With the Orlando Magic’s 105-90 convincing win over the Miami Heat, they now stand at 12-12 and seventh in the Eastern Conference. However, I can confidently say that there is absolutely zero chance the Magic are still alive in the playoff picture by mid-May. And I’m sure that reality is widely known throughout the Magic organization, so why not settle for one more year of tanking and take your shot at this supposedly stocked 2019 draft class? I understand Orlando makes horrible draft decisions, but at some point, you have to get lucky with one… right? Regardless, this team does not have the talent nor potential to make a serious run in the Eastern Conference.


However, Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon are good enough to keep Orlando floating around the .500 mark. But with Aaron Gordon only being 23 years old, there is still enough time for Orlando to catch their team up to Gordon before he hits his prime. Then there’s Nikola Vucevic, a 28-year-old probable all-star. Vucevic is in the midst of a career year, averaging 21 points and 11.3 rebounds per game on 55.3% shooting from the field and 41% shooting from three. A great season for any center, the only problem with Vucevic’s performance is that he is winning the Magic games. And if Orlando wants to take their jab at this upcoming draft class, they need to find a trade for Nikola Vucevic. I’m honestly surprised there haven’t been reports of Orlando shopping Vucevic considering his career timeline doesn’t match that of the rest of the Magic players and he could bring back some valuable draft picks. It’s also worth noting Vucevic is an unrestricted free agent next summer which will undoubtedly hurt his value.

But as we’ve seen in the past with Paul George, even if players are about to become free agents, it’s helpful to bring them in to get acquainted with your players and system before going after them in free agency. Teams such as the Lakers learned this the hard way. However, even with this incentive, the Magic could only hope to get back one or two draft picks that would likely have some sort of protection on them.

And then there’s the issue with which teams would want a player like Vucevic who is ready for a team that’s at least competitive and can’t really wait too long in a rebuilding situation? Below is a list of possible destinations:

New York Knicks (I only say this because news recently broke that the Knicks are looking to acquire John Wall which tells me they plan to stay competitive)

Los Angeles Lakers

Toronto Raptors

Charlotte Hornets

Of these, I think the Hornets would be most likely. I could easily see Michael giving up some valuable assets to get Vucevic just to remind Kemba that they are going to remain a competitive team heading into his impending free agency.

Scores

Bulls- 90, Pacers- 96

Magic- 105, Heat-90

Trail Blazers- 102, Mavericks- 111

Kings- 122, Suns- 105

Spurs- 105, Jazz- 139

Wednesday’s Games

Clippers @ Grizzlies (Prediction: Grizzlies win)

Warriors @ Cavaliers (Prediction: Warriors win)

Nuggets @ Magic (Prediction: Nuggets win)

Wizards @ Hawks (Prediction: Hawks win)

Thunder @ Nets (Prediction: Thunder win)

76ers @ Raptors (Prediction: 76ers win)

Pistons @ Bucks (Prediction: Bucks win)

Hornets @ Timberwolves (Prediction: Timberwolves win)

Mavericks @ Pelicans (Prediction: Mavericks win)

Spurs @ Lakers (Prediction: Lakers win)

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