The Orlando Magic were busy at the NBA trade deadline, but for all of the wrong reasons if you are a fan of the Magic. They not only traded away All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, but they gave up Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon as well. They could remain a fixture in NBA trade rumors as the offseason approaches.
Orlando dumped all three of their top players at the NBA trade deadline this year and in-return, acquired Gary Harris, R.J. Hampton, Wendell Carter Jr, Otto Porter Jr, three future first-round picks and two future second-round picks.
With them not having any chance to contend this year and moving forward, the Magic’s front-office made the decision to take a step back and try to un-do some of their mistakes they have made over the years, which in the long-run, will be a great move for this organization. Orlando had nothing going for them this season and moving forward, the best thing they could do is find ways to add more young talent to their roster to build with.
Jonathan Isaac, Markelle Fultz, Cole Anthony and Chuma Okeke are all young, promising young talents, but three of these four guys are likely out for the season, with Chuma Okeke currently being the only healthy one.
What happened at the NBA trade deadline may just be the “tip of the iceberg” for the Magic as they will likely look to make more moves in the offseason to acquire more future talents. As a result, they could potentially look to move young center Mo Bamba. Wendell Carter Jr. was acquired to be the future center of this organization and as a result, some teams may be thrilled with the idea of trading for the former first-round pick in Bamba.
With that said, let’s take a look at three teams who should look to “buy-low” on Mo Bamba this offseason for not only more frontcourt depth, but for a young center with a ton of potential to be an elite-level shot blocker and rebounder in this league.