2 unrealistic trades Magic must try to make in 2022 NBA offseason
The Orlando Magic once again missed out on the postseason. It is one more disappointing year for the organization as they seek to come back to the top of the NBA. The entire rebuild is now effectively taking the Magic 10+ years, so they need to get their things in order very soon. Now, they have a chance to land some great players through trades, as a lot of superstars might be or are definitely available. Free agency usually does not work for the Magic, simply because they have an unattractive pitch, but with deals, it is much different.
Here are two unrealistic trades the Magic must try to make in the 2022 NBA offseason.
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Unrealistic Magic Trades In 2022 NBA Offseason
Magic get Kevin Durant; Nets get Paolo Banchero, Cole Anthony, Terrence Ross, Jalen Suggs
Starting off with a blockbuster, the Magic could get their best player since Shaquille O’Neal, if they pull the trigger on this massive deal with the Nets. Kevin Durant is completely open to being traded just about anywhere and given the fact he is on a four-year deal, if the Magic win over the Nets with their offer, Durant could be theirs for the next four seasons. With a young core still being there, even without these four players above, the Magic could present KD with a team that could grow with him over the next few seasons. Let’s look at the main reasons why both teams pull the trigger on this deal.
The Nets are looking for a historical haul for Durant, so it is possible that a few picks should be added to this deal to make it work. However, what the Magic could offer them, together with the picks, are some great young assets for the future. Jalen Suggs had an underwhelming year, but he is still a great prospect for the future. Banchero is hailed as one of the best prospects to enter the league in a very long time. Cole Anthony is just coming off a great sophomore year, averaging 16.3 points, 5.7 assists, and 5.4 rebounds. Ross is there to help match salaries, but he can also be a solid one-year rental for the Nets. All in all, if we add some picks to the mix, it could be the haul the Nets are seeking coming from the Orlando Magic.
From the Magic perspective, it is self-explanatory. Getting Kevin Durant would basically guarantee playoffs for the team and, with smart building around Durant, they would be able to join the top echelons of the Eastern Conference. What is especially great about this trade is the fact that Durant is on a long-term deal, so if the young core of Mo Bamba-Markelle Fultz-Jonathan Isaac does not work with Durant, there should be no issues trading them away for some significant value. It is an easy trade to do for any team, let alone one that has been waiting for a playoff round win since 2010.
Magic get OG Anunoby; Raptors get Markelle Fultz
Coming back down to Earth, a slightly more realistic trade would be a straight swap between the Magic and the Raptors. The Raptors are apparently shopping around OG Anunoby, given the fact that Scottie Barnes had a fantastic rookie year. On the other hand, the Magic have not gotten a ton out of Fultz, mostly due to some injury issues. Both squads are looking for changes in the roster and this trade would fit exactly what they both want to do, long-term. To explain that in more detail, let’s look at why both squads are saying yes to this trade.
For the Raptors, it is a bit more complicated. Accepting this deal from the Magic would mean that one of Markelle Fultz and Fred VanVleet would have to be the sixth man. However, both of them would be tied into longer deals, so they could have time to experiment and figure out what works out best for the team. Doing this deal would mean more space for Scottie Barnes, something they have put a lot of emphasis on. Getting Fultz would be a massive bonus for their bench, the lowest-scoring bench in the entire league for the 2021-22 season. Thus, it would make a ton of sense for the Raptors to pursue this deal.
For the Magic, this deal would likely mean two things. Firstly, Franz Wagner would be delegated to be their sixth man, which does not have to be so bad. He has shown flashes of brilliance, but is still a rookie and will need more time to adjust to the NBA. Anunoby offers some offense and more defense, so he would be a good player to start. Secondly, with the Fultz trade, space would open up for Jalen Suggs and Cole Anthony. Both of them are talented and both deserve playing time, so getting rid of Fultz, however good he was when healthy, would open up space for players that the Magic should invest in. It is a no-brainer for the Magic front office to do this deal.