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Report: Raptors, Magic can’t trade with each other for a year

Toronto Raptors v Orlando Magic

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Cory Joseph #6 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles towards Elfrid Payton #4 of the Orlando Magic during the 2016 NBA Global Games London match between Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic at The O2 Arena on January 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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The Magic will send the Raptors a 2018 second-round pick for hiring Jeff Weltman, who was Toronto’s general manager.

But that’s not the only consequence of hire.

Yahoo Sports:

The move invoked the NBA provision that Toronto and Orlando are not permitted to trade players with each other until the earlier of May 24, 2018, or the conclusion of the 2017-18 season for either organization, league sources told The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

The NBA made a similar ruling when the Clippers sent the Celtics a first-rounder to hire Doc Rivers, and I don’t like it now, either. It’s needlessly restrictive, preventing talent from flowing to the optimal locations.

At least Orlando isn’t a logical destination for the Raptor most likely to be dealt: Jonas Valanciunas. The Magic already have enough centers with Nikola Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo – a lesson that influenced their last trade with Toronto, dealing Serge Ibaka.