There is no mistaking that the two biggest needs for the Orlando Magic this offseason are to find a big man who can tango down low and a point guard who can kick the Magic’s offense into gear.
Both of those areas were problematic for the Magic last season. Outside of Nikola Vucevic, Orlando lacked a big man who could handle the more physical big men in the NBA; and with Jameer Nelson missing significant time, the Magic did not have a steady point guard to run the offense. The end result was Orlando getting dominated in the paint and an offense that blacked out far too many times last season.
Armed with two first-round lottery picks, the Magic have a chance to address these two needs. But when it comes to a point guard running the show, the 2014 NBA Draft may not be the place where the Magic need to look for help. The answer may lie in free agency and in particular with one player: Kyle Lowry.
The Toronto Raptors‘ floor general is coming off a career year in which he averaged a career high in points (17.9), assists (7.4) and three-point shooting (38 percent) all while leading the Raptors to a surprising fourth seed in the East and within seconds of winning a playoff series for the second time in franchise history. He is exactly what Orlando needs — a strong guard who can run the offense and create shots for himself and his teammates.
Contrary to popular belief, Lowry did not come into his own in Toronto. He was a fairly prominent point guard for the Houston Rockets before injuries became a habitual factor in his career. Now blessed with good health — he played in 79 games last season, the second-most in his career — Lowry has now developed into the type of point guard a team can build around.
According to rumors, Lowry is commanding a four-year deal worth $10-12 million a season. It has yet to be seen if the Raptors will agree to that asking price, but what is known for certain is that Orlando has the cap room available to swoop in and sign the guard. Lowry would be a perfect fit to the Magic’s young, talented roster.