Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

The Magic have signed Adreian Payne to a two-way contract.

Payne will be there for training camp, but he'll spend most of the 2017-18 season in the G-League.
Aug 21 - 5:57 PM

The Magic have signed PG Troy Caupain.

An undrafted point guard out of Cincinnati, Caupain averaged 10.5 points with 4.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists during his senior season. The Magic do have an open roster spot, but this is likely a partially-guaranteed deal and he's far from a lock to make the opening night roster.
Source: Real GM
Aug 21 - 10:19 AM

Adreian Payne is close to an agreement with the Magic.

He declined a $900K offer to play in China, so he looks like he'll try to get on an NBA roster at camp. Orlando is a good choice for Payne with only three centers ahead of him, but he probably wouldn't get minutes unless there are several injuries.
Aug 18 - 6:27 PM

Mario Hezonja suggested that he couldn't play for Croatia in the EuroBasket tournament due to a tendon injury.

It's unclear which tendon is bothering Hezonja, but it sounds like a pre-existing injury. "For a long time I [had] a problem with the tendon," he said, according to a Google translation of a story from Sportske Novosti. "During the season it was already a problem. I thought it would pass, but it would not. That is why today [I am] in Los Angeles, where I can devote myself to preparations alone." Barring a pessimistic update, we'll assume Hezonja will be ready to go for training camp.
Source: Sportske
Aug 16 - 10:19 PM

The Magic have waived G Patricio Garino.

Garino was a late-season addition to Orlando's roster last year, but he only managed to get on the court for a total of five games, and didn't do much while he was out there. Maybe he'll be able to snag a training camp deal with another club, but he won't be a factor in fantasy hoops in any scenario.
Aug 1 - 4:40 PM

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

Khem Birch has signed a deal with the Magic.

The terms of the contract are not known yet, but it's likely a training camp deal or a two-way contract. The 25-year-old big man has no NBA experience and spent last season in Greece with Olympiacos, averaging 7.3 points and 5.6 boards.
Jul 27 - 12:15 PM

Arron Afflalo has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Magic.

Afflalo actually had some of his best statistical seasons wearing an Orlando jersey, but don't expect him to replicate his success from his 2013-14 campaign during the 2017-18 season. Afflalo will likely serve in a sixth man-like role, backing up Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross, but his minutes will likely be in the 20s on most nights which won't be enough floor time for him to make a difference in most leagues. The arrival of Afflalo and Jonathon Simmons isn't great news for Mario Hezonja.

Wesley Iwundu signed a 3-year deal with the Magic worth $4.1 million.

The third year of the deal includes a team option. The 6'7" wing was the 33rd pick in the draft and is in a good spot with the Magic rebuilding, but he had a rough go at the Summer League with just 5.6 points per game on 30.3 percent shooting. He's not a fantasy target in most leagues.
Jul 24 - 9:58 PM

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

Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman said he believes Jonathon Simmons can reach a "whole other level" in Orlando.

"Jonathon’s such a good defender, he’s such an aggressive player that that kind of captures your attention," Weltman said. "But Jonathon gets to the rim. He’s a capable passer, and I think his shooting has shown improvement. So at this stage of his career, he’s still a young guy." Simmons said the opportunity for a larger role drove him to Orlando, and while the Magic already have Evan Fournier, Terrence Ross and Jonathan Isaac on the wings, Simmons' ability to play multiple positions will help him see plenty of minutes.
Jul 18 - 10:46 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


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