Who the Orlando Magic could target for a trade in the Atlantic Division

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Norman Powell, Toronto Raptors, Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando Magic
Norman Powell played a big role in the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 Playoff series win over the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

Toronto Raptors: Norman Powell

Norman Powell played a part in the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA Championship in 2019 and despite Nick Nurse’s team being unable to do the same this year, Powell’s role in the team has grown.

He averaged 28.4 minutes and 16.0 points per game, making 49.5-percent of his shots and 39.3-percent of his threes. Powell had his best season to date and the Orlando Magic could look to capitalize by trying to tempt the Toronto Raptors into a trade.

Powell is a danger offensively and is another player who could help address the lack of consistent shooting currently on the roster.

He hit 23 points in his team’s Game 6 win over the Boston Celtics to keep the Toronto Raptors’ hopes alive. He recorded a career-high 37 points against the Golden State Warriors in March before action was postponed at a time when he was playing his best basketball of the season.

His transition game is strong which would suit the Magic’s style of play and he is effective at driving to the basket for layups and dunks. Powell possesses good strength and speed which could appeal to Magic head coach Steve Clifford.

The 27-year-old’s contract runs for another two seasons yet meaning Orlando could get a big contribution from him as they look for a way forward. He would be a valuable addition at shooting guard while Toronto may want to make the most of his trade value being at an all-time high.

Evan Fournier struggled in the postseason against the Milwaukee Bucks but had a very good regular season, averaging 18.5 points per game. Should he take up his player option, it could then be time for both to part ways after a six-year spell with the franchise and Toronto would be getting a proven scorer.

The Raptors have a few important players out of contract this summer and may start moving in a new direction after failing to retain their NBA Championship. Fournier would provide some solid scoring alongside Kyle Lowry in the backcourt, whose current contract with the franchise is only for next season.

Fournier could help keep Nick Nurse’s team in playoff contention before the franchise undergoes a bigger rebuild in the future, also allowing them to have more cap space after the end of next season.

Orlando would be getting themselves a good scorer for two years who would inject some freshness at a position that has stayed the same for quite some time.

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The one thing that is clear is that to get a player of value will cost the Magic someone they value too. And that finding a deal with teams in the Atlantic Division will prove tough to fit the needs the Magic have.