The Orlando Magic Bring In Veteran Presence To Mentor Young Squad.

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After a solid season with a promising young squad, the Orlando Magic, who finished 34-48, are looking to make slight improvements to the roster. Anthony Black and Jett Howard both signed multi-year contracts with the team and look forward to making their rookie debuts this upcoming NBA season. Black had an extremely impressive freshman season at Arkansas, as the 6’7 guard averaged 12.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.9 apg, 2.1 spg, and 0.6 bpg. Howard, the 6’8 son of former NBA player and current head coach at Michigan Juwan Howard, averaged 14.2 ppg, 2.8 rpb, 2.0 apg, 0.4 spg, and 0.7 bpg while shooting 41.4% from the field and 36.8% from behind the arc. Both rookies are talented players who will add size, depth, and scoring to the young magic squad. 

As for re-signings, the Magic have currently only re-signed Moritz Wagner on a 2-year $16 million contract. During the 2022-2023 NBA season the 6’11 center averaged 10.5 ppg, 4.5 rpb, 1.5 apg, 0.6 spg, and 0.2 bpg while shooting an impressive 50% from the field and 31.3% from three. In addition to this re-signing, the Magic brought in a new face with the signing of veteran Joe Ingles to a 2-year $22 million contract. During the regular season Ingels averaged 6.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.7 spg, and 0.1 bpg shooting 43.5% from the field and 40.9% from three. This signing served as a means of bringing a veteran presence to the locker room that is capable of mentoring the young squad towards future success. 

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