Found April 23, 2013 on Orlando Magic Daily:
Bill Simmons delayed his annual trade value column which for fans has become an unofficial ranking of the best players in the NBA. The list is Simmons' attempt to take into account both a player's skill and his value in dollars and cents to determine who would be traded for whom straight up. The No. 2 player would be traded only for the No. 1 player, and so on and so forth. It is always an entertaining read, and as with everything Simmons writes, is sure to spark debate. The lowly Orlando Magic could not have expected to have much reference in this list. Not after a league-worst 20-62 season and a year removed from trading away a superstar player. The hope with that deal was to put the team in position to make a future free agency or draft move in a few years and collect young talent. The goal was not to have someone crack this list until deals started getting made. A deal got made. And someone cracked the list. Bill Simmons of Grantland joined the chorus in ...
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