Former Los Angeles Clippers big man Marreese Speights has signed a one-year minimum deal with the Orlando Magic according to international basketball writer David Pick.
Marreese Speights is on course to signing a deal with the Orlando Magic, according to source.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) July 23, 2017
Sleights, who will sign the $2.1M veteran’s minimum with Orlando, will help coming off the bench as during the 2016/17 season, Speights spent most of his time as a large role player, behind the likes of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. Whilst playing 15.7 minutes, Speights averaged around 8.7 points and 4.5 rebounds a game, he has also been a solid scorer throughout his career as he averaged 19.9 points per 36 minutes. For the first time in his career, Speights was scoring from beyond the arc as he made 1.3 threes a game.
After being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers back in 2008, Marreese has been with the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, in addition to the Clippers. The Floridan native will be 30 before the 2017/18 season starts as he gives veteran experience to Orlando’s rookies and young core.
Back in May, Speights, who was due a salary of $2,116,995 next season, opted out of his player option with L.A. and became a free agent.
The Clippers Mo Speights is opting out and will become a free agent.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 23, 2017
For Orlando, this signing becomes their third of the offseason after acquiring free agents Jonathon Simmons and Shelvin Mack. The Orlando front office have acquired all three signings for less than the Jeff Green $15M deal from last year, some stout business from new GM Jeff Weltman.