Ben McLemore might not be destined to be in an Orlando Magic uniform after all.
As the NBA Draft on June 27 gets closer, rumors are heating up about the willingness of the Orlando Magic to talk to other teams about the No. 2 pick. Right now, the projection is that the Cleveland Cavaliers, with the No. 1 pick, would go with Nerlens Noel and the Magic would follow with McLemore, a shooting guard.
The Magic may already be set in that position and if another team desires McLemore, Orlando would be more than willing to hear what that particular team wants to do about getting the pick. If McLemore winds up on the Magic roster, one has to wonder what would happen with Arron Afflalo, who averaged 16 points per game last season and is coming back for Orlando.
That would behoove the Magic to look for a bevy of veteran players who could fill various spots on the team and give Orlando the depth it so badly needs
It depends on how badly a team wants that No. 2 pick.
But if all deals fall through and the Magic wind up with McLemore, who can learn under Afflalo, the team will be in excellent shape. The Magic front office needs to be patient in making a deal and not make one for the heck of it. The team is focusing on youth and if that focus is to continue, Orlando needs to continue to invest heavily in young players. That’s why drafting McLemore rather than trading the pick still makes sense.