Southeast Notes: Magic, McGruder, Wizards, Howard

Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman focused on versatile players who can play multiple positions in free agency, John Denton of the Magic’s website writes. Despite limited flexibility, the Magic struck quickly when the Spurs renounced their rights to Jonathon Simmons. Orlando also added center Marreese Speights, point guard Shelvin Mack and shooting guard Arron Afflalo to team-friendly deals, Denton continues. That improves the team’s depth and gives coach Frank Vogel a better chance to make in-game adjusments, Denton adds.

In other news around the Southeast Division:

  • The Heat are likely to retain shooting guard Rodney McGruder and forward Okaro White and give them guaranteed money, Ira Winderman of the Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Both players will receive $453K if they remain on the roster by the end of the business day on Tuesday.  They each have $1.3MM contracts for next season amount but the guarantees are equal to half of what each player would have received for the 2017/18 season under the previous NBA veteran-minimum scale, Winderman explains.
  • The Wizards are comfortable with their decision to retain small forward Otto Porter and exceed the luxury-tax apron, Chase Hughes of reports. Porter’s four-year, $106MM contract currently puts the team on course to pay $11.4MM in luxury tax but majority owner Ted Leonsis is willing to do that for a playoff team, as he told Hughes. “You have to be in the tax, but you’re keeping the team together,” he said. “That was a worthwhile thing to do.”
  • Dwight Howard‘s familiarity with Hornets coach Steve Clifford will help Howard focus on defense next season, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer opines. Clifford coached Howard with the Magic and Lakers and knows how to dole out constructive criticism to the enigmatic center, Bonnell explains.
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4 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Magic, McGruder, Wizards, Howard

  1. Connorsoxfan

    If someone signs a multi year league minimum contract does it just adjust to whatever the minimum is, or does it escalate? Or is it a case by case thing?

    • Sheldon Bowen

      It escalates. Like more years of service gives you a higher minimum, so it bases off how many years you have played. I may be wrong.

    • Luke Adams

      It increases to whatever the minimum salary is that season for that player (based on years of experience). The new CBA complicated cases like White’s and McGruder’s, since the minimum salaries for players increased significantly under the new CBA, so everyone on a minimum salary deal for 2017/18 got a pay bump to the new minimum.

      • Itrainsontuesday

        Exactly, but the guarantees the agreed to sign for stayed the same. Since they were written into the contract as a specific amount and not say 50% of their salary.

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