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Magic unlikely to extend Evan Fournier, per report

The Magic and their fourth-year swing man won't be able to agree to a deal before tonight's deadline

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According to a report from Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears, the Orlando Magic and swing man Evan Fournier are not expected to reach an agreement on a contract extension. The deadline to extend players from the 2012 draft is midnight tonight.

Without a deal in play, the fourth-year man will enter restricted free agency next summer, giving the Magic the choice to match any offer Fournier may sign.

Not extending Fournier does make some sense for the Magic. They're still in a position where they need to see what players can bring to the team, and with the addition of Mario Hezonja in June's draft, Fournier could be the odd man out in the long-run.

Fournier, whom the team acquired during last years draft in a trade with the Denver Nuggets, put together a strong first season with the team, before missing much of the second half with a hip injury. The streaky shooting Fournier has gotten the start in the teams first three games this season, and appears to be turning it around after a poor preseason.

During media day, Fournier said it would "be awesome" to get an extension prior to the deadline. The Frenchman did mention he knew it wasn't in his hands, and, at the time, his focus was on getting healthy.