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

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Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets
Terry Rozier signed a big contract with the Charlotte Hornets and only partially delivered in his first year. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

Charlotte Hornets: Terry Rozier

The Charlotte Hornets were once again unable to make the playoffs this season and have reached the postseason just once since reassuming the Hornets name back in 2014. Still, the Hornets surprised many with how they played this season. The team largely predicted to be the worst team in the league finished in 10th place, nearly sneaking into the seeding round games.

The Hornets did some good things and got a stroke of luck in winning the third pick in the 2020 Draft. This is a team that could feel like it is much closer to a playoff breakthrough than everyone believes.

Charlotte is trying to find the right path forward and could be open to trading some of their pieces away to try and make it happen.

Terry Rozier is a very talented guard with excellent shooting range and has also shown he can be an asset on defense this season. The 26-year-old averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and a steal per game as well as making 2.7 threes a game at a rate of 40.7-percent in his first season as a Hornet.

Charlotte Hornets
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Charlotte Hornets

While more suited to the point guard position at 6-foot-2, he has also been utilized as a shooting guard and could be used at both spots for Orlando. The Hornets often played him alongside Devonte’ Graham last season and they became one of the top-scoring backcourt duos in the league.

The Hornets have lacked a natural shooting guard with the height more suited to the position and Evan Fournier would provide that.

He had a very good regular season for the Magic, averaging 18.5 points per game, but once again disappointed in the postseason which has left question marks over whether he can be the starting shooting guard to help the team make it past the first round.

Fournier has a player option for one more season with the Magic so could instead spend that year with Charlotte.

Rozier on the other hand has a longer contract at two more seasons before becoming an unrestricted free agent so the Hornets would need to decide whether they want to keep Rozier around as a key player or free up some cap space to move in a different direction after next season.

Swapping Fournier for Rozier could leave Orlando in a similar predicament to Charlotte currently with limited options at shooting guard and would probably require plenty of rotation at that spot between Rozier, Terrence Ross and Markelle Fultz.

But Rozier still has the potential to get even better after making huge leaps forward this season and could help improve a struggling Orlando offense. Fournier meanwhile could help Charlotte make it back into the playoffs, as he has done for the Magic.