The Orlando Magic announced the signing of Argentine swingman Patrico Garino Monday and received way more attention for it than they ever would’ve liked. Just not for the actual signing, though.
By announcing the deal on Twitter with a photo of Garino putting ink to paper, the Magic may have also revealed what appears to be a big board of their off-season targets.
The tweet has since been deleted, but the photo and, more importantly, the information seen from the slip-up is living on thanks to intrepid Reddit user “pickprotection,” who posted the photo on Imgur and laid out a convenient table of all the info on that white board.
(Image via pickprotection from Reddit)
The board is divided into four columns: Hybrid Trade, Hybrid Free Agency, Spread Bigs Trade and FA (Spread Bigs?) with the terms hybrid and spread referring to the player (combo forward and stretch big man).
Of interest to Toronto Raptors fans will be that DeMarre Carroll, P.J. Tucker, Patrick Patterson and Serge Ibaka’s names were all on this list, meaning there’s a chance Magic GM Rob Hennigan will be checking in with the Raptors to discuss a trade for Carroll – who still has two years left on his current deal with approximately $30 million still owed – and making calls to Tucker, Patterson and Ibaka, all unrestricted free agents this summer.
As for the rest of the listing, what most jumps out is the note that shows “Saric (For AG?)”, indicating that the Magic could already be in talks for a deal that would see them acquire talented Philadelphia 76ers rookie Dario Saric for third-year high-flyer Aaron Gordon.
For what it’s worth, Hennigan has downplayed the leaked list of players, telling The Orlando Sentinel that the lists are “not indicative of plans” and that he and his team were “simply listing options, including some of which other teams have inquired about.”
It makes sense that Hennigan would try to pour water over this whole situation. No GM wants their plans to be made public until they decide for them to be released, however, he didn’t outright deny that these lists were indicative of his team’s off-season targets, so there could be some insight to be gleaned from all of this.
Or, you know, it could just be an elaborate smokescreen.
Here’s hoping it wasn’t just that.