1. Magic solve shooting woes
Orlando finished 25th in 3-pointers made and 24th in 3-point percentage last season. Gary Harris and Cole Anthony were the two best shooters on their team who attempted at least 200 3-pointers last season. Franz Wagner and Wendell Carter Jr. are the only other two who shot over 35 percent.
The Magic desperately need a sharpshooter on the wing to knock down open looks. They drafted Jett Howard in the lottery, but the 20-year-old will not be ready for a massive role as a rookie. Orlando will likely have to look outside their roster to solve their shooting woes.
Hield is in the final year of his contract, and the Pacers arerumored to be shopping (subscription required) him. Could the 6’4 wing end up in Orlando?
The Pacers have not found a trade partner, and few teams are eager to add Buddy Hield, knowing he wants $20-plus million per season in a new contract. Orlando has a need, and Hield has made over 40 percent from 3-point range for his career.
Will the Orlando Magic trade Cole Anthony? These packages suggest it won’t be easy, especially when having to match salary. Expect the franchise to explore the market as they attempt to take a step forward, and stay tuned to see how it all plays out.