One advantage the Orlando Magic have over Play-In competitors
Toronto Raptors: Franchise Direction
Their offseason was filled with Pascal Siakam trade rumors and an exhaustive search for a direction. At least before they seemingly tried to sneak into the Damian Lillard sweepstakes before striking out there.
O.G. Anunoby and Scottie Barnes have left something to be desired. And with Fred VanVleet leaving for the Houston Rockets, the Toronto Raptors do not have reliable guard play, signing veteran Dennis Schroder to try to stabilize things and keep them on their Play-In Tournament track.
The Raptors are essentially a pile of “meh” which is why blowing it all up was on the table this offseason just as it was at last year’s deadline. Instead, it seems Toronto is happy to keep spinning the wheel into the back-end of the postseason.
The Orlando Magic on the other hand know what the goal is for the 2024 season and that is a run at the postseason.
With Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner in the fold, none of the franchise players are on the chopping block either. This is a team that is on the rise where the Raptors are clearly a team in decline.
Jamahl Mosley is also safe and the only names ever mentioned in trade rumors come from NBA fans who do not pay much attention to the Magic.
Considering the Magic would need to supplant a team to make it into the Play-In Tournament, the Raptors and the Bulls feel like the most likely teams to drop out.