3 Sleeper trade targets for the Orlando Magic to pursue this summer

The Orlando Magic have an exciting offseason ahead of them, as they look to improve the roster around the young core of Paolo Banchero, Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs.
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2. Malcolm Brogdon

The Orlando Magic need someone to run the offense and get the ball to Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner. Even Banchero has said so, and not without good reason. Asking a 21-year-old to carry the brunt of the scoring load while also being the main playmaker is not fair.

So, this is something the Magic will have to address over the summer. They have been linked to Tyus Jones in free agency, who would certainly be a capable starting-level guard for them. When it comes to trade talks, bigger names have been thrown around, like Dejounte Murray and Darius Garland, for example.

Orlando and Portland have been linked in some Anfernee Simons trade rumors too. Simons would be a great fit but he is not the only interesting player on the struggling Portland Trail Blazers' roster. And the Blazers are in desperate need to cut some salary to get below the tax line.

Malcolm Brogdon could make for a nice addition to this Magic team, too. HoopsHype's Michael Scotto just recently mentioned that Brogdon is a player executives around the league are keeping an eye on in case the Blazers would be willing to move him.

Brogdon's season last year was cut short by injuries — this has been a recurring theme with him throughout his career — but he has shown in several seasons already that he is a capable playmaker and three-point shooter. For his career, he averages 4.7 assists per game and 39.1 percent shooting from three.

Both are skills the Magic need. Brogdon could run the offense, stretch the floor, and provide some double-digit scoring while not taking too much away from the Magic's main guys.

Defensively, he does not necessarily fit the Magic's type of long, physical defenders but that is something they might just have to deal with to solve their offensive issues.

Brogdon has one more year left on his contract at $22.5 million. That makes him relatively affordable and perhaps had on the cheap with the Blazers looking to slash their payroll.