NBA Trade Deadline 2023 – What will the Orlando Magic do?
With the NBA Trade Deadline fast approaching, the leaders of the 30 franchises are busy making the necessary moves before February 9th. Of course, every team’s situation is different, and that’s why we wanted to create a specific deadline document with the franchise. Presentation issues, issues to watch, intentions in the transfer market… we tell you everything. On the menu today is the Orlando Magic
DEADLINE MAGIC, BETTER BUYER OR SELLER?
While Orlando has been better and better lately (3 wins in the last 5 games), the Floridians are still in 13th place in the Eastern Conference with 20 wins and 31 losses. The Magic have a promising roster. The third youngest team in the league, they are poised to win more games than in previous seasons. Orlando has also beaten some of the NBA’s best teams: Celtics, Sixers, Warriors… Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner have the potential to be All-Stars, but you have to cover them properly and the Magic are working on that.
That’s why we can expect the Disney franchise to move around a bit between now and the deadline, potentially deciding to part ways with a few expiring veterans (by adding a young player or capital draft) to restore a good counterpart. This will allow Orlando to give their promotion an extra push and maybe even compete for a playoff spot this season, who knows?
TRANSFERABLE MAGIC PLAYER(S).
There are many people involved.
First of all Mo Bamba. Pivot was extended this summer, he wasn’t badly built. The interest in him around the league would cause Orlando to listen to offers about him. At the age of 24, Bamba lost his starting spot and did not advance. Under contract through 2024 (he gets $10.3 million per season), he’s averaging 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds this year. His athletic, lean interior profile with the ability to shoot from distance could appeal to some franchises looking for improvements to their bench.
At the same time, Gary Harris, who re-signed with the Magic in the summer of 2022, could be used to balance salaries in the deal. A veteran shooter on an affordable contract is the type of player that can get people interested as well. Take a look RJ Hampton. Freshly recalled from the G-League, the point guard is often injured and a victim of competition at his position. Once the Magic decide not to renew his contract for next season, teams can acquire him and no longer rely on him.
Do you think the Magic will make a move at this year’s trade date? #MagicTogether #OrlandoMagic pic.twitter.com/pcWPXS1cbm
-Orlando Magic HQ (@OMagicHQ) January 27, 2023
And of course there is Terrence Ross. Despite persistent exit rumors for several years, the defender remained in Orlando. And if the Magic don’t trade him before the 2023 Trade Deadline, the 31-year-old could negotiate a buyout, but that would only be a last resort. Ross, a free agent this summer, probably won’t be extended, so the Magic would logically want to trade him. T-Ross is averaging 8 points and shooting 38% this year.
PLAYERS WANTED BY THE MAGIC
Orlando has all of its first-round picks, plus two from Chicago two years ago in the Nikola Vucevic trade. Therefore, the young players that people might be interested in (Cole Anthony, Markelle Fultz, RJ Hampton, etc.)
As for the players being tracked, it’s not that specific. Fred VanVleet was once linked to a Florida franchise, but the competition on file is aggressive. And then, does he want to be part of an official Drake-like rebuilding project? I’m not sure. We will continue to follow this case closely.
Nikola VucevicTwo years ago, he left Orlando for the Bulls and said that he wanted to return. But the contract is expected to last until this summer, when Vooch becomes a free agent.
The Suns and Magic have emerged as potential free agent suitors for Fred VanVleet, sources say. @ShamsCharania.
VanVleet is among several players the Raptors are eyeing ahead of the trade deadline if Toronto decides to rebuild.https://t.co/AebTkP4hes pic.twitter.com/QoXLAzh4SO
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) January 17, 2023
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