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Raptors three-point shooter Gary Trent Jr. is a perfect fit for Orlando

ORLANDO — The Orlando Magic's first playoff run in four years ended with a seventh game of mistakes. NBA free agency starting in July offers an opportunity to fix those mistakes.

Orlando has $25 million in projected salary cap space. If the Magic want to invest in better three-point shooting—they ranked last in three-point shooting in 2023-24—here are three of the best free agents available:

  1. Gary Trent Jr., Toronto Raptors
  2. Malik Beasley, Milwaukee Bucks
  3. Buddy Hield, Philadelphia 76ers

In six seasons, Trent Jr. has proven himself to be a proven three-pointer, making 38.6 of his 3-pointers. He has started 59 percent of the 341 games he has played with the Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers. In his 41 appearances for Toronto this season, he averaged 15.9 points, three rebounds and 1.8 assists.

Those point totals dwarf what the Magic got from Gary Harris, who became the preferred shooting guard in the home stretch. In his 27 regular-season appearances, Harris averaged just 7.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

The 30-year-old Harris will be a free agent who is coming off one of his worst seasons as a professional. Trent Jr., who turns 26 next season, is on the rise.

The free agent negotiation period with players from other teams begins on June 30 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Contracts can be made official on July 6 at 12:01 p.m. ET.

Anna Harden

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