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

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Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee Bucks, Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando Magic
Donte DiVincenzo played a major role in the Milwaukee Bucks’ successful regular season. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo

After once again failing to win an NBA Championship despite being one of the favorites to do so, the Milwaukee Bucks will be spending the offseason wondering how they can try to get back-to-back MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo a title in the last year of his current contract with the franchise.

Following a disappointing exit to the Miami Heat, they could be tempted to move some pieces around to try and make an NBA Finals.

Donte DiVincenzo is still very early in his NBA career but has shown signs of promise this season. He played a more significant role in the Bucks team, averaging 23 minutes and 9.2 points per game while shooting 45.5-percent from the field.

He would still be very much of a development project for the Magic. There is no doubt he could make an effective contribution right away but he is not someone that would instantly supply the offensive boost the Magic need.

DiVincenzo only shot 33.6 percent from three this season. But at just 23-years-old, there is plenty of time left for him to refine his game. The young shooting guard is not afraid to take shots from distance and could become a very effective three-point shooter in the years to come.

He is also a good defender which would appeal to Magic head coach Steve Clifford. His positional awareness is strong and he reads the game exceptionally well while averaging 1.3 steals a game.

But trading for the former Villanova Wildcat would not be easy. The Magic have very few options to complete a deal and Mohamed Bamba stands out as the only player at the right salary that is an attractive prospect for the Bucks.

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But even Bamba, despite his promise and defensive potential, would not necessarily be a great fit for the win-now Bucks. They probably would not have the patience to develop him with the stakes they are playing with.

Big question marks still surround Bamba. His ceiling remains high but he has been unable to make enough of an impact on the team so far and has seen his opportunities limited due to the excellent performances of Nikola Vucevic.

Bamba struggled with his conditioning during the season restart after catching COVID-19 earlier this year and eventually left the Orlando Bubble to undergo more tests. But 14.2 minutes per game during the regular season is not enough for him to grow as a player and the Magic must decide whether they want to keep him around as a development project or move in another direction.

If Steve Clifford and company cannot guarantee Bamba the game time he needs to start to work towards his potential then trading him could be an option. The young center could still grow into a very good player so Orlando should at least try to get a replacement back-up center like Robin Lopez, if he takes up his player option, as well as Donte DiVincenzo.

At the end of the day, the Bucks are looking for players who can help take them over the top and win. The deals they make are likely for bigger fish.