Moore's report suggests that the Warriors have interest in Jonathan Issac, the injury plagued-forward who when healthy is one of the best and most versatile defenders in the league. So too do the Magic have interest in Golden State third-year wing Moses Moody, leaving this potential four-player trade between the two teams:
Why would Orlando do this trade?
The Magic have long wanted a starting-calibre point-guard to play alongside Banchero and Wagner, with Markelle Fultz having often dealt with injury and the franchise hesitant to give the role to Cole Anthony.
Paul may be far removed from his Hall-of-Fame best, yet Orlando don't need him to be what he once was. He doesn't have to be the best or even second-best player on the team, but rather just a strong veteran presence who can get the team organized and make things easier for their young core.
Paul still has one of the best assist-to-turnover ratio's in the league and after a slow start is shooting a healthy 36.1% from three-point range. He may not bring the Magic into championship contention, but strengthening their playoff hopes should be important for the continual development of Banchero, Wagner and others.
Quite frankly, any team should be trying to take a flyer on Moody who's been chronically under utilized in the Golden State system. The third-year wing tallied back-to-back 21-point games before injury, providing a showcase of what he could do with increased opportunity.
Adding Moody would only boost the Magic's plethora of young talent, and despite their better record, they'd probably be able to provide the 21-year-old with more playing time than the Warriors have managed. Orlando take the third-lowest number of three-point attempts in the league, an element the former 14th overall pick could certainly help in improving. Assuming they didn't sign him to an extension during the offseason, the Magic would get nearly a year-and-a-half to continue Moody's development before he enters restricted free agency at the end of 2024-25.
Would the Warriors make the move or would they need more for a near 30-minute per game player and a young talent they still have high hopes for?