NBA Trades: Orlando magically solves a major flaw in potential deal with Portland

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NBA Trades: Orlando magically solves their biggest flaw in proposed deal with Portland

The proposed deal would send Wendell Carter Jr., Anthony Black, and a 2025 first-round pick to the Blazers for Anfernee Simons. The Magic would add a sharpshooting point guard in Simons, who is only 24 years old, on a good contract, and one of the best high-volume shooters in the NBA.

Given Orlando's struggles, he could be a great offensive fit. For the Blazers, they'd add a starting-caliber big man in Carter Jr., last year's 10th overall pick in Black, and a future first-round pick for Simons. The hypothetical deal could work out for both teams.

The Magic could use an offensive boost after coming up just short in Game 7 of their first-round series against the Cavs. On the other hand, the Blazers are in rebuilding mode and may be motivated to move on from some of their better players, Simons included.

That would help them get younger and increase their chances of landing the top pick in next year's draft. With both teams having the motivation to do the potential deal, it's possible that it could happen, but would each team actually agree to the trade as is? Next, we will take a look and see whether the Blazers would.