3-Team Trade Proposal Sends Trae Young And Michael Porter Jr. To Magic, Jonathan Isaac And Bogdan Bogdanovic To Nuggets

One NBA analyst proposed a three-team trade idea between the Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets. 

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Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report proposed the following mock trade:

Magic Receive: Trae Young and Michael Porter Jr.

Hawks Receive: Cole Anthony, Anthony Black, a 2024 first-round pick from Denver, a 2025 first-round pick from Orlando, a 2027 first-round pick from Orlando and a 2029 first-round pick from Orlando

Nuggets Receive: Jonathan Isaac, Bogdan Bogdanović and a 2030 first-round pick swap

The Magic lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 2024 playoffs in seven games, the Nuggets lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round in seven games and the Hawks missed the postseason. 

One of the top scorers and passers in the NBA, Young averaged 25.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 10.8 assists for the Hawks this season while shooting 43.0% from the field, 37.3% from beyond the arc and 85.5% from the free-throw line.

Atlanta is expected to trade Young or Dejounte Murray this offseason. 

Porter Jr., who is close friends with Young, averaged 16.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists for the Nuggets while shooting 48.4% overall, 39.7% from 3 and 83.6% from the foul line. 

“The Magic need more shooting,” Bailey wrote in his NBA trade column. “And they need additional playmaking to create open shots. They could probably get there by merely staying the course, banking on internal development and trusting the talent of Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner, but with those two on rookie deals, they have an opportunity to step closer to contention now. Orlando can get to over $60 million in cap space this summer, and that’s enough to absorb the excess salary coming in with Trae Young and Michael Porter Jr.”

For the Magic this season, Isaac averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while shooting 51.0% from the field, 37.5% from beyond the arc and 72.0% from the free-throw line. He’s one of the top defenders in the NBA. 

Bogdanovic, who has a rapport with Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic, averaged 16.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Hawks while shooting 42.8% overall, 37.4% from deep and 92.1% from the foul line. 

“The Nuggets have long needed a backup center and rim protection,” Bailey wrote. “He comes with significant injury concerns, but Isaac proved he can be both those things with the Magic this season. Denver could also use more playmaking for the stretches when Jokić is off the floor, and his fellow Serb, Bogdanović, can help with that while also replacing some of Porter’s outgoing shooting.”

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