Magic pursuing Brandan Wright?

The Magic are reportedly in the running to sign Mavericks forward Brandan Wright, according to Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas. McMahon reports the Mavericks hope to retain Wright, but the Hawks, Pistons, Raptors and Knicks have also expressed interest in the former eighth overall pick.

Wright has bounced around several teams, but has found some footing with the Mavericks. He averaged a career-high 8.5 points per game last year and 4.1 rebounds per game in 18.0 minutes per game. Again, those were all career highs.

Wright though is another versatile tweener of a forward who is not quite a small forward and not quite a power forward. At 6-foot-9, Wright is more comfortable in the post on both sides of the floor. He has not quite extended his shooting range and his offensive game is still very raw. He has not quite panned out as the Warriors or Mavericks envisioned. At 25 years old, he still has some room to grow.

For the right price — he just completed his rookie contract — he could be a decent bargain. He also would duplicate a lot of skills the Magic already have on their roster. And he would not be a better player than Tobias Harris and possibly not better than Romero Osby, the Magic's recent second round pick.

Considering how quiet the Magic have been with all their moves, it is difficult to say how interested the Magic really are in this move.


More immediately, the Magic have needs to fill at point guard. While Orlando decided to guarantee the final year of E'Twaun Moore's contract, the team likely wants a third point guard or a stronger backup option.

Orlando also might be looking for another small forward. Here is where Brandan Wright might fit, but he is more of a power forward because of his poor outside shooting.

A backup center to Nikola Vucevic would not be bad either unless the team really relies on Kyle O'Quinn.

Then again, it is still very much about collecting assets for the Magic. It is tough to figure out how much to read into any rumors. Rob Hennigan has even already admitted the Magic will take it easy this free agency period and rely on growing the players already under contract.

Reports like these might sneak out in the coming weeks, but it should remain relatively quiet for the Magic as they evaluate their roster and plan their next moves.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily