The Orlando Magic have not enjoyed the luxury of contention in recent years, but rather have been subject to spend their time soul-searching in the depths of the Eastern Conference.
As a result, you can expect the Magic to consider any and every possibility of improvement this upcoming season.
D’Angelo Russell could be on the radar, too, if the Warriors decide to make him available in the winter. As proposed by Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report, the Magic could step up with quite an enticing offer for the young point guard, with a package that would include Aaron Gordon and D.J. Augustine.
“Trading a player from a talent-rich area (the interior) to upgrade at point guard could push the Magic closer to home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference. D’Angelo Russell is bigger (6’5″ to 6’0″), eight years younger and topped Augustin in both offensive real plus-minus and overall real plus-minus last season. The upgrade there might be worth losing Gordon and trusting more minutes at the 3 and 4 to Isaac, Aminu and Terrence Ross.”
“For Golden State, Augustin would be a better backup point guard than the Warriors have had in years. And while there’s some positional overlap with Gordon and Draymond Green, they could coexist well in those infamous death lineups.”
Essentially, the Warriors would fill their needs and get younger in the deal, swapping one player for two.
Obviously, the Magic are desperate to find another star, and D’Lo would be an ideal fit next to Nikola Vucevic. Ideally, this could work for both sides if the Russell experiment fails in Golden State.
But the Magic will not be the only ones pursuing Russell in a trade. The 23-year-old point guard made his first All-Star team last year, lead the Nets to the postseason as a 7th seed, and averaged a career-high 21.1 points per game. In terms of young, up-and-coming talents, there isn’t much better out there than Russell.