Orlando Magic are gearing up for a busy offseason that could include trading Elfrid Payton, besides pursuing a host of veteran free agents, per latest NBA Rumors.
Payton, drafted 10th overall in 2014, is in the middle of another so-so season with Orlando, averaging 10.5 points and 6.6 assists from 29 minutes of playing time. With Magic set to miss the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season, there is growing concern within the organization.
According to Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel, Magic head coach Scott Skiles is not very high on Payton and could ask GM Rob Hennigan to trade the former Louisiana–Lafayette standout.
“The most ticklish subject (during the offseason) will be the point-guard position and Elfrid Payton. It already is ticklish. It’s no secret that Payton hasn’t won over coach Scott Skiles. Whether Payton’s future could become a bone of contention between Skiles and Hennigan – who moved up in the 2014 draft to pick him – could be an intriguing dynamic,” revealed Scmitz.
In the mix for Al Horford?
Orlando made a lot of noise prior to the NBA Trade Deadline last month. Besides trading Tobias Harris and Channing Frye, they acquired Brandon Jennings from Detroit Pistons. Schmitz revealed that Magic will continue to remain aggressive in the offseason. “They could try to land two elite players this offseason, or one this summer and one next summer. I believe they’ll be aggressive. But their degree of difficulty to sign them increased after a second-half collapse.”
Al Horford, an unrestricted free agent soon, could sign with Orlando during the offseason. “Maybe the Magic can convince Al Horford that it’s really just a spot for a beautiful Olympic-sized pool,” wrote Schmitz.
Great playmaking ability…
Though Payton’s shooting percentages haven’t helped Orlando’s cause, his potential to be a solid floor general cannot be ignored. After averaging an impressive 6.3 assists in his rookie season, Payton has once again dished out 365 assists from 61 games (6 assists per game) this season.
During Wednesday’s defeat to Detroit Pistons, Payton had his first career triple-double – finishing with 20 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds and a steal. Regardless of Payton’s impressive showing, Magic suffered their fifth consecutive defeat in a month which has seen them register all of three victories.
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