The Orlando Magic are finally starting to rid themselves of some of their bad contracts and depending on how they handle some of their guarantees and options, they could have quite a bit of cap room this summer.
Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel believes that although the Magic could have up to $22.7 million in cap room, it would be a “shock” to see the Magic pursue Stephenson and they likely won’t be players for Deng or Lowry either.
Lance Stephenson, who is just 23 years old and has All-Star talent, will be an unrestricted free agent. But it would be a huge shock if the Magic pursue him. Magic officials would tire of his antics quickly, and the Magic already have a young stat sheet-stuffing guard, Victor Oladipo, who has none of the baggage that Stephenson would bring.
Kyle Lowry, a young point guard who almost was selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team, will be an unrestricted free agent. He’d be an asset to the Magic. But the Magic have the potential to select a promising young point guard in the upcoming draft — someone whose salaries will be less expensive than Lowry’s.
Luol Deng, a small forward who turned 29 last month, could entice the Magic. He’s a defensive powerhouse and would set a great example for the Magic’s younger players. There’s a snag, though: Why would Deng want to join a rebuilding team at this stage of his career if he can earn comparable money from a contender?
Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season while Deng put up 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game and Lowry went for 17.9 points, 7.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game.