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B/R’s Trade Proposal Sends LaMelo Ball To Magic, Anthony Black, 1st Round Picks Headed to Charlotte

The Orlando Magic are said to be considering the possibility of acquiring Klay Thompson from the Golden State Warriors to tackle their offensive challenges next season, which were a key factor in their recent playoff elimination.

As a result, one NBA writer suggested that the Magic consider pursuing LaMelo Ball from the Charlotte Hornets. Dan Favale of Bleacher Report floated a trade proposal between the Magic and Hornets:

Charlotte Hornets : Anthony Black, No. 18 pick, 2025 first-round pick (most favorable from Denver or Orlando), 2026 first-round swap, 2027 first-round pick

Orlando Magic Receive: LaMelo Ball

Ball only appeared in 22 games this season due to a right ankle injury. He averaged 23.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 8.0 assists, shooting 43.3% from the field, 35.5% from beyond the arc, and 86.5% from the free-throw line.

The Hornets drafted Ball third overall in the 2020 NBA Draft, where he boasts career averages of 20.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 7.4 assists. Ball earned the 2020-21 Rookie of the Year Award and earned a spot in the 2022 All-Star team.

Ball secured a five-year, $204 million extension with the Hornets last summer, with a salary of $35.3 million for the upcoming season.

Despite Ball’s injury history, Favale believes he could provide a significant boost to the Magic.

“He checks all of their most pressing boxes: shooting, passing, pace-setting, and the skill set to play off Paolo Banchero, Jalen Suggs, and Franz Wagner,” Favale wrote. “His offensive transcendence outweighs the risk.”

“The Magic could guarantee Jonathan Isaac’s $17.4 million salary, re-sign Gary Harris at a lateral price point ($13 million), pick up the team option for Mo Wagner or Joe Ingles and complete this exact deal,” Favale added. “But they could ask Charlotte to take back more money if they’re looking to have leftover cap space or retain more of their own guys.”

The Orlando Magic put up an impressive show in the first half of Game 7, but despite their efforts, they couldn’t clinch victory and ended up losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 2024 playoffs, marking the end of their postseason run. They ranked 24th in the NBA in PPG this season. With Ball’s scoring and playmaking abilities, he could inject explosiveness into Orlando’s offense.

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