Speights agreed to a contract Monday with the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association, freelance reporter David Pick reports. Since Speights signed a one-year deal with Orlando last summer, he won't officially become a free agent until July, when his contract with the CBA club should become official. After struggling to find playing time and seeing his efficiency decline with a rebuilding Magic club in 2017-18, Speights was unlikely to garner much more than another one-year contract with minimal guaranteed money from NBA teams. His deal with Guangzhou likely contains more favorable terms, and should afford him the opportunity to potentially return to the NBA once the CBA season concludes at some point between February and May, depending on if or how deep Guangzhou advances in the playoffs.
Speights averaged 7.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists across 52 games played with the Magic in 2017-18. Still only 29 years old, Speights found himself buried on the Magic's depth chart late in the year as the Magic went more with its youth. The Florida product still has some good years left and will be a free agent once the NBA season officially concludes.
Speights scored 14 points (6-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT) to go along with three rebounds, three assists and one steal across 25 minutes during Friday's 137-100 loss to the Hornets. Speights made his first appearance in seven games as Nikola Vucevic was held out for rest, finishing second on the team in scoring as he tied for the lead in shot attempts. The big man seems like an afterthought whenever all his teammates are healthy, so his role seems likely to shrivel up once again if Vucevic returns to the lineup for Sunday's match against Toronto.
Speights had six points (2-6 FG, 2-5 3Pt), four rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 15 minutes during Tuesday's 108-72 loss to the Spurs. Speights, who has basically been out of the rotation the last three weeks, managed to see some action with the Magic pummeled by the Spurs. Speights is able to put up some stats in limited minutes but he just isn't a part of the future for the young organization. He can be left on the waivers in all leagues.
Speights is has been ruled out for the next two games while he attends a personal matter, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports. Speights will not travel with the team to Philadelphia on Saturday or Oklahoma City on Monday, so he will likely re-join the team when they return home next Wednesday. Speights did not see any playing time in Thursday's game against the Magic, so his absence shouldn't have much of an immediate impact on the team's rotation, especially with both Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon back in the lineup.
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