This Magic-Pelicans Trade Is Centered Around Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans
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Orlando Magic Receive: F Brandon Ingram, G Tomas Satoransky
New Orleans Pelicans Receive: C Wendell Carter Jr., G Terrence Ross, G Gary Harris, 2022 First-Round Pick, 2022 Second-Round Pick (via IND)

The Orlando Magic looked to have been entering a full rebuild at the trade deadline when they completed deals with the Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets for Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon. They turn some of the pieces from that deal into this blockbuster with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Orlando receives Brandon Ingram, their new face of the franchise. Ingram is coming off back-to-back 23.8 points per game season as he has blossomed during his time in New Orleans. He is one of the best point-forwards in the league and an emerging two-way start at 24-yeas old.

Joining him in Orlando is Tomas Satoransky, who will be traded for the second time. He cannot be traded again until October 7th. The Pelicans are also hard-capped, so they will have to cut some more from their salary to make this trade work. Including Wenyen Gabriel or Naji Marshall in the deal would accomplish that.

Heading back to New Orleans are some intriguing pieces. Wendell Carter Jr. has a lot of upside as a young center that was selected 7th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. Terrence Ross is one of the best sixth men in the NBA as a high-volume scorer rounding out the rest of his game.

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Gary Harris Jr. at one point looked like one of the better two-way shooting guards in the NBA, but injuries have derailed him. He’s included mostly for salary purposes.

The unprotected 2022 first-round pick is a nice get for New Orleans as it could be a lottery selection. The second-round pick gives them even more flexibility when it comes to navigating the draft.

How does each team feel about this deal? Let’s take a look at its impact, beginning with the Magic.

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