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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Doug McDermott, San Antonio Spurs
Doug McDermott is one of the best veteran shooters on the market this trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

Trade candidates for the Orlando Magic

Magic Buy Low on Doug McDermott

Why the Orlando Magic do this:

Two reasons the Orlando Magic do this: They do right with Mo Bamba and get him out of a situation here in Orlando where he is not playing nightly. And they add a great shooter for a very cheap second-round pick.

Doug McDermott is on his second year of a three-year deal currently is making $13.8 million next season on the final year of his deal. He is shooting 41.2 percent from 3-point range this season, he shot 42 percent last season. He would be a great guy off the bench to help the Magic space the floor.

He does have defensive deficiencies but playing in the Magic’s system filled with good defensive players, they can somewhat help him on that end.

Why the San Antonio Spurs do this:

Pretty simple, the San Antonio Spurs want to get Doug McDermott off their cap books and open up more playing time for their young guys. The Spurs are looking for one or two second-round picks for McDermott.

This trade they get a second and a flier on a guy like Mo Bamba. They can play him behind Jakob Poeltl (unless they move Poeltl at the deadline) and see how he performs. That will give them an idea if they should make Bamba’s $10.3 million salary for next season guaranteed or not.

If anyone can unlock Mo Bamba’s potential, it is arguably the greatest coach of all time, Gregg Popovich.