The Orlando Magic are apart of a 3-team deal that took place Saturday night, with the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets being the other two clubs involved. Orlando will trade center Bismack Biyombo to Charlotte and the Magic will receive Hornets’ center Timofey Mozgov and Bulls’ guard Jerian Grant in the deal.
The Magic have been active since the initial wave of stars have cleared free agency and now many of the mid-tier players left available have remained on the team’s radar. Orlando is currently linked to having interest in former Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard Isaiah Thomas, who just a couple years ago was an All-NBA selection with the Boston Celtics.
Now Orlando deals away Biyombo, one of the centerpieces in a trade that involved Serge Ibaka being sent over to Toronto, back on Valentine’s Day in 2017. With the addition of Mo Bamba through the 2018 NBA Draft and the Magic resigning Aaron Gordon, Biyombo became expendable.
Mozgov is a likely target to be waived by Orlando once the trade becomes official, with the team not needing to add another big onto the roster. Last season for the Brooklyn Nets, Mozgov averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 31 appearances. Both Biyombo and Mozgov’s contracts are very similar in terms of years and money from the free agency spree of 2016.
Grant is the keeper in this 3-team deal for Orlando, as the Magic are in need of a point guard that can defend and shoot from the perimeter. Last season for Chicago, Grant averaged 8.4 points and 4.6 assists per game in 74 contests. Grant has seen time at both point and shooting guard for Chicago.