Hoops Rumors is breaking down the 2017 offseason for all 30 NBA teams, revisiting the summer’s free agent signings, trades, draft picks, departures, and more. We’ll evaluate each team’s moves from the last several months and look ahead to what the 2017/18 season holds for all 30 franchises. Today, we’re focusing on the Orlando Magic.
- Jonathon Simmons: Three years, $18MM. Third year partially guaranteed ($1MM).
- Shelvin Mack: Two years, $12MM. Second year non-guaranteed.
- Arron Afflalo: One year, minimum salary.
- Marreese Speights: One year, minimum salary.
- Adreian Payne: Two-way contract. One year.
- Khem Birch: Two years, minimum salary. $25K guaranteed.
- Troy Caupain: One year, minimum salary. Exhibits nine and 10.
- Kalin Lucas: One year, minimum salary. Exhibits nine and 10.
- Damjan Rudez: One year, minimum salary. Exhibits nine and 10.
- Rodney Purvis: Reported agreement not yet finalized.
- Acquired a 2020 first-round pick (Thunder; top-20 protected) and a 2020 second-round pick (less favorable of Knicks’ and Nets’ picks) from the Sixers in exchange for the draft rights to Anzejs Pasecniks (No. 25 pick).
- Acquired a 2019 second-round pick (Nets) from the Grizzlies in exchange for the draft rights to Ivan Rabb (No. 35 pick).
- 1-6: Jonathan Isaac — Signed to rookie contract.
- 2-33: Wesley Iwundu — Signed to three-year, $4.047MM contract. Third-year team option.
- Patricio Garino (waived)
- Marcus Georges-Hunt (waived)
- Jeff Green
- Jodie Meeks
- C.J. Watson (waived)
- Stephen Zimmerman (waived)
Other offseason news:
- Fired general manager Rob Hennigan.
- Hired Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations; sent 2018 second-round pick to Raptors as compensation.
- Hired John Hammond as general manager.
- Hired Randy Wittman as coaching consultant.
- Will have new G League affiliate (Lakeland Magic).
Salary cap situation:
- Essentially capped out (carrying approximately $98MM in guaranteed salary), but full room exception ($4.328MM) still available.
Check out the Orlando Magic’s full roster and depth chart at RosterResource.com.
Story of the summer:
No NBA teams replaced head coaches this offseason, but Orlando was one of several clubs to make changes to its basketball operations department. The Magic had been patient with general manager Rob Hennigan, watching as he made incremental improvements over the course of his first four years with the franchise, increasing the club’s win total from 20 to 23 to 25 to 35. After a series of major moves failed to pan out, however, the Magic slipped back to 29-53 in 2016/17.
With no playoff berths or star players to show for five years of work in Orlando – and an embarrassing dry-erase board incident fresh in everyone’s mind – Hennigan was a goner. To replace him, the Magic brought in Raptors executive Jeff Weltman to run the basketball operations department, and poached John Hammond from the Bucks to become their new GM.
In his fifth year, Hennigan clearly felt the pressure to make win-now moves, which resulted in overpays for players like Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo. The new management group won’t be under the same sort of pressure — this roster isn’t capable of legit contention in the short term, which means Weltman and Hammond can be patient and focus on longer-term moves.
Both of the Magic’s new executives showed a willingness in their old jobs to gamble on young, athletic prospects with high upside. So far in Orlando, they’ve exhibited that same tendency. Not all of those moves will pan out, but with the Magic still going through a rebuild, Weltman and Hammond will likely be happy to roll the dice on a few Bruno Caboclos if the process eventually leads them to a Giannis Antetokounmpo.