Ahead of this season’s NBA trade deadline, the Orlando Magic elected to have a fire sale, with multiple names rumored to be possible trade pieces. The Magic would wind up offloading Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, and Evan Fournier in an attempt to acquire draft capital for the future.
Another name that was discussed in NBA trade rumors at the deadline — but wasn’t traded — was Mo Bamba. Bamba was selected by Orlando with the sixth-overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft out of Texas. Coming out of college, there was a ton of hype surrounding Bamba due to his ability to score and defend at the center position.
However, Mo Bamba has failed to develop into the player that many thought he’d be when he entered. You could also assume that the Magic haven’t done a great job helping Bamba fine tune his game in his first three years in the league, where he’s averaged only 6.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game while starting in only six contests in his career.
While Mo Bamba is a restricted free agent, a team could absolutely do a sign-and-trade for him this offseason, especially since he could likely be had for a reasonable price.