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NBA Rumors: Magic's Mo Bamba 'Readily Available' Ahead of 2023 Trade Deadline

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 24, 2023

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 09: Mo Bamba #11 of the Orlando Magic looks on in the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on January 09, 2023 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba is reportedly "readily available" in a trade before the Feb. 9 deadline.

Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reported the Magic would move Bamba as his time in the rotation has dwindled. O'Connor mentioned the Los Angeles Clippers as a potential suitor.

Bamba is averaging 7.3 points and 4.8 rebounds this season in 25 games. He has played in just 10.7 minutes per game in January, a signal he is not in the team's long-term plans.

The Magic have Bamba under contract through the 2023-24 season, but his $10.3 million salary next year is non-guaranteed. It's likely any team that acquires the 2018 first-round pick will release him after this season.

The Clippers have had a massive hole in the middle of their defense behind Ivica Zubac all season and could look to buy low on Bamba before the deadline. The Texas product has flashed an ability to stretch the floor from the center position, shooting 38.4 percent from three-point range, and he averaged 10.6 points and 8.1 rebounds a year ago.