Apr 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard/forward James Young (1) handles the ball against Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Niels Giffey (5) in the second half during the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Draft Rumors: Orlando Magic interested in Dario Saric, Nik Stauskas, Gary Harris & James Young


The Orlando Magic had to have been at least someone upset that they moved down a spot in Tuesday night’s Draft Lottery rather than moving up into one of the top two spots.

However, if the reports that the Magic covet Australian point guard Dante Exum are true, there is a good chance they will still get their man. If a team in the top three decides to take Exum, then the Magic will get one of the draft’s perceived top three players anyway.

The Magic also hold the 12th-overall pick and if they do indeed wind up with Exum, ESPN’s Chad Ford expects them to take a shooter.

I think they’re OK at 4. They want a point guard and I think there’s a good chance Dante Exum is there. I think the Bucks are the team most likely to snag him. But if they do that, then Jabari, Wiggins or Embiid is on the board and the Magic like all three. I also think Marcus Smart is still in the equation at No. 4. Not every team loves him, but the Magic do. At 12, I assume they add shooting — especially if they take Exum or Smart. Again Nik Stauskas, Gary Harris, James Young are all possibilities. I also think Saric is in the mix here as well.

Each of the players mentioned can step back and hit from the outside.

Of course, when you’re in the Magic’s situation, you take the best player available.


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