By Payton Beasley
This very same question is asked at least 10,000 times per year by an Orlando Magic fan. That could be due to the team is nearly always finishing at the bottom of the league. This year just so happen to be a different case. You could credit the GM, John Hammon, as he was assigned as the GM in 2017, and has made 2 crucial draft picks.
Mo Bamba and Jonathan Issac
Most would say Hammond is a fantastic GM. Both Mo Bamba and J two draft picks were very bold but also beneficial. Besides those two, Aaron Gordon, and Nikola Vucevic… there isn’t much else! The teams’ bench play has shown to be an absolute atrocity. Now, without further holdup, lets look into how the Magic can fix EVERYTHING.
Find Key Players in Free Agency
This year’s free agency class is HUGE, and with names such as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, you MUST, and I mean MUST, grab at least one key asset. Here is who the Magic must acquire for the team to become competitive again:
SF/PF Kevin Durant: 4 yrs/ 145m
I know.. I know, this is a LOT of money. If anybody could potentially afford this, it would be the magic. With this signing, there would not be a whole lot of cap space left.. But do the Magic need that? They already have Mo Bamba at center, Johnathan Issac as forward, positionless Aaron Gordon (will be explained), and not a great SG. That’s where their remaining cap comes from..
SG Eric Bledsoe 3yrs/75m
Eric Bledsoe is such a hit-or-miss player it’s not even funny. I love the guy, but man, he puts up 9 points and then explodes for 32… but whatever. He has been what it has taken for the Bucks to be good. Giannis has done tons, but Bledsoe has been his Robin. Now with this, a starting five of Bamba, Durant, Bledsoe, Gordon, and Issac. Stay tuned.
#2: The Draft…
The season has yet to even conclude yet but am I high on some prospects. The one I have the most remarks on is Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson from Kentucky. Standing at 6’6 while being a shooting guard could develop into a huge scorer… but a bust also. He tends to score from his brain instead of his physics, which could be a potential issue. The jumper on this dude is unheard of. Reminds me of a poor man’s Curry.
#3: Cut The Contracts!
Evan Fournier, SG
Fournier is a great player, don’t get me wrong. He is just so boom-or-bust it’s not even funny. The team should either trade away Fournier or waive him. Either way, that $17 million salary is just unbelievable for a player of his quality.
Terrance Ross, SG
Ross has proven to be not worth the $10 million we owe him. Cut him or trade him away. In my opinion, The Magic should not look to be keeping this guy around.
Timofey Mozgov, C
The best plan for the Magic is to either trade or cut Mozgov, because there is no way a 32-year-old center should be garnering $16 million a year for a player I have never heard of. Next.
DJ Augustin, PG
30 years old and seven million we can gain back by trading or releasing him sounds like a done deal.
Now, you may say, who would we sign back in place of these four?
Here are Four Cheaper Players the Magic Should Pursue:
Kent Bazemore, ATL
Although Bazemore does have an unconventional jumper, he does have the chance to be a great lockdown defender like Patrick Beverley. Speaking of Beverley…
Patrick Beverley, LAC
Beverley is a great lockdown defender, and if anything the Magic need, it is some form of defense. We can get him and Bazemore in return for half of what we are paying for Ross and Fournier.
Marshon Brooks, CHI
A actually great bench player, Brooks has the skillset to excel on a weak Magic bench. Him in Chiraq did not seem to get along because he never got time. In Orlando, the time for him on the bench is his to lose..
Allen Crabbe, BKN
Crabbe is a great player. He is one of piece of Brooklyn and he could be a benfical piece in Orlando. Next..
Luol Deng, MIN
Deng is very old, yes, but he is averaging 15 points a game for Minnesota! I mean, we could bring him back for a cheap contract to Orlando, and he could be a great replacement.
Jamychal Green, LAC
Green is a intriguing prospect. Not because he isn’t good, but because he 29 and we could grab him and have him put up 10 points a game off the bench consistently.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, BKN
Another Nets member, Hollis-Jefferson is a very great player for the Nets. The games I watch of the Nets (not many) he is very good. A intrguing player for ORL if we pay him.
Jake Layman, POR
I’ve heard about this guy. He has been sensational for Portland their last few games and maybe he could be great for us as well.
Enes Kanter, POR
Another Portland player, Kanter is a very good center we can grab. He is very weird… but thats okay. As long as we can maintain him and help him as a team, its good.
Greg Monroe, BKN
Monroe is a reliable bench player who can be brought to the Magic on a relatively cheap contract. Will we get him? Only time will tell.
Now now, I know, Nene is 37. But whatever dude. Nene is a BEAST. The man is putting up 12 points a game at 37. Get this man here however you can Orlando.
Nikola Vucveic, ORL
I know, this does not REALLY count. But it would be nice if we could retain him.