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Magic Pick Up Options On Napier, Three Others

SUNDAY, 1:58pm: The team announced it has exercised the options on each of the players, Robbins tweets.

TUESDAY, 11:24am: Shabazz Napier‘s strong preseason performance has won over the Magic, who plan to pick up their $1,350,120 team option for 2016/17 on his rookie scale contract, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. The team is also planning to exercise its rookie scale options on Aaron Gordon, Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton, according to Robbins, but unlike those three, the team wasn’t quite convinced about the option for Napier heading into camp, Robbins indicates.

The deadline for all four options is Monday, November 2nd, and Orlando is expected to make the moves official soon after its last preseason game on Friday, Robbins writes. The options add up to precisely $14.868MM, lifting the Magic’s payroll for 2016/17 to more than $60.5MM against a projected $89MM cap.

Napier, 24, is fifth on the team in preseason points per game, with 10.2, and is putting up that number in just 17.0 minutes per contest. The point guard whom the Magic acquired for virtually nothing in a trade with the Heat this summer has posted 2.2 assists and 1.2 turnovers per game in his five preseason appearances. That’s slightly better than the 2.2-to-1.6 assists-to-turnover ratio he put up in his rookie season with Miami last year, and he’s scoring at about double the rate he did with the Heat.

The 2014 Final Four Most Outstanding Player went 24th overall in the 2014 draft on the same night the Magic came away with Gordon and Payton, who were top-10 picks. Payton finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting while injury limited Gordon’s impact. Oladipo was the second pick in the 2013 draft and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in 2014.

I regarded the option pickup for Napier as generally likely, while the same move for Gordon, Payton and Oladipo seemed highly likely. The options for Napier, Gordon and Payton are for the third seasons of their respective rookie scale contracts, which cover four years. The option for Oladipo is for his fourth season, and he’ll be eligible for a rookie scale extension next summer.

Do you agree with the Magic’s plan to pick up Napier’s option? Leave a comment to let us know.

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12 thoughts on “Magic Pick Up Options On Napier, Three Others

  1. danray13

    Good moves

  2. Evens

    Well done!

  3. aarongill

    Napier is underrated

    • Freddieh

      Great move very underrated.

  4. Charlie Adams

    The three lottery picks were obviously going to be picked up, but Napier really played his way into a spot on the team next season. Pretty low risk move for the Magic.

  5. Rafael

    Love the move. He is a very underrated player and I’m excited for his potential. Happy he’s on the Magic now

  6. Dr. B

    As a Heat fan for over 20 years. I will be looking forward to traveling up the turnpike to see Napier this year. I am expecting great things from Napier. Great move Orlando. I will. however. still be at most of the Heat’s home games.

    • John

      Keep us posted on your plans, we’re all very interested

  7. Samuel palacio

    Napier is good gard I like what the magic is doing

  8. Frank

    I like Napier and it’s a cheap move so both thumbs up. Now why in the hell are we paying/doing with Watson? Seems like he’ll just get in the way of growth. No complaints though, couldn’t of known Napier would work out so robs just covering his bases at somewhat bargain prices. Just hope skiles leaves him on the bench.

  9. Larry

    The Magic are going to be one of the top teams in the east within the next couple of years.

  10. Arthur Hill

    I don’t believe that extension would have happened for Napier in Miami. The trade was very good for his career.

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