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

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Bojan Bogdanovic, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic
Bojan Bogdanovic has slowly established himself as a solid scorer capable of taking over games himself. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

Utah Jazz: Bojan Bogdanovic

The Orlando Magic need better wing shooting and that is exactly what Bojan Bogdanovic would bring.

He shot 41.4-percent from three this season, averaging a career-best 20.2 points per game while shooting 44.7-percent from the field as he helped the Utah Jazz make the playoffs. While the Utah Jazz still went up 3-1 on the Denver Nuggets in their playoff series, they dearly missed Bogdanovic and his floor spacing to help close that series out.

Not only has he proven himself as an excellent perimeter scorer, but he can also take the ball inside to finish. He is not the quickest player and lacks the explosiveness to blow past his man but has tremendous shooting range which makes him difficult to stop.

At 31, Bogdanovic is in the latter stages of his career. He entered the league very late but has become an excellent scorer and could inject some life into an Orlando offense which is lacking.

But with three years left on his current contract, which he is set to earn $19.6 million from in the final year of his deal, it would be a big commitment for the front office to make.

The franchise has put an emphasis on developing youngsters like Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac so to take on a player who will be in his mid-30s by the end of his deal would certainly be a move that is more about the now than the future.

He has also had problems with injuries recently and did not travel to the Orlando Bubble after having surgery on his wrist. He would also not provide much perimeter defense for the team which would be a big change at small forward from Jonathan Isaac.

Evan Fournier is Orlando’s best 3-point shooter and a had a great regular season but again disappointed in the playoffs. He has a player option in his current contract for next season so could benefit a team like Utah straight away while not being a long-term commitment.

But Bogdanovic’s scoring record this season makes this trade a difficult one to pull off. The Jazz have high hopes for the future with Donovan Mitchell reportedly set to sign a new contract and have the core of a team that is capable of challenging in the playoffs for at least next season.