Aaron Gordon was told by Frank Vogel he would like to use him as he did Paul George when he was head coach of the Indiana Pacers.
While Gordon's best position long-term may be power forward, the Orlando Magic will primarily use him as a small forward.
"It's definitely a compliment," Gordon said.
"I'm going to be myself and I'm going to play my game, and that's ultimately going to be the most beneficial for us if I play how I play, not try and play like anybody else. I love the idea of being more of a playmaker and taking on a bigger scoring role. That's something that I'm going to have to do for us to be successful and I'm ready for that."
Gordon made just 29.6 percent of his three-pointers last season.
The Magic hope Serge Ibaka's shooting at power forward helps with their spacing.
"We're going to ask him to do it all," Vogel said. "We're going to give him a lot of responsibility."
"It's going to be a process with him. He's not used to playing the three, but that's going to come. He's got the skills and the ability to do it, or I wouldn't be putting him in that spot. It's going to be ugly at times. But, hopefully, more times than not it's going to be pretty impressive. And I'm excited about that."