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Orlando Magic Player Comparisons: Preparing for free agency

The most valuable piece of real estate for any cap-ologist or executive planning is the rookie contract.

When players enter the league as first-round picks, every player is on intentionally deflated contracts. Future stars taken with the first overall pick are limited to a $12-million salary. Fifth overall pick Jalen Suggs will eat up only $6.6 million in cap room and top off at $9.2 million in the final year of his contract.

The Magic, just like most teams at the top of the draft, are going to extract a whole lot more value from Suggs.

The same goes for the other side of the coin.