The Orlando Magic have already locked up Evan Fournier on a five-year, $85 million contract extension to avoid him going through the rigmarole of restricted free agency. They also committed four years and $29 million to D.J. Augustin to be the backup point guard to Elfrid Payton. Now they've reportedly added another piece to this offseason in an extremely active day by agreeing to terms with free agent forward Jeff Green.
Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today is reporting Green and the Magic have agreed on a one-year deal that will pay the former Los Angeles Clippers forward $15 million.
Jeff Green has reached a one-year, $15M deal with the Orlando Magic, I've been told.— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) July 1, 2016
There are odd ramifications for two different teams with this deal. For the Clippers, they sent Lance Stephenson (not valuable anymore) and a future first-round pick to the Grizzlies at the trade deadline to get a couple months of Jeff Green. Then they don't re-sign him and let him walk for nothing. This is another prime example of Doc Rivers failing to maximize the value of the draft, when you factor in how he's dealt with trading picks, not benefiting from guys he has drafted (C.J. Wilcox, Reggie Bullock), and then using mediocre rentals in exchange of worrying about a future draft.
For the Magic, the money isn't an issue; it's the way they've acted in this situation they created. Essentially, the Magic moved Tobias Harris this past season for Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings in order to create cap space and flexibility. This allows them to re-sign Fournier. They moved Ilyasova in the trade for Serge Ibaka, which sounds like great value until you realize they also gave up Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo as well. Now they've used that money cleared in the Harris trade to sign Green?
Is Harris, Oladipo, Ilyasova, and Sabonis in exchange for Ibaka and Green a defensible trade? And not to mention, they're letting Andrew Nicholson go, who could end up being better in that role than Green is. The Magic are having an aggressive offseason, but I'm not sure it's a productive one.