There Was No Magic for Orlando Magic in NBA Draft Lottery

By Kareem Gantt
Maurice Harkless, Orlando Magic
David Manning-USA Today Sports

Fans of the Orlando Magic all across Central Florida and around the world were eager for some luck from the ping-pong balls.

When the 2014 NBA Draft order was finally about to be announced, Magic fans were holding their breath that Orlando could land somewhere in the top three of the draft order. That would guarantee that either Joel Embid, Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins would be blossoming into NBA superstars in the land of Mickey Mouse.

But sadly, it was not meant to be.

Instead, the Magic will be picking fourth and 12th in the draft this year. You could say that either of the “Big 3” could slip and fall into the Magic’s laps. I mean after all, the Cleveland Cavaliers had the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and shocked Bill Simmons and the world by picking Anthony Bennett. We all know how that turned out.

But picking fourth in a loaded draft is certainly not where the Magic expected to end up. Now Orlando has two options at their disposal: Either use the pick as an asset to persuade the Minnesota Timberwolves to make a deal for disgruntled star forward Kevin Love, or use the pick to solve their point guard woes.

The former is most certainly an option, as in addition to the draft pick, the Magic has assets that could sway the Wolves into making a trade. But that hinges on Love signing with the team long-term, and Love has made it clear that he does not want to sign on with another rebuilding team.

So that leaves the latter, and with Dante Exum and Tyler Ennis on the board, option No. 2 may be the better of the pair. But anyway you put it, there was no magic in the ping-pong balls for Orlando.

Kareem Gantt is an Orlando Magic writer for Rant Sports. For more from this author, you can ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook, and ‘add’ him to your network on Google

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