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Ex-Magic Prospect Kai Sotto Posting Dominant Numbers Overseas

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Kai Sotto playing for Orlando Magic summer league team

The Orlando Magic are known for its top-notch scouts overseas, who played an instrumental role in discovering international gems like Marcin Gortat and Franz Wagner in the past.

The Magic Scouts knew what they got all along when they invited Kai Sotto to play for their Summer League team last summer.

Sotto, a 7-foot-3 big man from the Philippines, has been making noise in the Japan B.League as of late, posting dominant numbers against teams reinforced by former NBA players and prospects.

After dealing with a back injury through the first few months of the season, Sotto’s numbers slowly began to take off until he got his breakout game against the Chiba Jets last February 20, where he posted 18 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. He followed that up with a better output the next day, racking up 26 points and 11 rebounds against the same team.

Sotto continued his upward trajectory in the following weeks, chalking up doubles-doubles and setting new milestones the following weeks. Last March 30, he scored a career-high 28 points against perennial Japanese league contender Alvark Tokyo,

The 21-year-old prospect is averaging 12.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks in 23 games for Yokohama B.Corsairs this season.

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Before joining the B.League, Sotto played two seasons for the Adelaide 36ers in Australia’s NBL. He also teamed up with young stars Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga as part of the first batch of the G-League Ignite program, which offered a pathway for young talents to play pro straight out of high school instead of going to college.

Sotto went undrafted in the 2022 NBA Draft, though he still received an invite to play for the Magic’s Summer League team in 2023 where he saw limited minutes.

Despite having played a ton of basketball already, Sotto will just be 22 in May. If he continues to put up jaw-dropping performances for the remainder of the season, this youthful big man may be headed for another Summer League callup.

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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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