The dog days of the offseason are upon us! Rosters are set. Players are resting. Fans are growing weary. Weary of endless speculative posts revolving around the potential successes and heartbreaks of the season to come. Albeit few and far between, we luckily have one bit of happy news to report.
According to Josh Robbins at the Orlando Sentinel, old friend E’Twaun Moore has signed a two year contract with the Orlando Magic. Here’s Robbins:
The Orlando Magic have agreed to contract terms with free-agent combo guard E’Twaun Moore and will announce his signing in the near future, two league sources told the Orlando Sentinel.
Moore, who is 6 feet 4, appeared in 38 games for the Boston Celtics as a rookie last season, and he could compete with Ish Smith for the Magic’s backup point-guard job and provide depth at shooting guard behind Arron Afflalo and J.J. Redick.
“There’s an opportunity there in Orlando, and I think he wanted to seize the opportunity,” said Mark Bartelstein, who is Moore’s agent. “Both [Magic GM] Rob Hennigan and [Magic assistant GM] Matt Lloyd did a great job of recruiting him, making their pitch and explaining why it’ll be a great fit.”
Moore’s deal is expected to be for two seasons, with partial guarantees in place for both seasons.
After performing impressively in this year’s summer leagues, Moore was an unfortunate casualty in the Celtics’ acquisition of Courtney Lee. Moore may be going to a franchise that is in complete disarray, but that also means that he has an excellent opportunity to show what he can do against NBA competition when given rotation minutes.
The Magic continue their trend of signing former Celtics shooting guards after inking Von Wafer during last offseason. Moore’s time with the Magic should be decidedly more successful given his ability to run the point in a pinch and the fact that his real competition for minutes consists of Arron Afflalo and J.J. Redick. These players are sure to get some burn but I see Moore having a real opportunity to solidify himself as the third option behind those two.
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