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With No. 1 pick coming, Magic reportedly likely to move on from Mo Bamba

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The Orlando Magic have added a No. 1 big man. A league source told NBC Sports that this is expected to be Jabari Smith from Auburn, but there are rumors that it could be Chet Holmgren from Gonzaga.

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In any case, combine this new big man with an expanded Wendell Carter Jr. and return from injury Jonathan Isaacand it’s hard to find a place to In Bamba in rotation. Bamba will become a restricted free agent if the Magic makes a $10.1 million qualifying offer, but whether they do or not, the Magic is expected to keep going. according to Jake Fisher in Bleacher Report.

The idea of ​​including Smith or Holmgren in Orlando’s rebuild has raised expectations among league staff that Bamba, a restricted free agent this summer, is likely to leave the franchise, especially after he was considered a trade candidate before the trade deadline in February.

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Bamba improved this season, staying healthy and taking on a bigger role, starting 69 games for the Magic and averaging 10.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He shot 38.1% of 3 from four attempts per game. However, he was erratic night after night, disappearing into the background in many games. He is a reliable defender under the basket, but not an elite one.

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Bamba is not the long-term answer in Orlando, not with the #1 peak coming in the door. However, he can become a reliable backup center for a team and get offers as a restricted free agent, maybe not in the numbers he hoped for, but he has value and is an NBA center. Sign-and-trade can be developed.

This is something to watch out for as we go through an initial round of signings and player moves in early July.



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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