The NBA took over Twitter on Sunday.
When it came to the Orlando Magic, as always, there was a wide range of opinion regarding the moves they made in free agency.
Most wanted Nikola Vucevic back. Others didn’t. Some thought $100 million was a fair deal for an All-Star center. Others thought it was a waste of money and waste of a lottery pick that was used on Mo Bamba just a year prior.
Pretty much everyone wanted Terrence Ross back. Not much hate there, other than some questioning the length of the deals that the Magic handed out.
Magic Twitter and media types had plenty to say about the signing of Al-Farouq Aminu, who Orlando signed to join their stable of forwards instead of addressing their backcourt needs.
We tried to gather tweets that provide a sampling of each opinion, whether logical or not. As always, the tweets speak for themselves...
Orlando and Nikola Vucevic, as first reported Friday by @NYTSports, have reached agreement on a four-year deal worth an estimated $100 million, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 30, 2019
Let’s keep this thing going Orlando!!!— Nikola Vucevic (@NikolaVucevic) June 30, 2019
All of this, just to beat this pic.twitter.com/OkxEkyDy3K— Okeke, do you love me? (@PlayoffPenny) June 30, 2019
Here are some Top 10 categories to why 4-years, $100M for @OrlandoMagic All-Star C @NikolaVucevic make sense, starting with his Top 10 Defensive Rating in 2018/19 (while defense is what he’s been criticized for most over his career). #PureMagic pic.twitter.com/X7oUL1dtE7— David Baumann (@DavidBaumannORL) June 30, 2019
Easy choice, Vuc all day!— Jeff WeltGawd (@MagicMan816) July 1, 2019
Honor the player who's been with us since Day 1 of this rebuild!
Honor the player who chose to stay with us for a second time!
Honor the player who lead us to the playoffs, and our first All Star in forever!
Me: *tweets something nice about Nik Vucevic*— Jonathan J. (Redacted) (@Jontimus_Prime) June 29, 2019
Magic Twitter: “Vucevic isn’t good.”
Orlando Magic fans are the only fan base that gets mad that their team will re-sign their allstar player and worry about their third stringer’s minutes. ♂️— Jimmy Varas (@Jimmy_V32) June 30, 2019
My god who did the Magic bid against in this Center market???— Wingspan Whisperer (@FmrTankCommandr) June 30, 2019
We're paying Evan Fournier $17M a year and Nik Vucevic $25M a year. pic.twitter.com/g8sv8NKovI— Bud Lane (@bud22089) June 30, 2019
I'm here for an Orlando-Utah NBA Finals.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 30, 2019
THE ORLANDO MAGIC WILL WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP. https://t.co/E79se1FSF8— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) June 30, 2019
Nikola Vucevic averaged 11.2 PPG on 36% shooting in the 1st Round.— Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13) June 30, 2019
He’s getting $100M from a franchise that just drafted a player 6th overall at his same position.
If you draft Mo Bamba... not sure what’s happening in Orlando.
Nikola Vucevic averaged 11 points and 8 boards per game while shooting 36% from the field and just got $100M. Be tall kids. pic.twitter.com/BVtHd6KP9Q— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) June 30, 2019
If it makes a difference between you staying or going @TFlight31 - I’ll throw in my Tesla if you re-sign with the @OrlandoMagic. Gently used. 2016 Model S. Already has an Orlando Magic license plate on it ;) #NBAFreeAgency2019 #orlandomagic #favoriteplayerever #orlando pic.twitter.com/dCHprPQK1z— Fernando Varela (@fernandovarela) June 30, 2019
They said you can’t keep superteams together. https://t.co/8w5gHXcGbS— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) June 30, 2019
Terrence Ross (@TFlight31) reaction after re-signing with Orlando:— The Lando (@TheLando__) June 30, 2019
“What it do BABY.. everybody switched up, except for me and Vooch we stayed true you know the deal.. we are back in The O forever.” pic.twitter.com/oKyqo2rjEh
The signings of Nikola Vucevic, Terrence Ross and Al-Farouq Aminu now has Orlando with a projected $131.97M in salary, $485K below the luxury tax. The salary includes the $1.8M cap hold of restricted free agent Khem Birch. Aminu was signed with the... https://t.co/NcepRITHP3— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) June 30, 2019
Remember when the Magic were who the NBA pointed to us to model our rebuild after? They're commiting about 140 million to Terrance Ross and Vucevic, and they lost Oladipo and Tobias. This is why you don't scramble to be an 8th seed. This is why Hinkie died for us.— Sixers Nation (@PHLSixersNation) June 30, 2019
So the Magic are basically done with free agency less than 30 minutes in. It's minimum deals and trades from here on out.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 30, 2019
This tweet can be interpreted in two different ways and both would be correct https://t.co/IRRmvN6EqM— Magic Man Brandon (@MagicManBrandon) July 1, 2019
Today was a good day— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) June 30, 2019
What's the point of being an Orlando Magic or Charlotte Hornets fan. Just seems miserable.— Cian (@Cianaf) June 30, 2019
Aminu brings defense, improved 3-point shooting, big wingspan, and he turns 29 when training camp begins. pic.twitter.com/A89KE5dMjF— Adam Papageorgiou (Pau goaltended C-Lee in ‘09) (@PapageorgiouMBO) June 30, 2019
Guilty!— Jeff WeltGawd (@MagicMan816) July 1, 2019
Check out Al-Farouq Aminu in Action!
