The Orlando Magic on Sunday exercised their team options on Evan Fournier, Maurice Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, and Victor Oladipo. The expected move keeps those four members of Orlando's core under is control through the 2015/16 NBA season.
All told, guaranteeing those four salaries will cost the Magic almost $12.8 million, according to ShamSports' database. At such a bargain price, exercising those options was an easy call for Orlando to make; the difficulty will come when it has to decide how to value Fournier, Harkless, and Nicholson when they become restricted free agents in the summer of 2016. Oladipo won't hit free agency until one year later.
Fournier is entering his first season with the Magic after spending two seasons as a member of the Denver Nuggets. The Frenchman owns career averages of 7.4 points and 2.1 rebounds on 43.5 percent shooting.
Harkless arrived in Orlando as a rookie via trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. He's made 100 starts in 156 total appearances, posting per-game averages of 7.8 points, 3.8 boards, and 1.2 steals.
Nicholson stands as Orlando's longest-tenured player, joining the club as the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Following a disappointing sophomore campaign, he has career averages of 6.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game on 48.1 percent shooting.
The Magic made Oladipo the 2nd overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft. The Indiana product averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.6 steals in his first NBA campaign, finishing second in Rookie of the Year balloting.