The Orlando Magic are among a handful of teams to express interest in signing free-agent swingman Shabazz Muhammad, reports Marc Spears of ESPN.com.
Muhammad, 24, is an unrestricted free agent following the Minnesota Timberwolves’ decision to rescind their qualifying offer to him. Muhammad has spent his entire four-year career in Minny, where he posted 9.7 points and three rebounds per game in 18.5 minutes on 47.6 percent shooting.
Following the departure of Jodie Meeks, Orlando is in need of depth on the wing, as there’s precious little behind Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross. Muhammad is first and foremost a scorer, and while one can appreciate his foul-drawing ability—a dire area of need for the Magic—he would not dramatically improve their floor spacing. The UCLA product owns a career three-point accuracy mark of 32.3 percent.
However, if Muhammad could be had on a reasonable contract, he’d nonetheless shore up Orlando’s thin wing corps. And given his youth, he could grow alongside the team’s foundational core of Fournier, Ross, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Nikola Vucevic, and the rookie Jonathan Isaac.
To date, the Magic’s only free-agent addition is the veteran point guard Shelvin Mack.