The Magic expect backup center Adonal Foyle to do the unexpected by opting out of the last year of his deal, says Tim Povtak. Foyle, who played in all 82 of the Magic's regular-season games before falling out of the rotation in the playoffs, will leave $1.26 million in guaranteed money on the table.
In my postseason evaluation of Foyle, I wrote, "I suspect that [Marcin] Gortat will spell [Dwight] Howard for much of next season. And, as much as I appreciate Foyle's effort, it's probably for the best." When I wrote that post, I operated under the assumption that Foyle would return to the Magic, but fall to third on the depth chart at center. Well, it still applies. The Magic will have Gortat and a healthy Tony Battie to play center behind Howard, so I doubt we'll miss Foyle too much... if he leaves at all. Magic GM Otis Smith said that Foyle might still return to the team.
Verdict? Adonal seems like a nice guy and a great teammate, but the Magic need more athleticism and more offense than what Foyle offers. Later, dude.