While many assume having multiple first round picks is a luxury, for the teams that actually have them, they may disagree.
We’ve already heard that the Phoenix Suns and Chicago Bulls, two teams with multiple first round selections are looking to unload a pick and the Orlando Magic may be wanting to do the same.
Orlando is sure to get a high quality talent with their No. 4 overall pick, but their No. 12 pick isn’t nearly as sexy and according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, it’s within reason to believe that the Magic may attempt to move the pick.
“Assuming the Magic draft a point guard at number four, there is a chance they go with big guy like an Adreian Payne or Nurkic, but there have also being some rumblings that the Magic might go with a “draft-and-stash” at 12, meaning Saric becomes an option here. Assuming the Magic do not trade out of the 12, which is a real possibility, Saric might be the best draft-and-stash option. There has also been some talk about Zach LaVine at 12, which might make sense if Arron Afflalo is moved this summer.”
The main problem with having multiple first round picks is the guaranteed money the player receives. Unlike a second round pick who can be cut and/or signed for minimal dollars, a first rounder comes with a pay scale and commitment. In addition to the financial impact, they also come with a roster spot unless you decide to place them on a NBADL team or allow them to play overseas, though, you have limited control of your new player at that point.
All that said, it’s no guarantee the Magic do make such a move though it sounds as if they’re open to it, at least according to Kyler.