Bamba and the Magic agreed to terms Thursday on a two-year, $21 million contract, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. It appeared that Bamba would be seeking a new team for 2022-23 after the Magic didn't extend a qualifying offer to the big man prior to the league deadline, but the two sides seem to have reached an agreement after all, so Bamba will be back with the team that drafted him for his fifth NBA season. He averaged 10.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.7 steals in 25.7 minutes per game last season, and he could push Wendell Carter for Orlando's starting center job in 2022-23 if he has a good offseason.
Bamba did not receive a qualifying offer from the Magic and will become an unrestricted free agent July 1, Keith Smith of Spotrac.com reports. Orlando selected Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft and Wendell Carter is also on the roster, so it seemed likely the Magic would move on from Bamba as part of its rebuild. Now that the deadline has passed without the team tendering a qualifying offer to Bamba, it appears the seven-footer will be with a new team for the 2022-23 season. In 71 games last season, he averaged 10.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.7 steals in 25.7 minutes per contest.
Bamba notched 21 points (7-11 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist and two blocks over 28 minutes during Sunday's 125-111 win over the Heat. Bamba started in all but two of his 71 games this season and was impressive, as he delivered career-best numbers across the board. He averaged 10.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.2 assists and 0.5 steals per game this season.
Bamba (ankle) will start Sunday's game against the Heat, Dan Savage of the Magic's official site reports. Bamba was listed as questionable for the finale after playing just four minutes during Thursday's loss to the Hornets, but he'll be available for the regular-season finale. Over his last eight appearances, he's averaged 12.6 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks in 24.4 minutes per game.
Bamba (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Heat. Bamba practiced Saturday, which bodes well for his chances of playing in the finale. That said, if he's out, more minutes could be in store for Moritz Wagner and Robin Lopez.
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