Potential Trades and Candidates for the Orlando Magic before Trade Deadline

Mo Bamba of the Orlando Magic looks on (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Terrence Ross of the Orlando Magic with Luke Kennard of the L.A. Clippers (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

Trade candidates for the Orlando Magic

Magic Add Luke Kennard’s shooting

or . . .

Why the Orlando Magic do this:

This trade would help the Orlando Magic a ton.

They would get one of the NBA’s best 3-point shooters at a pretty minimal cost. And they get him for a few more years even if they have to deal with some injury issues with them.

Luke Kennard the last four seasons has shot the following percentages from 3-point range: 39.9 percent, 44.6 percent, 44.9 percent and this season at 45.3 percent. He is a 42.8-percent career 3-point shooter.

Outside of Gary Harris, the Magic lack a premier 3-point threat that defenses respect.

Terrence Ross has always been a heavy fan favorite, letting him go will be bittersweet for everyone, however, it is best for Ross to contend for a championship instead of getting DNPs in Orlando for a rebuilding team.

Or if the Clippers do not want Terrence Ross, there is Mo Bamba. The Clippers reportedly want a backup center. And Bamba might be further down the list, but he is readily available and fairly affordable.

Bamba’s writing is simply on the wall with the Magic. He has been kicked out of the Magic rotation, barring any injuries or foul trouble. Magic have established Wendell Carter as the starting center and Moe Wagner as his backup. Bamba’s place on the Magic is simply a third-string Center.

Why the LA Clippers do this:

The LA Clippers get a veteran presence and a playoff-experienced player. Terrence Ross has been in the league for a while and is a great locker room presence. He is also experienced in the playoffs. He is a reliable scorer off the bench, something the Clippers lack.

The LA Clippers either replace shooting with Terrence Ross or they add the backup big man they need for Ivica Zubac.

Mo Bamba could help space the floor and open up the lanes for Clippers’ superstar duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Bamba has a non-guaranteed $10.3 million salary for next season that can come off the books if Clippers waive him by June 29, 2023.

This also opens up the Clippers’ cap books more.

Kennard has two years left on his deal after this season making close to $15 million per season. Meanwhile, Ross is a free agent this summer. Kennard has also been kicked out of the Clippers rotation. That is why he is ripe for a trade.

All in all, Clippers mainly do this deal for cap flexibility while also acquiring a couple of extra second-round picks.

The Magic get a shooter in this deal and bolster their bench with a solid veteran who can pop off at a moment’s notice.