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

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DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs, Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic
DeMar DeRozan is a talented scorer but lacks a three-point shot.Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images) /

San Antonio Spurs: DeMar DeRozan

The Orlando Magic need another offensive star to support Nikola Vucevic and despite being in the latter stages of his career, DeMar DeRozan remains a dangerous scorer. And the Magic reportedly inquired about him during the 2019 season. It is hard to imagine that interest waned much.

While the 31-year-old is not a strong or willing three-point shooter, averaging just 0.1 per game off 25.7-percent shooting last season, he is very effective from mid-range and at finishing close to the basket. He averaged 22.1 points per game last season and was very efficient, going 53.1 percent from the field despite his lack of 3-point shooting.

This would certainly be a move that looks to establish the Magic as more competitive in the short-term given DeRozan has a player option for one year on his current deal. The San Antonio Spurs did not make the playoffs last season for the first time since 1997 and with some young, exciting players on the roster, it could be time for a full rebuild.

DeRozan is by far their biggest contract and San Antonio could secure a move that looks toward the future by shifting him. If DeRozan takes up his player option and is on the trade market then the team will likely have several offers to ponder so Orlando would need to make it a good one.

His value would be diminished by the fact that a team signing him would only be guaranteed to have him for a further year but it would still require a team to give up a lot to get him.

In Aaron Gordon, San Antonio would be getting a player who still has plenty of time left to improve and can make a valuable contribution on both ends of the court. He is a valuable trade piece but the front office would have to be prepared to give up draft picks if they want DeRozan.

Evan Fournier also could be someone the Magic offer to acquire him. Other pieces would have to be included to fit DeRozan under the cap with his massive salary.

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This move would come down to the front office needing to decide whether sacrificing part of their planned future would be worth it for a year of DeRozan. His offensive skills are clear for all to see but having worked hard to establish a core of young players, this would be a sizable shift for Orlando to make.