Who the Orlando Magic could target for a trade from teams in their own division

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Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic
Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn emerged as a capable scorer this year despite his playoff struggles. (Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports) /

Miami Heat: Kendrick Nunn

Given the success the Miami Heat had this season, it is unlikely that they will want to start trading away their young talent unless it is truly worth it — or helps them clear cap room to go after bigger fish in the 2021 offseason. Especially to their local rivals.

But if Orlando were to target anyone on the Heat’s roster then young guard Kendrick Nunn could make sense.

With the contracts of D.J. Augustin and Michael Carter-Williams expiring, Orlando may find itself in the position where help must be found to support Markelle Fultz at point guard.

It looks likely Orlando could draft a guard this year given how many prospects there are in that position but having someone the team knows is ready to come in and make an impact straight away would be a huge boost.

Nunn surprised many with the season he had. He averaged 15.3 points per game off 43.9-percent shooting and helped his team reach the NBA Finals despite losing his starting spot to Goran Dragic in the postseason.

His 3-point stats are solid but not spectacular at 35 percent and two per game while he also averages 3.3 assists per game. He still has plenty of development to do and has only really shown his ability over one season but would be an exciting prospect alongside Fultz.

But Miami’s roster is filled with young talent on low salaries and Nunn is no different. Much like in the hypothetical Kevin Huerter trade, the Magic do not have much they can offer their rivals.

Offering them the chance to trade up in the draft and take on an exciting prospect like Mohamed Bamba could be intriguing but it is most likely that the Magic do not do any deals with the Heat this offseason.

In the end, if the Heat are willing to move up five spots, it would mean they have a specific player in mind that fits their culture. And like the San Antonio Spurs, always be wary when trading around with them in the NBA Draft. They seem to know something everyone else doesn’t.

It is unlikely that a team that should now view itself as competing for a championship would want to trade a young prospect for a potential project in Bamba unless the goal is merely to open up more cap space to chase free agents in 2021.

Again, that is not something the Magic are likely willing to help the Heat do.