Potential Orlando Magic Off-Season Moves

The Orlando Magic officially kicked off their off-season by cutting ties with general manager Rob Hennigan, which was a move that had to be made, as he has made some questionable decisions. Some noticeable moves include trading away Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris, signing C.J. Watson and Channing Frye, plus drafting Mario Hezonja and Andrew Nicholson. Honestly, not seeing eye-to-eye with Scott Skiles, which led to his resignation after one season as being the Magic head coach was bad and did not look good for the team.

Now, the Magic need to find themselves a general manager that has a great idea on building a winning formula and turn this franchise around in two to three years with solid drafts and key free agent signings, which whoever is named the general manager (Grant Hill, Doc Rivers, etc), they need to have the skill to bring in solid free agents, as in the past the Magic have struggled to do so making them look like the Cleveland Browns of the NBA.

The Magic will have a top five pick for sure with the odds on landing inside the top three. This is the draft they need to hit on. There are some explosive players in this draft and the Magic hold a total of four picks (two first-round picks and second-round picks), which is nice for whoever is the next general manager.

I would expect to see the Magic consider drafting Jayson Tatum, Ivan Rabb, P.J. Dozier, and Rodions Kurucs. Now, the Magic might trade away one or maybe both second-round picks, so they do not stack their roster up, so they can have the ability to sign players too.

First off, Tatum would start, forcing Fournier or Ross to become the sixth man, which I would like to see Fournier return to that role. He plays his best when coming off the bench, but Ross would fit that role to. This is a good problem to have. Orlando lacks a legit scoring threat off the bench, which is why one would have to move to that key role.

Next, Ivan Rabb is a top fifteen talent in my book, but I see him sitting near the end of the first-round, as the talent level in this draft is insane. He would be the perfect power forward behind Aaron Gordon. Rabb has a better scoring touch and he would pair with Biyombo off the bench making it a fair balance on the court and with the same with Gordon and Vucevic.

In addition, Kurucs might be a draft and stash player, which is good to have and he might be a trade asset in the future. Also, Dozier is a versatile guard, who would come in and try to compete with the other point guards for the backup job. After a scary five-year run, no ones job is safe.

Furthermore, I do not expect the Magic to really sign many big free agents or even a couple of rotational guys. I do think they should pursue Paul Millsap, which they tried a couple of years ago, but he opted to join Atlanta. Millsap is a two-way forward that also stretches the floor, which is a bonus in acquiring his talents. Only way have a chance on signing Millsap, is if he opts out of his current deal with the Hawks.

Finally, the Magic will be more involved in the trading market, as they could potentially unload Vucevic, Biyombo or Augustin.


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