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Orlando in Slump as they Lose to Washington Wizards

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The Magic have lost three in a row after winning eight of nine and going on a six-game winning streak. The Magic have faced a lot of issues over the last few months, but there are two things that stand out for the team going forward. The team has been severely hampered by the absence of nine players in the Detroit Pistons game, and Coach Jamahl Mosley and the team leaders must help the team recover. The Magic (at least) sacrificed two games to stay on the bench. In future games, the Magic may find themselves with 30 losses before 20 wins if they don’t watch out.

The Magic must put this behind them and concentrate on the remainder of the season if they want to play competitive basketball down the stretch. Only time will tell if being scrappy or surviving the storm is enough to win. Either one will do, and only time will tell if they can pull through. Paolo Banchero is obviously going through a tough period, and the Magic must ensure that he is not overburdened during this period. Banchero’s issues Friday—7-for-24 shooting, another three personal fouls, and five turnovers—were representative of his problems over the past week. In Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, he couldn’t get anything going, scoring just four points while collecting five fouls in just 22 minutes of playing time. Against the Detroit Pistons, he had five more fouls and shot 33 percent from the field.

There is no need to panic about Banchero’s slump, but the league has been notified and will attempt to prevent him from scoring more than anyone on his team. Every other Magic player will have to make up for the lost production when they all return to the lineup. Especially heading into next year’s games.

Due to being suspended for stepping off the bench, the other three players (among the eight suspended) will be unavailable for the Orlando Magic’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

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The Magic will benefit from the return of Wendell Carter and Mo Bamba, two players who can help strengthen the team’s interior defense. Having Cole Anthony back will also help organize the offense.

It’s vital for the Magic to show a significant improvement in their focus on detail, particularly on offence, as nine players are available for Wednesday’s game. That will provide the team with an important boost of energy.

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Orlando Magic Linked to Career 38.5 3PT Shooter Player

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Malik Beasley

The Orlando Magic are one of the teams expected to pursue Malik Beasley once he hits the free agency market this July.

The Magic, who have already been linked to several incoming free agents with respectable shooting acumen, are reportedly among the teams showing some level of interest in Beasley.

Other teams linked to the sweet-shooting veterans are the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

“Houston has identified floor spacing and shooting as an area of need this offseason privately and publicly and have an interest in veteran sharpshooter Malik Beasley,” a source close to the situation told the New York Times.

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Beasley started 77 games for the Milwaukee Bucks this past season, converting 41.3 percent of his shots from 3-point distance. He’s a career 38.5 percent three-point shooter.

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Magic Have Interest in Sweet-Shooting Point Guard

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D'Angelo Russell

The Orlando Magic has reportedly shown interest in potential free agent guard D’Angelo Russell, the Athletic reported on Wednesday, May 21.

Russell, who can opt out of his $18.7 million player option with the Los Angeles Lakers, is expected to draw interest from teams looking to shore up their shooting in their backcourt.

The 28-year-old point guard averaged 18.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 32.7 minutes per game while shooting 45.6 FG% and 41.5 3PT% during the 2023-24 season.

His numbers dipped in the playoffs as he averaged 14.2 points on 38.4 FG% and 31.8 3PT% in the five-game series with the Denver Nuggets.

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The Magic direly need some reliable shooting in their lineup for next season after shooting 35.2% from deep in the regular-season.

Aside from Russell, the Magic are also rumored as a potential destination for Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson.

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Orlando Magic Linked to Big-Time Scorer in Free Agency

According to reputable NBA insider Ramona Shelburne, the Magic are one of the teams eyeing the service of NBA All-Star Paul George.

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Paul George

The offseason officially started for the Orlando Magic seconds after the final buzzer of their 94-106 Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. According to reputable NBA insider Ramona Shelburne, the Magic are one of the teams eyeing incoming free agent Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers.

“There’s two teams that are paying very close attention to Paul George: the Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers, because both of them have the money to throw at him and need a wing just like him, a veteran guy,” Shelburne said on “the Brian Windhorst & the Hoops Collective” podcast on May 1.

Sportrac projected the Magic to have a practical cap space of $19 million, but their maximum possible cap space could balloon to as high as $58 million if they forego their team options on Jonathan Isaac, Joe Ingles, and Moritz Wagner.

Despite turning 34 once the free agency window opens, George is expected to be a hot commodity on the market because of his reputation as a flat-out scorer and above-average wing defender. He’ll be looking for his final max-level deal of at least $45 million per year before he enters the twilight years of his career.

George averaged 22.6 points on 47.1 FG%, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game during the regular season with the Clippers. His scoring production dipped a bit during the six-game series against the Mavericks, putting up 19.5 points on 41.1 FG% and 36.7 3PT%.

NBA experts expect the Magic to bring over either a legitimate shooter or a scorer who will help address the lack of shooting on their roster. George, a career 38.5 3PT% shooter, would be a solid addition to a resurging team like the Magic.

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