Magic To Host Chet Holmgren For Workout Soon

The Magic are expected to host Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren for a workout next week, per Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel. Chet Holmgren

Orlando owns the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and Holmgren is said to be in play.

Holmgren is 7-foot-0 and Magic head of basketball operations Jeff Weltman and GM John Hammond have traditionally gravitated toward players with length and wide wingspans, Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report noted. That dates back to their days with the Bucks.

It was the Weltman-Hammond tandem that selected Giannis Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee, for instance, and Jonathan Isaac in Orlando.

Holmgren also is close with guard Jalen Suggs, another Gonzaga product who just finished his rookie season with the Magic. Holmgren and Suggs were teammates at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis.

Auburn power forward Jabari Smith and Duke forward/center Paolo Banchero are viewed as others under consideration by the Magic. Banchero recently said it should be him.

“I feel like I’m the No. 1 pick in the draft just because I’m the best overall player,” Banchero said on ESPN, via Eurohoops. “I feel like I check all the boxes. Whether that is being a great teammate, being able to be a star player, or doing whatever the coach needs.”

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