Two low-cost bigs are about to become unrestricted free agents, according to Yahoo! Sports.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Charlotte Hornets will not extend a qualifying offer to Bismack Biyombo, making him unrestricted. Marc Spears, Wojnarowski's Yahoo! colleague, reports the New York Knicks will do the same with Quincy Acy. Further, says Spears, the Orlando Magic are among several teams to express an interest in Acy. As Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders wrote in March, Orlando attempted to acquire Acy from the Knicks in 2014/15.
Orlando's need for depth at the power positions is well documented. While undrafted free-agent signee Dewayne Dedmon has shown some facility as a willing defender and shot-blocker, as has Kyle O'Quinn. But their top three bigs--Nikola Vucevic, Channing Frye, and Tobias Harris--do not protect the paint very well.
And that's just the skills part of the equation. Dedmon, O'Quinn, and Harris are not locks to return to the team in 2015/16. Dedmon has a non-guaranteed contract, while O'Quinn and Harris will be free agents themselves.
In short, the Magic need bodies at power forward and center. The likes of Acy and Biyombo fit the bill and could provide some depth off Orlando's bench.
Acy, 24, has played three seasons, the most recent of which with New York. He averaged 5.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and one assist per game in 18.9 minutes, while shooting 45.9 percent from the floor.
Biyombo, 22, is a four-year NBA veteran. He's spent his entire career with the Charlotte franchise, which made him the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. In 19.4 minutes per game last season, Biyombo shot 54.3 percent from the floor on his way to averaging 4.8 points, 6.4rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.
Acy and Biyombo are but two of the free-agent options for the Magic, but they are two who merit some attention, especially because of their unrestricted status.
The NBA's free-agent period opens Wednesday at 12:01 AM Eastern.