Bacon had joined Orlando on a two-year minimum deal during the 2020 offseason, but his $1,824,003 salary for the 2021/22 season was not yet guaranteed, so Orlando won’t carry any dead money as a result of the move.
The 6’6″ Bacon played in every single game for the Magic during the truncated 72-game 2020/21 NBA season, including 50 starts. He averaged 10.9 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG and 0.6 SPG across 25.7 MPG, with a shooting line of .402/.285/.824.
The 25-year-old was selected with the No. 40 pick in the 2017 draft out of FSU, and had spent his prior three seasons in the league with the Hornets, also moonlighting with Charlotte’s NBA G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm, during that time.
Bacon’s proven reliability during a compressed season and his positional fluidity could make him an appealing player for a playoff club looking to take a minimum-salary or partially-guaranteed contract flyer on a young wing with remaining upside.