Improving a Jordan Poole trade idea for the Orlando Magic

Jordan Poole, Golden State Warriors. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Jordan Poole, Golden State Warriors. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images /
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The Orlando Magic have a roster stocked with a lot of young and exciting players.

Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner are a killer combination at the two forward spots, Wendell Carter is an excellent modern center and Jalen Suggs and Markelle Fultz are two of the best backcourt defenders in the league.

Where the Magic have a weakness is in the offensive output of their guards.

Jalen Suggs averaged just 9.9 points per game in his sophomore season, shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 32.7 from deep. Markelle Fultz shot just 31 percent from deep on a low volume. To give Banchero and Wagner the space they need to operate, the Magic need to find guards this summer who can space the court.

Finding guards who can score at a high level is a top priority for the Orlando Magic this summer.

Enter the Golden State Warriors, who have a major financial crunch on their hands.

They are on track to be the most expensive team in league history, all while the new CBA is coming to handcuff their ability to improve on that roster. It is very likely they will need to move at least one key player to give them breathing room.

A top candidate to be traded then is Jordan Poole, who has had a down year and an even worse postseason. He is still young with plenty of scoring ability and upside, but he has also been a defensive sieve marginalized in the Warriors’ playoff rotation.

If the Warriors do shop Poole around the league, the Magic should pick up the phone and have a serious talk about Poole’s availability. That is something many executives believed they would do before Poole signed his four-year, $128-million extension this offseason.

That idea is probably not completely dead if it ever existed. And one popular NBA trade account proposed a deal between the two teams. Let’s look at the deal, and then see if we can tweak it and find a better trade for both sides.