The Magic are sending the Phoenix Suns three future second-round picks in exchange for a 2026 first-round pick trade, ESPN reported Sunday.
In making this deal, Orlando is essentially betting on himself. The sun too.
The Magic are hoping they’ll have a better regular season record than the Suns did in 2026, otherwise the medic swap won’t be valuable.
Since Phoenix already owes Washington a first-round pick trade in 2026, the Wizards will be able to choose between their own pick and the Suns pick in this draft. The Magic will then be able to choose between their own pick and whatever pick Phoenix has left in this year’s first round.
The Suns are expected to be left with their least favorable picks, Washington and Orlando, in the 2026 first round.
The Suns wanted to reset the second round picks after the team sent out six future second round picks as part of a three-team trade between Washington and Indiana to get Phoenix star guard Bradley Beal. This blockbuster trade is also why the Suns already owe the Wizards a 26-pick trade along with future draft capital.
The reason Orlando feels comfortable trading three future second-round picks is because the Magic have eight first-round picks and 12 second-round picks in the next seven drafts (2024-30).
In addition, the Magic have rarely used their second-round picks since President of Basketball Operations Jeff Veltman joined the organization in 2017. round choice and monetary considerations.
According to ESPN, the three future second-round picks traded by the Magic to Phoenix are the result of trades Orlando has made in the past.
The latest trade includes a 2024 second-round pick the Magic acquired from Denver when Mo Bamba was sent to the Lakers, the least favorable of the three 2026 second-round picks the Magic owns — one from a 2020 trade with the Bucks, the other from Clippers via Pistons in a 2021 trade revolving around Jason Preston and their own 2028 pick, plus a 2028 second round pick Orlando received from Boston in last year’s trade that included big man Bol Bol.
The Magic waived Bol on July 4 after initially pushing back the date of his guarantee for his $2.2 million salary for the 2023–24 season. According to reports, Bol agreed to a one-year fully guaranteed contract to join the Phoenix on Sunday.
This is the first deal Orlando has made since Anthony Parker was named general manager on July 5 after John Hammond began his transition to a senior adviser position with the organization.
On Saturday, the Magic ended the summer league after losing to the Celtics in Las Vegas.