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What follows is a primer on some of the considerations the Magic might make.
Magic general manager Rob Hennigan declined to comment for this article. But Hennigan has said it's the front office's responsibility to listen to potential trade offers and evaluate the proposals.
What are the Magic's goals?
The Magic are trying to build for the future.
During Hennigan's tenure, they've attempted to acquire young players with upside and to obtain draft picks. They've also tried to divest themselves of long-term salary commitments in order to give themselves salary-cap flexibility.
If he makes any move at all before Feb. 21, Hennigan likely will want to continue to add youngsters and/or draft picks and also shed salary. Young players can be developed into assets — assets who either can produce on the court or be packaged in a future deal for impact players.
Who are the Magic's most tradeable assets?
Redick can help a contending team, and he already has generated interest. Redick, who will turn 29 in June, has developed into a good player, a good teammate and a solid professional.
Redick has said he wants to stay with the Magic, but the franchise's decision-makers need to decide whether they want to sign him to a long-term deal this offseason. If they don't want to allocate long-term money to Redick, then they need to listen to offers.
Of all the Magic's players, perhaps no one has improved his value more than second-year center Nik Vucevic, but the team is highly unlikely to part with him.
Memphis apparently has told teams
Almost certainly not.
Gay is a good player, for sure, but he's owed about $17.9 million next season and has a player option of almost $19.3 million for 2014-15.
It's unlikely that the Magic would want to clog up their salary cap for a player who isn't an elite-level star, especially at a time when the Magic aren't contenders.