Orlando Magic receive: Jordan Poole
Washington Wizards receive: Jonathan Isaac, Gary Harris
Another Eastern Conference team that could use Jordan Poole’s services is the Orlando Magic. Similarly to Toronto, Orlando also struggles to create good shots offensively, ranking 27th in offensive efficiency so far this season. Despite having an exciting, young team, their roster is slightly unbalanced, with all their best players being in the frontcourt. They could certainly use a dynamic guard like Jordan Poole.
The Orlando Magic have a slew of young guards, including Markelle Fultz, Jalen Suggs, Anthony Black, and Cole Anthony. However, none of them has proven to be a starter-caliber player so far. They lack the shot creation and scoring necessary for starting guards in the NBA. Poole fits next to these players perfectly, as they can take on the tough defensive assignment while Poole carries the offensive burden.
In return, the Wizards get Jonathan Isaac, a still promising defender with some upside, despite injury concerns. Gary Harris is the 3-and-D wing that the Wizards currently don’t have on the roster. Despite being a veteran player with experience, he is still only 29 years old, and the Wizards could choose to re-sign him and keep him around, or flip him at a later date.
A deal like this may lower the Wizards’ upside in the long term, but it makes them a team that makes sense in the long term. Playing with more defense-first, all-around veterans could do wonders for some of the younger Wizards. Perhaps, that developmental benefit outweighs the loss of Jordan Poole.