The Orlando Magic has proposed trading former University of Maryland swingman Laron Profit to the Washington Wizards, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations. It is unclear what the Magic would like in return or what Washington would be willing to part with.
Since Profit is an unsigned, second-round draft pick (38th overall), Orlando probably is seeking a future second-round pick. It is unlikely that the Wizards would deal any of their players.
The Wizards are believed to be contemplating the trade but may wait to see if Profit makes Orlando's roster. The Magic has 20 players, five more than it can keep once the season starts. Should Profit not make the team, he could be available as a minimum-salaried free agent.
Wizards General Manager Wes Unseld did not return a phone message left at his office.
The Wizards are not believed to have made any progress yesterday in acquiring a power forward.
Washington also is in negotiations with veteran reserve guard Reggie Jordan, according to a source close to the situation. Jordan, who was with the Minnesota Timberwolves the past two seasons, has spent the majority of the past five seasons in the NBA after playing off and on in the CBA and Europe since finishing at New Mexico State in 1991.
The Wizards are debating whether to extend Jordan a guaranteed minimum-salary contract that would be worth roughly $500,000, the source said.
The Wizards have four guards under contract and are seeking a taller back-court player who could come off the bench and play point or shooting guard, particularly in defensive situations. Profit and Jordan are 6 feet 4 and have played both guard spots.
Profit led the Atlantic Coast Conference in steals (87) as a junior and is second in Maryland history with 272 steals -- sixth all-time in the ACC. A three-time all-ACC selection, Profit averaged 14.5 points and shot 50 percent in earning honorable mention all-American honors for the Terrapins as a senior.