• Magic keeping options open with No. 1 pick in draft

    14 days ago - By Bésame

    For the Orlando Magic, who have the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, it would seem as if the pre-draft process should have been winding down by Monday.
    The college basketball season ended more than 2½ months ago and almost five weeks ago the Magic won the draft lottery that secured them the top pick in Thursday night's draft.
    Most pre-draft workouts and interviews wrapped up recently, with many of the top prospects traveling to New York City for the draft.
    But as Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman sees it, “It's still early in the process,” and there's plenty of time for...
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  • NBA Draft preview: How could Paolo Banchero help the Orlando Magic?

    14 days ago - By Bésame

    Before the college basketball season even ended, three names have been considered the three prospects expected to draw consideration for the NBA draft's No. 1 pick: Former Gonzaga big man Chet Holmgren, Auburn forward Jabari Smith Jr. and Duke forward Paolo Banchero.
    But since the Magic won the draft lottery and the rights to the top pick, most rival executives and scouts have believed Holmgren and Smith will be the first two players drafted, leaving Banchero as the most likely option for the third pick.
    Smith and Holmgren have been considered the favorites, and at one point the heavy...
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