Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers
Nick Young can bring instant offense off the bench. He is coming off a year when he shot 40.4 percent from 3-point range for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Young is coming off a four-year, $21-million contract. He is 32-years-old, so years are probably important to him.
Young fits what the Magic need in terms of scoring off the bench. But his impact on the locker room could be detrimental. Young is a character, to say the least. He can be a bit of a distraction.
The skill set fits, but in a rebuild where a winning culture is being established, Nick Young is not the example to teach younger players. Young best fits with a veteran group who can hold him accountable, and that is not the Orlando Magic.
Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings
Ben McLemore’s career has been a disappointment to this point. He has just finished his rookie deal with the Sacramento Kings. But the Kings opted not to offer him a qualifying offer. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
He had an uptick to his game after All-Star break this year where his scoring average rose to 11.5 points and he shot 40.3 percent from the 3-point line. But he still did not show a great feel for the game with a negative assist to turnover ratio.
The one thing that helps McLemore is the fact he comes from the Kings. They are viewed as a dysfunctional organization. So the thought is the organization may have contributed to his lack of development.
But the Magicare not a strong enough organization yet where they can take chances on another organization’s failure.
Jason Terry, Milwaukee Bucks
Jason Terry had a surprisingly efficient season for the Milwaukee Bucks. He is an unrestricted free agent after completing his veteran minimum contract.
Terry played in 74 games averaging 18.4 minutes per game and shot 42.7 percent from 3-point range. He can still play a valuable role off the bench, despite the fact he is an undersized shooting guard. All as he weighs college coaching jobs too.
Terry is a champion. And like other veterans listed, he has something both on the court and off to offer the Magic’s young roster. But even though he comes from Milwaukee, it is doubtful he will come to Orlando.
The Milwaukee Bucks coach is Terry’s former championship teammate, Jason Kidd. One would think that relationship trumps everything.