4. Target Suggs
The Magic have a logjam in the backcourt after drafting Anthony Black and Jett Howard in the lottery. They need to find playing time for Markelle Fultz, Cole Anthony, Gary Harris, Jalen Suggs, and the two rookies. Their best bet would be to make a trade, but who does Orlando send packing?
Suggs was the fifth overall pick in 2021, but his offensive struggles could have him on the chopping block. The 22-year-old is shooting 38.7 percent from the field and 27.1 percent on his 3-point tries for his career after two years. His defense is ahead of Fultz and Anthony, but the Magic may not have minutes to continue his development.
This may look like a weak return for the number five pick entering his third year, but Jalen Suggs has struggled. His playing time decreased last season, and the 22-year-old could be outside the rotation entirely in year three.
The Bucks could buy low and give coach Griffin a young 6’4 guard to develop. Jalen Suggs would operate as a defensive-first option in Milwaukee as his playmaking and shot selection develop. He needs to improve his jumper to take the next step, and the Bucks should offer plenty of open looks playing off Giannis and Middleton.
The Orlando Magic are not the only rebuilding team with excess young talent. The Milwaukee Bucks could also target the Thunder and Rockets to try to shake loose developing players on rookie deals.