Rival executives and league personnel view Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren as the most likely pick for the Magic at No. 1 in next month’s draft due to the front office’s affinity for length, writes Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.
Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman and general manager John Hammond have gravitated toward lanky players with huge wingspans since arriving in Orlando and did the same during their days in Milwaukee, Fischer observes, citing Giannis Antetokounmpo, John Henson, Thon Maker, Jonathan Isaac, and Mohamed Bamba as examples.
Fischer also points to Holmgren’s good relationship with last year’s No. 4 overall pick Jalen Suggs – they played together at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis – as another reason why the Magic may be leaning toward the Gonzaga star.
Whether the Magic end up drafting Holmgren or another top big man prospect like Auburn’s Jabari Smith, league personnel increasingly believe that Bamba is increasingly likely to leave the team this summer, Fischer says. Bamba is eligible for restricted free agency, but there may not be room for him in a frontcourt that would include Holmgren or Smith, Wendell Carter, and the returning Isaac.
Here’s more from Fischer:
- There’s a “strong belief” among rival executives that the Kings, who badly want to get back to the playoffs, will explore trading the No. 4 pick, according to Fischer. Holmgren, Smith, and Paolo Banchero are the consensus top three players in the draft class, but a number of prospects are in play at No. 4, so there may be a team that feels compelled to move up to snag its preferred target, Fischer writes.
- League personnel view the Trail Blazers at No. 7 and the Pelicans at No. 8 as other good candidates for trades among lottery teams, per Fischer. The Thunder, Grizzlies, and Spurs, all of whom own multiple first-round selections, are worth monitoring for possible trade-up scenarios, and there are a few teams that may want to move their first-rounders for future picks due to salary cap or luxury tax concerns, Fischer adds.
- Shaedon Sharpe is considered the wild card of the lottery and could come off the board as high as No. 4, Fischer says. Some executives told Bleacher Report that Sharpe could realistically have been a candidate for No. 1 overall if he had played at all at Kentucky. Given how little Sharpe has played in the last year, he’s regarded as a high-risk, high-upside pick.
21 thoughts on “Fischer’s Latest: Magic, Holmgren, Bamba, Kings, Sharpe”
If you’re Sacramento, I think you take the risk on Sharpe at #4. If he isn’t available, that means you still have Holmgren, Smith or Banchero available. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them.
Are you familiar with Ben Mathurin?
For his sake I hope not
Orlando should draft Jabari Smith as the #1 pick. I think personally he fits better next to Suggs and Anthony long term than Chet. Let’s not forget that Jonathan Issac is still recovering from a torn ACL from 2020 so he might not even be the same player he was before his injury. I think they draft Jabari, find a trade for Fultz and try to acquire a wing player or sign a Kyle Anderson type hybrid 3/4 player. They have too many big man and not enough wing players. I think they should trade Fultz or WCJ and let Jabari develop at the 4 and resign Mo Bamba. They could also trade Terrance Ross for the 18th pick to Chicago as well and possibly take Patrick Baldwin Jr who has the size to be compared to Issac pre injury.
Franz Wagner in the 6th man role
No chance Issac is on the bench. And I wouldn’t be surprised if they go with Anthony/Suggs in the backcourt.
Smith is the #1 pick in my book, but Holmgren may be the selection here. Suggs, Anthony, Issac, Wagner, and Holmgren isn’t too shabby.
Padam. can we count on Issac to be the Issac of old? I think they should gradually bring him along and give the bulk of the minutes to Jabari. I agree with you on Holmgren too but I think Orlando wants a guy who isn’t a bit of a project physically like Chet will be.
Also, no clue why I had Green as the 2. I got him and Suggs confused. Thanks for pointing that out. It should be Jalen Suggs lmao.
Paolo fits better than both
Paolo isn’t that good, his defense is questionable. I don’t think he’ll ever be an above average NBA player.
Paolo isn’t that good? He’ll never be above average? Smh I’m tryin to can with you… but I just can’t
Giant Cade Cunningham, a unicorn of his own kind.
Nobody else would agree with me but I want Paolo to go somewhere and play point some in half court offense and push every rebound he gets up in transition. I’d employ him as a back up point guard if I had a Pat Bev type pg that could C&S on my 2nd unit.
Maxey to the Kings for #4
Vivek has to have loved that Playoff performance and he still has 2 yrs left on his rookie deal.
76ers need young, athletic wing more than a scoring guard. And if “star hunter” Morey knows Beal or Lavine are coming, this makes even more sense as way to upgrade the overall team.
Maxey would be required in any deal for another star. I don’t see how the Sixers can get the #4 pick AND a star. And if you were trading a star, I imagine maxey would be worth more than #4 considering he has shown the ability to be a successful nba lead guard
I wouldn’t trade Maxey. That kid is going to be a really great player to develop and watch in the foreseeable future. So explosive on the dribble.
Beal or Lavine would have to force a sign and trade to the 76ers for that scenario to work, so unlikely but fun to think about.
Not a good idea for the Sixers but hilariously on brand Sacramento kind of move. Add another guard! Lol
SAC (#4) and POR (#7), if they make a trade, should wait until draft day to make it (not just to announce it). Both appear to pick at points likely to be the last pick or two of a consensus tier.
For NYK, #11 to #4 is a bit of a reach. But #11 to #7 if it can be done for DAL’s 2023 1st, and DET’s 2023 2nd, might work. For me, Sharpe or Mathurin would likely have to be there, I wouldn’t just trade for the pick in advance at that price.
Other than that, I’m not liking #11 much, and would be very comfortable trading down from there. Has to be done on draft night, though, without warning, so the 2k’ers will meltdown over it. That’s not the only reason I’d like to see it though.
San Antonio has the ammunition to move up in the draft, won’t be surprised if they target the #4-#7 picks to get Mathurin, reminds of a young Kawhi Leonard
Good take; I could definitely see that. A top 7 seems to be emerging in the draft.
I agree, been saying it. Sharpe will make a nice player drop. He’s got too much upside at 19. #1 recruit out of HS. Already has an NBA body. He’s a high flyer who can shoot and score. He’s not getting by Pistons imo.
I’ve seen Agbaji dropping like an ugly pup. He’s got potential to be best 2way guard in draft. Very talented but is a system guy. NBA will bring out more of his game. Knicks better not pass on him.
Been saying for Months we should trade up for Mathurin. Said FO were idiots for not playing the young guys. And then dropping into 7-9 territory. Imagine if we had the 7th pick. If only they listen to me ……
Kings with Ivey or Sharpe. Are a team of the near future. Ivey can start from day 1. Sharpe is more a project. But he should pay off big in 3yrs. Murray is a player I can see them trade down for. He is more NBA ready and fits a need. Plus getting assets is a plus.
Blazers could have Murray or Mathurin at 7. Both can start next yr. I don’t see Blazers trading this pick. Either of those guys will be an all star one day.