James Ennis Declining Option, Will Become Free Agent

Magic swingman James Ennis will turn down his player option for the 2020/21 season and become a free agent, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).

Ennis’ option was worth the veteran’s minimum ($2.13MM), so there’s little risk in declining it in search of a more favorable deal. If he ends up on another minimum deal, it’d be worth about $2.03MM, so his pay cut would be minimal.

Ennis, who re-signed with the 76ers as a free agent last summer, averaged 5.8 PPG and 3.1 RPG in 49 games (15.8 MPG) as part of Philadelphia’s rotation. However, when they went out and acquired Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III at the trade deadline for depth purposes, the Sixers decided to move Ennis, sending him to Orlando for a second-round pick.

With the Magic, Ennis recorded 8.5 PPG and 4.8 RPG on .451/.286/.838 shooting in 20 games (24.5 MPG). He also started all five of Orlando’s playoff games.

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