NBA Trades: 5 Deandre Ayton suitors for Phoenix Suns: 2. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic are in the midst of a full rebuild and should be looking to continue to add youthful talent to improve their long-term outlook. Acquiring Deandre Ayton would certainly be a major addition to the young core as another substantial piece to build around.
Ayton would become one of the main focal points offensively and join a talented team with other young stars such as Markelle Fultz, Cole Anthony, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Jonathan Isaac, Wendell Carter Jr., and the 2022 No. 1 overall pick, which will likely be Auburn forward Jabari Smith. If Ayton prefers to seek a much larger role in free agency, the Magic would be an appropriate fit.
Orlando has plenty of cap space to absorb Ayton with a max contract or pursue a sign-and-trade deal with Phoenix by offering a possible combination of Mo Bamba, Terrence Ross, picks, or other growing prospects. Given the Magic’s appetite for elite young talent and long-term vision, they could become a sneaky suitor for Deandre Ayton in free agency this year.