Originally Posted by improbus
It seemed fairly obvious that the only thing Orlando wanted in return was lottery picks. But, none of the proposed deals had them in there and so they cut bait and made a deal. Could they have waited and gotten more? Maybe.
The Magic plan to suck this season. Likely next season as well and at least one beyond that. Those lottery picks plus those first round picks of the other teams should allow the team to be competitive in a few years. Harkless and, to a lesser extent, Vuvcevic, are lottery tickets. Perhaps they become starters on a good team, perhaps they get lucky and become stars.
If not, they'll try to get league average starters from the Nugget, Laker, and 76er picks, and they'll hope they get difference-makers from their own picks.
A best case scenario:
Magic suck, but Harkless shows flashes of being very, very good as a SF. Vucevic also shows signs of being a solid center, with good perimeter skills. Aaron Afflalo takes the next step as a bona fide All-Star, while Glen Davis builds on his playoff run by going for 15/8 as the first inside option on offense and primary rebounder. They add a top pick in the draft in Shabazz Muhammed at PG.
Next season, they lose some huge contracts, so they can then play the free agency game.