Magic president Jeff Weltman explains why Orlando traded 46th pick to Lakers in 2019 NBA Draft
Orlando sent the 46th overall pick to the Lakers on Thursday night in exchange for cash and a future pick. The Purple and Gold then used it to select Iowa State forward Talen Horton-Tucker.
According to Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman, they traded the selection because they don’t want another young player to their roster that is already loaded with youth.
.@OrlandoMagic Pres of BB Ops Jeff Weltman said his franchise traded the 46th pick in Thur's draft to @Lakers b/c the roster is already loaded with youth. With Gordon, Isaac, Bamba, Fultz, Iwundu, Frazier & Okeke already on the roster, Weltman said ORL didn't need another rookie.
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) June 21, 2019
The Magic drafted Chuma Okeke with the 16th overall pick in the draft. The 20-year-old forward is the latest addition to a squad composed mostly of players under 25.
Almost half of Orlando’s players are now under 25 years old, headlined by Aaron Gordon (23), Mo Bamba (20), Jonathan Isaac (21) and Markelle Fultz (21).
Orlando reportedly received $2.2 million in cash from the Lakers for the pick, so it sure seems a good deal for a team who probably wouldn’t provide any more opportunity to a second-rounder in their roster.
The Magic are looking to build from the 2018-19 season which saw them make the playoffs for the first time since 2012. However, they certainly have a lot of work to do, especially with Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross entering free agency.