3 trade destinations that make sense for Evan Fournier and the Orlando Magic

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Josh Richardson, Dallas Mavericks
Josh Richardson has built his defensive reputation but he has struggled with his shot in both Philadelphia and Dallas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks are another team that has endured an underwhelming season to date.

Something that connects each team mentioned in this article is that they all have a star player without the supporting cast. Luka Doncic and the Mavs are no different.

Doncic has been superb, dazzling defenses with his ability to make the toughest of shots and most difficult of passes. The team, however, simply has not had the necessary players to play its system well.

The Mavericks rely on spacing and 3-point shooting, taking the ninth most 3-pointers per game in the NBA at 37.4. When it comes to percentage though, Dallas is shooting just 35.4-percent. That is not much better than the Magic.

If Rick Carlisle’s team is going to play that way and he wants to make the playoffs this season, an upgrade is needed.

Dallas Mavericks
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Dallas Mavericks

Evan Fournier might only be shooting 37.1-percent from three this season but his campaign so far has been heavily disrupted by injury. Last year’s 39.9-percent 3-point percentage is more telling of his reliability from deep. He is a career 37.5-percent 3-point shooter.

Putting Fournier alongside a playmaker like Doncic who has the IQ to pick out open shooters on the floor could make all the difference. Shooting weaknesses have been one of, if not the biggest, reasons for Dallas underperforming this year. Acquiring better shooting can only help the team.

Fournier may not necessarily provide a long-term solution given the amount of time left on his contract but it opens up the possibility of the team keeping him for longer if it does work out.

Josh Richardson has really struggled shooting from deep this season, knocking down just 29.8-percent of his 5.2 attempts per game. It is by far the worst mark of his career.

There were high hopes for Richardson when he arrived in Dallas but it has not really worked out for him so far. The team might not be ready to give up on him just yet and he has proven himself as a good defender over the course of his career but when it comes to a playoff push this season, Fournier can offer more help.

Orlando has long struggled with shooting weaknesses so Richardson does not exactly help that, but he would nonetheless be a decent player to get back off an expiring contract. The Magic should also push for a young talent and Tyrell Terry jumps out as a viable option.

The rookie has rarely played this season and has struggled when he has. The former Stanford Cardinal shot extremely well in college, however, suggesting there is more to his game should he be able to adapt to the NBA. In the G-League bubble, Terry is averaging 15.6 points per game and is shooting 35.3-percent from the floor.

Like Hampton, Terry would be worth trying to develop.

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Ultimately, the Magic will not get back someone who can immediately score and create from the perimeter as Fournier can. Any move will be orientated toward the future and patience will be required if Orlando does say goodbye to its veteran wing.