Let the Magic’s point guard search begin.
Shelvin Mack, as expected, was waived on Monday, saving the Magic $5 million of his $6 million salary. That leaves D.J. Augustin as the sole point guard on the roster and creates plenty of questions about who the Magic could target in free agency or via trade.
Magic are literally down to one PG on the roster, this is not a drill. Protect DJ Augustin at all costs— Orlando Pinstriped Post (@OPPMagicBlog) June 25, 2018
Mack, who signed a two-year deal for $12 million in the summer of 2017, averaged 6.9 points, 3.9 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game. His playing time increased following the trade of Elfrid Payton, which ultimately led to this unfortunate tweet....
Mack’s production simply didn’t warrant the cap hit for the financially strapped Magic, who are saddled by guaranteed contracts and Aaron Gordon’s cap hold, and will likely have nothing but exceptions to work with. Barring a trade involving Evan Fournier or Nikola Vucevic (everyone needs to stop bringing up the desire to unload Bismack Biyombo. We have no choice but to ride that contract out), the Magic will have to address their point guard needs in free agency.
So let’s take a look at the tiers of available free agent point guards....
Tier 1 - Max Deal Territory
Tier 2 - Too Pricey
Isaiah Thomas ; Rajon Rondo ; Fred VanVleet (restricted)
Tier 3 - Maybe Something Can Be Worked Out
Shabazz Napier (restricted) ; Tony Parker ; Dante Exum (restricted)
Tier 4 - Where the Magic Will Most Likely Be Shopping
Yogi Ferrell (restricted) ; Shane Larkin ; Tim Frazier ; Andrew Harrison ; Elfrid Payton (restricted)
Tier 5 - When calling them a “veteran” is a nice way of saying they’re old
Derrick Rose ; Raymond Felton ; Devin Harris ; Ty Lawson ; Jarrett Jack ; Michael-Carter Williams ; Ramon Sessions ; Aaron Brooks ; Jose Calderon ; Mario Chalmers ; Jameer Nelson
Potential Trade Targets - “Jeff Weltman on Line One...”
Lonzo Ball ; Eric Bledsoe ; Dennis Schroder ; D’Angelo Russell ; Kemba Walker ; John Wall
Is the Magic’s next point guard listed here? Are there other options out there?
Let’s get creative and talk this out below....