Just a few short years ago, the Orlando Magic thought they were getting a franchise center when they selected Mo Bamba with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Unfortunately, things have not quite panned out and the Magic may end up trading him. At this point in time, the Los Angeles Lakers are the front-runner as a potential landing spot.
According to a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Lakers are indeed interested in trading for Bamba to add depth to their front-court.
“Bamba is in and out of the rotation, playing in just 12 games this season,” wrote Marc Berman of the New York Post. “Bamba is 22 and the Knicks looked to trade up in that draft to get the former Texas Longhorns star. The Lakers also reportedly have interest.”
Bamba would be a very interesting addition for the Lakers. Even though he has not developed the way the Magic were hoping, he has a ton of raw athletic ability and potential. His numbers may not show it, but Bamba could be the missing piece for the Lakers.
So far this season in 13 games with the Magic, Bamba has averaged 4.8 points per game to go along with 3.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks. Throughout his three-year career thus far, he has averaged totals of 5.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks.
At just 22 years of age, the Lakers would be smart to buy low on him. They need help badly at the center position. Perhaps playing alongside Lebron James and Anthony Davis would be the boost that Mo Bamba needs to reach his full potential.
There have been no reports about what the Magic would want in return for Bamba. No matter what that return will be, it would not break the bank for the Lakers. He isn’t going to cost an arm and a leg.
Expect to hear more rumors about the Lakers as the trade deadline draws near. They may not end up acquiring Mo Bamba from the Magic, but it seems like a very good fit for both parties involved.