Mario Hezonja's future is set to be determined. But with today being the deadline for the Orlando Magic to pick up his rookie option, reports are surfacing that Hezonja's name has been included in trade talks.
Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders tweeted that the Magic and Sacramento Kings discussed a swap for Hezonja.
Sources: Kings and Magic discussed a swap of Malachi Richardson and a second-round pick for Mario Hezonja, but trade talks stalled recently.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) October 31, 2017
Hezonja has failed to develop since the Magic drafted him with the fifth pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. The 22-year-old is averaging 4.5 points in 12.8 minutes per game this season. The Magic must decide by later today whether they want to exercise their fourth-year option on Hezonja for around $5.2 million, as Aaron Goldstone wrote last week. If not, Hezonja would become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The Kings and general manager Vlade Divac were rumored to have interest in Hezonja during the 2015 draft when they had the sixth pick. After Orlando selected Hezonja fifth, the Kings drafted Willie Cauley-Stein.
Malachi Richardson, a 21-year-old shooting guard in his second season, has averaged 6,.0 points per game in 13.3 minutes while playing behind Buddy Hield and Garret Temple.
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