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Marreese Speights | Center/Forward | #5

Team: Orlando Magic
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/4/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 255
College: Florida
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (16) / PHI
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Magic sign F/C Marreese Speights.
The Magic were dying for a third center and they'll bring the former Florida Gator back to the Sunshine State. Speights could be used situationally for the Magic to help space the floor, but he's unlikely to see much playing time on his new team. Jul 27 - 4:55 PM

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Free agent Marreese Speights will sign with the Magic on a one-year deal worth the veteran's minimum, according to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt.

Speights declined a $2.1 million player option with the Clippers, in the hopes of earning a mid-level-exception deal worth more than $8 million annually. That didn't work out, but the 29-year-old big man would give Orlando a different, court-stretching option in a frontcourt that features Nikola Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo.
Jul 23 - 10:14 PM

Marreese Speights is "on course" to sign with the Magic according to basketball writer David Pick.

The two sides had a face-to-face meeting on Saturday and it obviously "went well." Speights was looking for the mid-level exception of about $8.2 million when free agency started, so it will be interesting to see what he ends up getting. The Magic do have a $4.3MM room exception, so they may offer him that. Don't expect him to have much fantasy value behind Nikola Vucevic in Orlando.
Jul 23 - 1:44 PM

The Magic and Marreese Speights had a face-to-face meeting.

The Magic could really use another center and Speights should come fairly cheap. Speights likely won't be going back to the Clippers and he has also seen some interest from the Hawks, who may need a center more than any team.
Jul 22 - 9:25 PM

The Hawks will no longer pursue unrestricted free agent Marreese Speights.

Speights' camp was in talks with Atlanta over the past week, but neither side was able to come to terms on a deal. Speights is hoping that he can see a rise from last year's salary of $1.4 million, but at this point, there aren't a ton of teams out there with cap space who are also in need of a reserve big man. Thus far, the Clippers have been the only other team to express interest in Speights.
Jul 16 - 3:45 PM

The Clippers still have interest in re-signing Marreese Speights, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Speights opted out of his contract this offseason in the hopes that he would see a significant pay raise from the $1.4 million he made last season. However, free agency money has mostly dried up as teams are running out of cap space. Speights may have to settle for a deal near the veteran's minimum next season. Turner notes that while the Clippers have expressed interest, "a deal is not close."
Jul 15 - 10:35 AM

Marreese Speights is looking for the mid-level exception of about $8.2 million per year according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Speights has already officially opted out his player option for next season, so he's an unrestricted free agent this summer. With the Clippers hoping to re-sign Blake Griffin and Chris Paul to max deals, Speights' contract demands are likely going to be too high for the Clippers to bring him back. He's a nice per-minute guy with averages of 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game, so hopefully he can find himself a nice role this summer.
May 25 - 12:26 PM

Marreese Speights has officially opted out of his contract with the Clippers.

This was expected. It was an easy decision for Speights, as he was set to make just $1.4 million next season. He averaged 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game in 2016-17. As an unrestricted free agent this summer, he will likely be able to land a deal for around $5 million annually.
May 23 - 12:06 PM

Marreese Speights is expected to decline his player option for 2017-18.

It's a no-brainer for Speights, as he's going to opt out of a deal that would only pay him $1.4 million next season. The 29-year-old veteran averaged 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 triples in 15.7 minutes per game, and he is reportedly looking for a mid-level deal that will start around $8.4 million per season.
May 1 - 12:10 PM

Mo Speights will move to the bench on Friday for Game 6 against the Jazz.

He has not been very good on the defensive end and the Jazz have held their defensive integrity with Speights out there spreading the floor. He could be a DNP-CD.
Apr 28 - 9:58 PM

Marreese Speights started in place of Blake Griffin (toe) on Sunday, finishing with five points on 2-of-8 shooting, four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

Griffin is done for the playoffs, which means L.A. will need more from Speights and Paul Pierce (scoreless with one rebound in 12 minutes). Speights was disappointing from a DFS standpoint tonight, which could depress his ownership rates when L.A. hosts the Jazz on Tuesday.
Apr 24 - 12:08 AM

Marreese Speights is starting on Sunday, as expected.

Earlier in the day Doc Rivers said Speights would "probably" start, so this merely confirms his status. Speights will need to play great to somewhat fill the hole left by Blake Griffin (toe), especially now that Rudy Gobert is back.
Apr 23 - 9:09 PM

Marreese Speights will "probably" start Game 4 vs. the Jazz on Sunday according to coach Doc Rivers.

Blake Griffin (toe) is out for the playoffs and Speights started the second half of Game 3, so he was the heavy favorite to start even before Doc's comments. Speights is a great per-minute producer and is certainly on the DFS radar, but the Clippers will likely play a lot of small ball which could keep his minutes around 20. In two starts during the regular season, Speights averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 treys in 21.5 minutes.
Apr 23 - 2:00 PM

Marreese Speights started the third quarter against the Jazz on Friday, scoring eight points with two rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

The Clippers went with a lot of small-ball lineups, so Speights actually didn't really benefit from the Blake Griffin injury. He's likely looking at minutes around 20 for Game 4, assuming BG can't suit up.
Apr 22 - 1:09 AM

Marreese Speights scored 11 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

Buckets can get some boards with his fourth double-double of the season. He actually had a dribble drive to the basket for a dunk, so that was cool (video in the link below). He's still not a fantasy option unless the Clippers rest their frontcourt.
Mar 25 - 7:13 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Elfrid Payton
2D.J. Augustin
3Shelvin Mack
SG1Terrence Ross
2Arron Afflalo
3Patricio Garino
4Marcus Georges-Hunt
SF1Evan Fournier
2Jonathon Simmons
3Mario Hezonja
PF1Aaron Gordon
2Jonathan Isaac
C1Nikola Vucevic
2Bismack Biyombo
3Marreese Speights