The Orlando Magic are not good. With a 28-51 record at the tail-end of the NBA season, they sit 13th in the 15-team Eastern Conference, having missed the playoffs for five straight years, and are reportedly planning a big shake-up on and off the court.

For those reasons, the fact the Magic are targeting a number of players through trades or free agency should come as no surprise. Slightly more shocking, however, is the fact the whole world now knows exactly whom is being targeted.

For that, we have to thank an obscure Argentinian guard named Patricio Garino. Or, more to the point, we have to thank Garino's idiot agent.

Clearly overjoyed with his unattached client signing an NBA contract - even if it was only with the Magic - that agent tweeted out a photo of a beaming Garino doing the deal at Orlando headquarters.

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The only problem with that photo was the whiteboard clearly visible in the background, covered by the names of other teams' players.

There were three columns of players visible: hybrid trade (multi-positional players potentially available in trades), hybrid free agency (multi-positional players coming off contract) and spread bigs trade (big men with a jump shot potentially available in trades).

Those lists featured no shortage of players and similar lists are undoubtedly populating whiteboards in the offices of the other 29 franchises in the league. But they're not usually made available to a team's competitors, and the Magic have since been scrambling.

Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan - whose job is for some unknown reason in jeopardy - told the Orlando Sentinel that the lists were "not indicative of plans" and were "simply listing options, including some of which other teams have inquired about".

Fair enough, offering up the 'nothing to see here' defence. But there was one more complication: beside the name of Dario Saric, the Philadelphia 76ers forward who's favourite to win rookie of the year, the Magic had written "(For AG?)", presumably in reference to their own forward Aaron Gordon.

Not exactly the best way to break the news to one of your young stars that he's on the trading block.

"It was definitely something that I wasn't aware of before," Gordon told the Sentinel. "It wasn't for me to see, so for me to see something like that, it brings something that's out of my control into my reality."

Magic coach Frank Vogel said the team were just ready to "move on" and, by the sounds of it, hopefully Gordon is, too.

Is this why position players don't pitch?
One of the most intriguing stories coming into the new Major League Baseball season was that of Christian Bethancourt, a long-time catcher who made the San Diego Padres roster this season primarily as a pitcher.

Bethancourt's previously unknown abilities were discovered last season when he was called on for an emergency relief appearance - something that occasionally happens across a long season, generally to spare the full-time pitchers' arms at the end of blowout losses.

Generally, though, those appearances go poorly: there's a reason position players are paid to hit and field for a living, and most wouldn't have pitched in a competitive game since high school.

But Bethancourt was something of a revelation, hitting 96 miles an hour (155km/h) on the speed gun and recording five outs without giving up a run. And that fastball, in particular, created an alluring possibility for the Padres, one they snatched this spring.

Roster space is tight, after all, and Bethancourt being able to catch and pitch opens up a spot for the team to essentially carry an extra player. Providing Bethancourt can regularly pitch well at big-league level, that is. Which, after his debut on Tuesday, might be questionable.

The 25-year-old entered with the Padres already trailing 7-1 to the LA Dodgers in the fourth inning - and things quickly deteriorated.

After his first pitch went past the catcher and to the backstop, Bethancourt was injured while covering home plate when he collided with a runner sneaking home from third base.

He recovered enough to return to the mound, throw another wild pitch to allow another runner to score, then walk a guy on five pitches. Bethancourt finally got out of the inning when a long fly-ball was caught at the wall ... only to head back to the hill for the fifth and promptly surrender a three-run homer.

His final line: four outs, three runs and two wild pitches. And one experiment that didn't make the best of starts.