CULTURE, CULTURE, CULTURE...
Ironically enough, Jeff Weltman (Magic team President) hates the word culture, but it's obvious from what he's building and what he's trimming from the roster that "culture" matters. A culture of savvy veterans mixed with high upside youngsters...and length, the guy loves length. Let's review the deal from this weekend:
The Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls were reportedly finalizing a three-way trade Saturday involving Timofey Mozgov, Bismack Biyombo, Julyan Stone and Jerian Grant.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal would send Mozgov from Charlotte to Orlando, Biyombo from Orlando to Charlotte, Stone from Charlotte to Chicago and Grant from Chicago to Orlando. Read more @ BleacherReport.com
Some are calling the deal a wash for the Magic, getting rid of the 17m/per year contract of Bismack Biyombo for the 16m/per year contract of Timofey Mosgov. But to me, the deal tells a bigger story. The trade tells me that the Magic don't want the stench of a bad contract from the old (Hennigan) regime. It's one thing to have a bad contract, it's another thing when that contract is a 20-something year old athlete who expects more playing time, and is a constant reminder of why the Magic are where they are in the Eastern Conference pecking order. Mosgov comes in as a guy who can provide some defensive assistance, isn't as much of a liability as Biyombo on the offensive end, and can actually hit a free-throw (70%). Mosgov is a much better fit, as a savvy veteran that can groom Mo Bamba, rather than worrying about his own playing time/stats.
Oh, and then there's Jerian Grant (nephew of Horace). Long/athletic guard who can hit a shot off the dribble and plays good defense, which the Magic desperately need in that spot.
Great trade, not a wash, an absolute win. A+