Orlando Magic 2023 Free Agency Power Rankings
A late riser in the Orlando Magic free agent power rankings! Jake Fischer of Yahoo! Sports reported the Orlando Magic are one of the teams likely going after the veteran forward at a number above the minimum. Perhaps a bit more — ESPN is projecting him in the $6-8 million range.
Ingles though makes a lot of sense for this team being able to play both forward positions and as an outside shooter. He scored only 6.9 points per game but shot 40.9 percent from beyond the arc. And this was him in his first season coming off a torn ACL. It usually takes a full year of playing to recover from that injury.
Ingles would not be a huge impactful signing, but he can win a few games with his smarts and his shooting. And the Magic need some veteran voices in the locker room. Ingles is just genuinely a good and respected guy.
Donte DiVincenzo has quietly started to gain some traction as a free agent. Michael Scotto of HoopsHype reported yesterday the Orlando Magic are one of the teams that could be chasing after the veteran — and super athletic — guard. He is expected to get the non-taxpayer mid-level exception (around $12 million per year) which opens his market up a bit more to a lot of teams — some reports have the New York Knicks as the favorites to sign him.
He certainly fits some of the Magic’s player types.
DiVincenzo averaged 9.4 points per game and shot 39.7 percent from beyond the arc while being a reliable defender and shooter off the bench for Golden State. He would give the team some veteran poise even if he lacks some size at the moment.
ESPN currently projects Dwight Powell to go for the veterans minimum in free agency. That seems like a steep drop from a guy who got $11 million per year over the last three years and played pretty admirably.
The Dallas Mavericks might have been relying on Powell for too much. What he is is a solid screener, rim roller and rim protector. There is not much more a team needs from him. He helped grease the wheels of the Luka Doncic offense.
That could mean he could be had for a bargain. And he would be a great addition for an Orlando Magic team that needs some rim protection and good above-the-rim play in a more limited role. He is my favorite target if the Magic are still seeking a backup center this offseason.
The Orlando Magic have been linked pretty heavily to Grant Williams. Then again what team with the nontaxpayer mid-level exception has not been? Even though Williams is listed at 6-foot-6, he can guard bigger players and move well for a player of his size. He is also a very underrated 3-point shooter.
He checked several boxes for the Magic and seemed like the big fish the Magic might be willing to cast a line out for.
But Orlando appears to be backing off, according to Jake Fischer of Yahoo! Sports. Williams has a very robust market chasing after him this offseason. And the Boston Celtics are almost certain to match any offer he receives.
The Orlando Magic need size. And with currently one roster spot available (Bol Bol’s guarantee is still pending as I write this), the Magic probably need someone who can play both power forward and center. In should step Trey Lyles.
Lyles has built a solid career over the years and had a great season with the Sacramento Kings last year. He averaged 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He shot 36.3 percent from deep. He is just a solid player in several respects even though he probably is not a starter-level player. His versatility is a plus and something the Magic typically covet.
Paul Reed, a Wekiva High School alum, probably does not sound like the biggest name that would shake the earth. But he would be a solid backup center option for the Orlando Magic and someone who could help the team if Wendell Carter misses time.
Reed averaged 4.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game last year as he fought for his playing time. But in his two starts, he averaged 13.5 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game. This is a player who is clearly ready for a bigger role. And returning home could help him get that.
Drew Eubanks is not a name a lot of people will likely know or think about. He played limited minutes for the Portland Trail Blazers last year. But Eubanks is quietly a great rim protector.
He just needs the chance at more minutes. Eubanks averaged 6.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game with 1.3 blocks per game in 20.3 minutes per game.
That could be something a team like the Orlando Magic could believe could scale up.
Mason Plumlee is still likely to get the nontaxpayer mid-level exception and he can still contribute to a team. He does what he is good at beyond anything else. He sets screens and he rim runs. For a Magic team that might need some help at center and a starter-capable guy, they could do a lot worse than Plumlee. Even if his production is starting to tail off.