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Orlando Magic: 3 veteran point guards that the Magic could bring in this summer

  • The Orlando Magic are in desperate need of a new point guard this summer
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Modified 10 May 2019, 06:00 IST
Minnesota Timberwolves v Dallas Mavericks
Minnesota Timberwolves v Dallas Mavericks

This season, for the first time since 2012, the Orlando Magic reached the playoffs. Back in September, few had predicted that the Magic would make their first postseason appearance since Dwight Howard exited the team, although Orlando's successful season was fuelled by a promising young core and the All-Star performances from Nikola Vucevic.

The Magic ultimately exited the playoffs at the first hurdle, losing 4-1 to the Toronto Raptors, although there is no doubting the huge steps forward that the franchise has taken over the past 12 months. Yet, it is important that Orlando continue to move forward this summer, and the addition of a new point guard should be the number one priority. D.J. Augustin has done little to suggest that he can lead the team to contention, and there are also a number of capable veteran free-agents hitting the market this summer.

So, with plenty of guards to choose from, here are three that could make an immediate impact.

#3 Isaiah Thomas

Denver Nuggets v Boston Celtics
Denver Nuggets v Boston Celtics

Isaiah Thomas has endured another difficult season. Following his much-anticipated return to fitness, he was quickly dropped from the Nuggets' rotation, and there are also still doubts over how his hip will affect him going forward.

Despite this, Thomas is still only 30, and during his 12 appearances from the Denver bench, he showed a few glimpses of his form from the 16/17 season. This was a campaign in which Thomas led the Boston Celtics to the Western Finals, averaging 28.9 points per game, and there is still the possibility that Thomas could refind some of his 2017 magic.

After leaving Denver this summer, Thomas will once again face the prospect of signing another one-year minimum deal. This sort of contract shields the Magic's from any long term damage, and even if he fails to rediscover his earlier form, Thomas could still add much-needed depth to the bench.

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Published 10 May 2019, 06:00 IST
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