeptical about this report. But Magic fans should have trepidation, just in case.