AUGUST 11: The Magic have officially announced that they’ve inked Brazdeikis to a two-way contract, per a press release (Twitter link).
The 6’6 lefty was originally drafted with the 47th pick by the Knicks during the 2019 draft, but failed to crack New York’s rotation before being traded in a three-team deal that sent George Hill to the Sixers and two second-round picks to the Knicks.
Despite his difficulty carving out a spot in either New York or Philadelphia, Brazdeikis has a versatile offensive game and a propensity for making big shots going back to his time at Michigan. The 22-year-old wing played eight games at the end of last season for the Magic after being waived by the Sixers, and averaged 11.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG and 2.0 APG while shooting 40.7% from three.
As per the rules on two-way contracts, Brazdeikis will be limited to a maximum of 50 games with Orlando, and will likely spend some time with the team’s G League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic. He should help shore up Orlando’s wing depth during his time in the NBA.
Brazdeikis is the first reported two-way signing for the Magic in 2021/22, so the team still has another slot to fill.