Birch signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Magic on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Birch was a restricted free agent after receiving a qualifying offer from the Magic, and he'll now stick with Orlando for the next couple seasons. The 26-year-old averaged 4.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.6 blocks over 12.9 minutes in 50 games last season.
Birch was extended a qualifying offer from the Magic, making him a restricted free agent.
As a sophomore last season, Birch averaged 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds across 12.9 minutes in 50 appearances. It seems unlikely he'll receive a lucrative offer from many other teams.
Birch finished with nine points (4-5 FG, 1-1 FT), 11 rebounds, four blocks and three assists over 30 minutes in the Magic's loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Birch got a ton of play time in Tuesday's loss as the Magic were run out of the gym pretty early in the game. With Nikola Vucevic struggling, Birch stepped up and nearly had a double-double while swatting four shots and handing out three assists.
Birch will get the start Wednesday against the Hornets, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Birch will start in place of Nikola Vucevic, who's out with a stomach virus. In 49 games this season, Birch's averaging 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 12.7 minutes.
Birch compiled 10 points (5-7 FG), four rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 16 minutes during Saturday's 121-116 win over the Pacers.
Birch saw the lowest minute total among the nine Magic players who took the court in this one. Nevertheless, he was one of eight guys who reached double figures in scoring in a well-balanced offensive attack. Moreover, Birch was a factor defensively as well, as this was the first time he logged at least two steals and two blocks in the same tilt.
Birch finished Thursday's game against the Cavaliers with 13 points (6-8 FG, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, an assist and two steals over 18 minutes.
Birch notched his first double-double of the season and scored a season-high 13 points in a blowout victory in favor of the Magic. While he did see a notable uptick in minutes and production, this was likely caused by Orlando's large lead in the fourth quarter. Birch is averaging a mere 4.0 points and 3.5 rebounds through 37 games this season.
Birch contributed eight points (3-3 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 13 minutes during Sunday's 105-97 loss to the Grizzlies.
Birch enjoyed a perfect shooting night while earning double-digit minutes for the 16th straight outing. This is the fourth time through 36 appearances that Birch has finished with eight points (his season high), but he's only viable in the deepest leagues.
Birch (eye) isn't listed on the Magic's injury report ahead of Thursday's game against the Hornets.
Birch required attention in the locker room during Tuesday's 118-88 win over the Pelicans after being poked in the eye. He still ended up playing a relatively normal total of 17 minutes, finishing with six points (3-5 FG), five rebounds, two assists and one block. With Birch reporting no impaired vision two days later, he should be ready to fill his usual role as the top backup to Nikola Vucevic in the Magic's final game before the All-Star break.
Birch went to the locker room during Tuesday's game against the Pelicans as a result of being poked in the eye, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Birch should be considered questionable to return. If he doesn't come back, he could be listed on the injury report ahead of Thursday's matchup against Charlotte.
Birch tallied eight points (3-5 FG, 2-3 FT), five rebounds and one steal in 14 minutes off the bench Tuesday in the Magic's 132-122 loss to the Thunder.
Out of the rotation for the Magic's final eight games of January, Birch was featured on the second unit for the second straight contest with Mohamed Bamba (lower leg) unavailable. The Magic are viewing Bamba as out indefinitely and fear he could be sidelined for the rest of the season, so Birch should have some lasting value in deeper leagues. With career averages of 11.1 points (on 53.5 percent shooting from the field), 10.9 boards and 1.5 blocks per 36 minutes, Birch would have universal fantasy appeal if he were to earn significant playing time, but that's unlikely to happen unless starting center Nikola Vucevic is moved prior to Thursday's trade deadline.
Birch played 13 minutes Sunday in the Magic's 116-109 win over the Rockets, finishing with seven points (3-4 FG, 1-1 FT), three boards and two assists.
After earning double-digit minutes in just three of the Magic's first 39 contests, Birch has now cleared that benchmark in four straight games. The last three games have come with Mohamed Bamba (foot) sitting out, so Birch is expected to be cast out of the rotation once the rookie big man is ready to play again. Birch has at least been productive on a per-minute basis as the second-unit center during Bamba's absence, averaging 6.0 points, 5.7 boards and 2.0 blocks in only 16.0 minutes.
Birch (personal) is back with the team and is available to play Friday against Minnesota, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Missing Wednesday's game to attend the birth of his daughter, Birch is back and ready to play if called upon in the matchup Friday versus Minnesota.
Birch (personal) is out for Wednesday's game against the Bulls, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Birch left the team before Wednesday's game to be with his wife, who went into labor. The second-year center, who's expected to come back later this week, is averaging 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game this year. Mohamed Bamba is in line for a boost in minutes until Birch returns, either Friday against the Timberwolves or Sunday against the Bulls.
Birch had four points (1-1 FG, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, and two blocks in four minutes during Friday's 112-90 loss to the Pacers.
Birch made his eighth appearance of the campaign, and his first since Nov. 23. He recorded his first blocks of the season and matched his season high in scoring. With that being said, Birch can be left on waiver wires across all formats.
Birch recorded 10 points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-6 FT), four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot across 20 minutes in Thursday's 75-70 Summer League playoff loss to the Magic.
Birch has been limited in Summer League play due to a lingering back injury, but the Magic elected to put him on the floor, mostly to allow Mo Bamba a rest day. Birch played in 42 games with the Magic last season, so one would think that he has an inside track to make the team, but it's expected that Bamba will start the season behind Nicola Vucevic, leaving Birch with the third unit in a best-case scenario. He will likely see some time at the four as well, but there isn't much wriggle room on the depth chart for Birch to have a significant fantasy impact.
Birch (back) will start during Thursday's summer league action against the Jazz, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Birch has been dealing with back soreness, but is feeling healthy enough to take the floor Thursday. Somewhat of a veteran by summer league standards, Birch saw 578 minutes with the Magic last season, averaging 4.2 points and 4.3 boards across 13.8 minutes per tilt.
Birch will sit out of Monday's summer league contest against the Suns with back tightness, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Birch sat out of Sunday's game with back tightness after tweaking his back on Friday. The injury doesn't seem to be anything serious, but the Magic likely won't be in any rush to get Birch back. More information should come out before the Magic's next game on Birch's status.
Birch will sit out Sunday's summer league matchup against the Grizzlies for rest purposes, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Birch had some strong stretches last season with the Magic as a reserve and ended up playing in 42 games as a rookie. Due to his experience, the Magic are going to give him the night off Sunday in what is likely an effort to get a better look at some of the more unproven talent on their summer league roster. The big man also played for Canada's national team recently, so it's also an effort to limit his workload this offseason. The Magic play again on Monday against the Suns, and there's a chance Birch is cleared for a return during that contest.
Birch scored 13 points (3-3 FG, 7-10 FT) to go with nine rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 101-92 win against Washington.
Birch finished the season with six straight games in double figures after only scoring twice in double digits before this stretch. The center finished his rookie season strong for Orlando, boosting his stock with the team heading into 2018-19. Moving forward, Birch will look to compete for minutes while backing up Nikola Vucevic at center next season. His last six games of the season were a good start, shooting 63.8 percent from the floor while averaging 11.3 points per game.
Birch had 10 points (3-4 FG, 4-6 FT), nine rebounds and two steals in 16 minutes during Monday's 102-86 loss to Milwaukee.
Birch scored in double-figures for the fifth consecutive game, falling just one rebound shy of another double-double. He is an intriguing prospect as we look to next season, clearly possessing some upside in scoring, rebounding and defensive stats. With only one game remaining for the season, there is a chance the Magic decide to rest some of their veterans making Birch an interesting streaming option.
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