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Rival executives around the league expect the Orlando Magic to aggressively shop small forward Evan Fournier, point guard Elfrid Payton and shooting guard Mario Hezonja leading to February’s trade deadline, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
After starting the season a surprising 8-4, the Magic have been in an endless free fall since, posting a putrid record of 4-27.
New team president Jeff Weltman is adamant on getting another top five draft pick in this year’s draft and wants to shed Fournier’s $85 million contract. The Magic should be able to get good value in return for Fournier, who is averaging 17.6 points per game on the season while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from three.
As for Payton and Hezonja, both players are viewed as “throw-ins” in a potential deal.
Hezonja has been labeled as a bust, as the former fifth overall pick in the 2015 draft holds career averages of just 5.8 points.
Payton, meanwhile, has good vision and size but possesses no perimeter game and struggles in the half court when the game slows down in the 4th quarter.