Don’t expect the Magic to use both second-round picks – The Mercury News

mostly The Discussion Around the Orlando Magic has been centered around what they will do with 1 Pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft,

Obviously, since the top pick of the draft can significantly change the direction of Magic’s reconstruction. But Orlando’s draft night won’t end after becoming the No. 1 pick.

The Magic have two second round picks at number 32 and 35.

There are more unexpected results with those picks as they are in the draft, the Magic’s recent history with second-rounders and Orlando’s roster.

Jeff Veltman, Magic president of basketball operations, acknowledged that “it’s too complicated” when balancing factors to decide what to do with those second-round players.

“Obviously, we don’t want to spend 99% of our time neglecting these other two challenges,” Veltman said. “Due to the nature of those likes, there’s probably more action out there. It’s a unique thing to get serious about the No. 1 picks – 32 and 35, there’s a lot of conversation going on.”

Players with both Magic picks are unlikely to be drafted.

Since Veltman and general manager John Hammond joined the organization in May 2017, Orlando have drafted and signed two of their second-round picks – Wesley Ivundu (33rd pick in 2017) and Melvin Frazier (35th pick in ’18). ). In 2018, the Magic also traded the rights to Justin Jackson (43rd pick) and future second rounder Jared Vanderbilt (41st pick) to the Denver Nuggets.

The Magic traded their second second-rounder in other years.

If Magic decides to trade one or both of their second round picks, there may be opportunities for them to move to the back end of the first round. engage one or both picks in a trade with a player Terence Ross, who has made it clear he wants to continue his career elsewhereIt can be tempting to compete with teams that need wing depth and want to trade a player on a contract that extends past 2022–23.

Under the league’s rookie-scale contract structure, first-round picks would be signed on 4-year deals, with team options for the last two seasons, guaranteed for the first two years. Second-round selections, especially those in their mid-30s, are attractive to competing teams because they are able to negotiate contracts and their deals are not assured of two guaranteed seasons.

Ross is on a termination deal that will pay him $11.5 million for 2022-23 – nearly $1 million more than the expected standard mid-tier exception ($10.3 million).

“When we made all those trades last season, there was a T kind of bag left to hold,” Veltman said of Ross. “We recognize this and have discussed it. T loves magic. He loves the locker room. He’s just a good partner and a good professional. Obviously, we’ll explore options with our entire roster. The conversation is always going to happen.” It’s going league-wide.”

If Magic is able to go back to the first round, they should target players like Jalen Williams of Santa Clara Or Duke’s Wendell Moore Jr. Orlando interviews Williams During the mid-May draft coalition.

Orlando needs a 3-and-D wing—with an emphasis on reliable 3-point shooting—that has good shape and length for the position. Williams and Moore could provide those skills with complementary playmaking.

If Magic uses one or both second round picks, they should be targeting Wings/Forward e.g. Kansas’ Christian Braun, Jabari Walker of Colorado Or Baylor’s Kendall Brown. it is known that Braun and Walker worked for Orlando,

Veltman said the Magic would “focus” on how many more young players they can add to the roster.

Orlando could have about 10 players under the age of 25 on the roster for 2022-23.

Veltman emphasized how important it is for young players to feel that there is a path for their development, suggesting that it is likely that the Magic advance to the second round to bolster the roster with young talent. Don’t do more.

“How many youngsters can we get through the woods? They all probably aren’t going to make it, but they should have a chance,” Veltman said. “We are in discussions with the teams. Because we are a team that has two early selections in the second round, it puts us in a position to have some talks.

“That said, we’re also trying to develop a comfort level where the players we like will go into the draft. If we think we’ll find a good player with our choice in the second round, it’s time to backfire. There’s no reason to try.”

This article first appeared on orlandosentinel.com, email at cost khprice@orlandosentinel.com or follow him on twitter @khobi_price,

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