Magic Trade For Jazz’s Collin Sexton In Bold Proposal

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A young NBA player’s career can go south. Nobody likes to see that happen, but it does. Often, injuries are to blame. A serious injury can knock a player’s career off course.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult for them to get back on track. Look at Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic. His career has been constantly derailed by injuries.

When healthy, he’s flashed immense potential. Unfortunately, he’s been injured far too often. As a result, it’s been hard for Isaac to find his rhythm. 

The same can be said for Collin Sexton of the Utah Jazz. He doesn’t have the same track record of getting hurt that Isaac does, but ever since his last injury, he hasn’t quite looked the same.

Should the Magic flip Isaac for him? 

NBA Trade Proposal: Orlando Magic Land Utah Jazz’s Collin Sexton

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Utah Jazz Receive: F/C Jonathan Isaac
Orlando Magic Receive: G Collin Sexton 

Can a young player return from a string of injuries? Absolutely. It’s simply a difficult path. Let’s look at a young player whose career has been impacted by injuries. We’re talking about Ben Simmons of the Brooklyn Nets. 

Simmons’ career got off to an excellent start. For his first few seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, Simmons reached an All-NBA level.

With that said, injuries derailed his career. For the last couple of seasons, he looked like he’d lost his spark. This year, it was beginning to look like he’d found his groove – until he got injured again. 

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Has Simmons made a comeback? It’s complicated. In the end, all we can do is wait and see if Simmons can continue his upward trajectory when he returns.

Should the Jazz see if Isaac can get back on track? 

Why The Utah Jazz Do The Deal 

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We know what you’re thinking. Yes, the Jazz have a lot of front-court depth. Between Lauri Markkanen, John Collins, Walker Kessler, Taylor Hendricks, and Kelly Olynyk, they’ve got too many players up front – don’t they? 

Perhaps. Still, Isaac has a higher ceiling than any of them besides Markkanen. When he’s been healthy, he’s looked like a perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

Meanwhile, Isaac has a higher ceiling than Sexton, too. As a rebuilding team, Utah could justify taking a flyer on him. 

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Yet, the Jazz have motives here that have nothing to do with Isaac. They’re interested in his expiring contract, and getting off of Sexton’s deal.

Should the Magic add Sexton’s money to their books? 

Why The Orlando Magic Do The Deal 

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The Magic also have a lot of frontcourt depth. On the other hand, unlike the Jazz, they’ve got two pieces with remarkably high upside. Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner both look like stars.

Unless Orlando wants to experiment with Isaac at the 5 on a full-time basis, they don’t have room for him in their starting lineup. On the other hand, they could make room for Sexton.

The Magic need a guard who can create shots in the halfcourt. Fair – but is Sexton the answer? Injury concerns aside, he’s been woefully inconsistent in 2023-24. 

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That’s why the Magic are only parting with Isaac for him. Sure, his upside is tremendous, but he’s likely the most injury prone player in the NBA. We hope he can get his career back on track, but the Magic shouldn’t bet on it. 

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When it comes to exploring the endless possibilities of NBA trades, there's no one quite like James Piercey. With a keen eye for player dynamics, salary cap intricacies, and a knack for discovering uncharted trade territory, James has risen to prominence as the preeminent expert in the realm of hypothetical NBA trades. James is also known for his work covering the Houston Rockets for SB Nation's The Dream Shake — a blog that gives a daily, comprehensive look at the team. He has written for various outlets, including FanSided and Last Word on Sports, among others.