To cap off one of the most eventful drafts in recent history, the Orlando Magic traded the 47th pick to Portland for $1.2 million dollars cash and a 2019 second round pick.
With enough young players on the roster for the player development staff to worry about, general manager Rob Hennigan opted to end the day with only Serge Ibaka and Stephen Zimmerman joining the team.
Still, taking a flyer on a player like Gary Payton II wouldn’t have been the worst thing in the world. Payton was a stat monster last year at Oregon State, averaging 16 points, 7.8 boards, and 5 assists per game. The 6’3" prospect brought some of his dad’s intensity on defense to go along with his 2.5 steals a game.
Payton would’ve added depth at guard, but in a backcourt that looks to be bolstered through free agency, it’s understandable that the Magic wanted to keep the roster spot for a more proven player.