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NBA Mock Draft: Orlando Magic Select Elie Okobo from France

SB Nation’s NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making their team’s pick. After a trade, the Magic select Elie Okobo with the 13th pick.

Nanterre v Pau - Jeep Elite Elie Okobo of Pau during the Jeep Elite match between Nanterre and Pau on April 7, 2018 in Nanterre, France. (Photo by Aude Alcover/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
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NBA Mock Draft Pick #13 — Elie Okobo, Guard, France

SB Nation’s Orlando Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post explains the pick:

Moving on from Evan Fournier wasn’t an easy decision. However, with Terrence Ross returning from injury, and some good depth on the wing in the early portion of the second round, moving on from Fournier made sense. Gallinari will be able to come in and fill a little bit of that need at the three, and give us more depth as well. Moving back up to slecet Elie Okobo gives us our point guard of the future. He’s been playing proessionally in France, so he has some experience, and could be a great fit for us moving forward. He has the ability to score the ball, and can initiate the offense at a high level. There will undoubtedly be a learning curve moving from France to the NBA, but Okobo gives us someone who can fill the point guard spot for the foreseeable future.

These are the terms of the trade in our Blogger Mock Draft between the Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic:

Magic receives: 13th pick and Danilo Gallinari

Clippers receive: Evan Fournier

SB Nation’s L.A. Clippers blog Clips Nation explains the trade:

After happily landing our preferred guard with the 12th pick, and with the aforementioned wing targets already off the board, moving the 13th pick became a much more attractive avenue than either selecting another guard or reaching for a wing. We had anticipated that SGA and Miles Bridges being available at 12 and 13 was probably unlikely, so we had happily engaged in trade talks for the 13th pick leading up to the draft. We discussed multiple frameworks with numerous teams, but ultimately preferred to target Evan Fournier over other available established wings. We value Fournier’s scoring and shooting ability on the wing immensely, and think he’ll be an excellent fit next to Tobias Harris going forward. He’s also the same age as Tobias, at 25 years old, a much better fit for our new, evolving core than the 29-year-old Gallinari. We know that Danilo is better than his inefficient, injury-riddled 21 games last season, but between his age, injury history, and contract situation, we made moving him one of this off-season’s priorities. Due to his large deal with two years remaining, no teams were interested in taking a flier on Gallinari without sending the Clippers other bad contracts in return. While we were unable to eliminate that cap hit entirely, spending on a player who fits into our core is much more palatable. Fournier also makes over $5 million less than Gallinari in 2019-20, which will make creating cap space next summer easier.

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