Talent the goal in Magic’s draft

Tom Pennington/Getty Images/ZimbioWith a little more than a month to go before the NBA Draft, the Magic have almost certainly gotten a good feel for who they want to draft and what their goals are going to be. The only reason we can address these goals now is that until the draft order was set it was difficult to get a sense of what scenarios might play out.

One thing should hold true even dating back to the regular season, the Magic are still in talent and asset collection mode. That is why there was a strong desire to trade J.J. Redick despite all the hard work he put in for the Magic through the years and the affection fans had for him. However, the Magic saw value in having a young player like Tobias Harris around and in Doron Lamb (a second round pick), enough to pull the trigger.

Orlando traded a player the team would likely lose in free agency for nothing into a player that has value both on this young roster but also possibly on the trade market should another opportunity arise. Flexibility is the key in all facets.

The Magic's approach to the Draft itself should be much the same.

The goal for Orlando is to bring in a piece (or pieces) that will contribute to the team now and be a part of the team's future. That is the stage Orlando is at without any clear foundational pieces in place.

Amin Elhassen of ESPN.com evaluates the Magic's goals in this year's draft this way:

Add talent of any kind. The Magic have plenty of holes to fill, so they shouldn't get caught up in trying to fill specific positions, although point guard is the biggest need. The most important thing is to maximize the value of their picks, and if that means trading down to get more picks or adding a player, then they should be open to that. This draft might not be deep in star power, but it does offer a lot of viable options who can become contributors.

That is the unfortunate timing of the Magic going through this rebuild. This year's Draft may not provide that foundational piece. However, most would agree that Ben McLemore, Trey Burke, Victor Oladipo or Otto Porter (as well as others) could be solid NBA contributors for a long time. This is more of what the Magic will be looking for.

This goal also creates the possibility the Magic would trade down to collect more assets and get even more talent. Whatever happens, it is this goal the Magic should be keeping in mind.

Many have honed in on point guard as an immediate need the Magic need to fill. Elhassan lists Burke, C.J. McCollum and Dennis Schroeder — all point guards — as his three best fits for the Magic. Really, though, Orlando should be thinking about taking the best player available.

The scouting done during the college season, the individual workouts and interviews will help the staff figure out exactly who that is.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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