NBA Trade Deadline 2023 – what will the Orlando Magic do?

With the NBA Trade Deadline approaching, the leaders of the 30 franchises are busy making the necessary transfers before the fateful date of February 9. Of course, each team’s situation is different, and it is precisely for this reason that we want make special deadline paper by franchise. Presenting issues, issues to watch, intentions in the transfer market… we explain it all to you. On the menu today, the Orlando Magic


If Orlando is better and improving recently (3 wins in the last 5 games), the Floridians remain 13th in the Eastern Conference, with 20 wins and 31 losses. The Magic have a promising roster. The third youngest team in the league, they are on course to win more games than in previous seasons. And Orlando also beat some of the best teams in the NBA: Celtics, Sixers, Warriors… Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner have the potential to be All-Stars, but for that you have to surround them properly and the Magic are working to there.

So we can expect the Disney franchise to move a bit between now and the deadline, deciding to part ways with some veterans whose contracts are expiring to potentially land a great counterpart ( by attaching a young player or capital draft). This will allow Orlando to further boost its development and possibly fight for a spot in the play-in tournament this season, who knows?


Many people are involved in that.

First of all Mo Bamba. The pivot extended this summer, when he was not courted badly. And that interest in him throughout the League has Orlando listening to offers about him. At age 24, Bamba lost his starting spot and did not improve. Under contract until 2024 (he received 10.3 million per season), he shot 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds this year. His athletic, slender interior profile, with the ability to shoot from distance could appeal to some franchises looking to upgrade their bench.

Along with this, Gary Harris, who re-signed with the Magic in the summer of 2022, could be used to balance the salaries in a deal. A veteran shooter with an affordable contract, he’s the kind of player who could also get people interested. See also RJ Hampton. The point guard who had just been recalled from the G-League was often injured and became a victim of competition at his position. Teams can acquire him after the Magic decide not to renew his contract for next season and don’t really rely on him anymore.

And of course there is Terrence Ross. Despite repeated rumors on the sidelines for several years, the fullback remained in Orlando. And if the Magic don’t trade him before the 2023 Trade Deadline, the 31-year-old could negotiate a buyout, but that would only be a last option. Ross, a free agent this summer, is unlikely to extend and the Magic would logically want to trade him. T-Ross is averaging 8 points and 38% from 3-point range this year.


The Orlando Chiefs have all of their first-round picks, including the two they picked up from Chicago two years ago in the Nikola Vucevic trade. Therefore, they have assets, not to mention young players that people might be interested in (Cole Anthony, Markelle Fultz, RJ Hampton, etc.)

For tracked players, it’s less concrete. Fred VanVleet was once linked to the Florida franchise, but competition to file is aggressive. And then, does Drake officially want to be a part of the rebuilding project? I’m not sure. We will continue to monitor this case.

Nikola Vucevic, who left Orlando two years ago for the Bulls, said he wants to return. But the deal is expected to remain on hold until this summer, when Vooch becomes a free agent.


Text source: Hoops Hype, Basketball Reference

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