He's basically Dunks, Blocks Shots (Blocked the shit out of LeBron in the video) and hits threes.....can't ask for more than that for less than 30 mil! https://t.co/Mpb1ABJQgz pic.twitter.com/eSYybdm7Ek
The Orlando Magic are trading Aaron Gordon, aren't they?— Lifelong Orlando Magic Fan (@SnottieDrippen) June 30, 2019
A lot of this hinges on Fultz. That is what the big take away is. If the Magic did not think he could return to form, I think they would have invested in a guard. They also clearly believe Okeke can play the 3. Really excited about what our bench can look like now.— MagicalNBA (@MagicalNBA) July 1, 2019
Why TF did Orlando sign Aminu & bring back Ross & Vucevic?— Vinay Killawala (@vkillem) June 30, 2019
You now have like 6-7 guys fighting for minutes in 2 positions.
I think the franchise's decision-makers top to bottom, including Steve Clifford, want competition for minutes and do not want to gift minutes when those minutes are not earned. https://t.co/XwdWg2LxQ8— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) July 1, 2019
The Orlando Magic already had Aaron Gordon, Jon Isaac, Mo Bamba, and Nikola Vucevic on the roster.— Walker Carey (@walkerRcarey) July 1, 2019
They then drafted Chuma Okeke and gave $29 million to Al-Farouq Aminu.
Team - and depth - building is difficult, but it is even harder when you try to sabotage it from the inside.
The Orlando #Magic have signed their star center Nikola Vucevic to four-years, $100 million dollars, Terrence Ross to four-years, $54 million dollars & Al-Farouq Aminu to three-years, $29 million dollars. Do they just plan on not addressing their backcourt though? #NBAFreeAgency— NBA Nerd (@Nerdy_NBAGuy) July 1, 2019
Are the magic trolling me right now with this aminu signing?— Matt Burtch (@matt_burtch) June 30, 2019
Has anyone told the Orlando Magic they don’t *have* to spend all their money on power forwards?— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) June 30, 2019
I don’t get how people don’t understand Orlando’s rotations at forward and center.— The Lando (@TheLando__) July 1, 2019
If there was a question it was the fit of Isaac and Gordon together, and if you watched last season then you know it worked.
Michael Carter-Williams Instagram post from an hour ago... pic.twitter.com/0p6ILLsV2C— Orlando Pinstriped Post (@OPPMagicBlog) July 1, 2019
The Magic have finally addressed their backcourt. Welcome back, MCW https://t.co/Ctan1frUYd— Orlando Pinstriped Post (@OPPMagicBlog) July 1, 2019
NBA teams trying to figure out how their gonna make it past Michael Carter-Williams and the Orlando Magic— Michael Carter-Williams Official Fan Page (@MichaelCarterW3) July 1, 2019
So playing devils advocate here...— Pure Magic 4️⃣0️⃣7️⃣ (@PureMagic407) June 30, 2019
What would your reaction have been if the #Magic did not resign Vucevic and go on to win 27 games next season and miss the playoffs? Honestly?
Would you have been happy with the team taking a step back? I wouldn’t. #PureMagic pic.twitter.com/G3CLEdDcKh
I hate that the Magic operate like Orlando isn't a free agent destination. Horace Grant signed there. Prime Grant Hill and McGrady signed there. Tim Duncan would have signed there if Doc Rivers would have allowed spouses on the team plane.— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) June 30, 2019
GIVE ME SOME FUCKING GUARDS PLEASE I CAN’T COACH 18 BIGS EVERY NIGHT @OrlandoMagic— Coach Steve Clifford (@cliffordburner) June 30, 2019
To me, biggest surprise is Magic prioritizing forward depth over point depth. Even accounting for Fultz’s potential return and Augustin’s steady presence, they need help there.— Evan Dunlap (@BQRMagic) June 30, 2019
I’m truly convinced that Markelle has made huge strides.— Orlando Magic Zone✨ (@OMagicZone) June 30, 2019
We had a chance to take a guard in the draft, we take Okeke.
We had a chance at players like Rubio, Brogdon, Rose, we take Aminu.
Maybe our FO has a ton of confidence that Markelle will be back to his #1 overall form ♂️
Ok Magic fans, fill in the blank:— Nick Gryniewicz (@ESPN580Nick) June 30, 2019
- Nik Vucevic - 4yr/$100M
- Terrence Ross - 4yr/$54M
- Al-Farouq Aminu - 3yr/$29M
The Orlando Magic’s free agency moves are __________. pic.twitter.com/kCByZC3rTP
Magic now have picked up two top-10 free agents by PIPM predicted wins - which is more top-10 FAs than the Nets in terms of on-court value this coming season.— Nathan Walker (@bbstats) June 30, 2019
the Magic got Fultz, MCW, Frazier, Isaac, Iwundu, Okeke, Aminu, Gordon, Bamba and maybe Birch— JPesquera (@Pesquerj) June 30, 2019
At one point it's too much Hammond, like recognise your sickness
I’m going to sleep...when I wake up Kawhi Leonard better be signed to the Orlando Magic— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) July 1, 2019
The Magic are preparing to offer Kawhi Leonard a max contract to surround their infamous backcourt duo of Markelle Fultz and Michael-Carter Williams with a defensive system player, per @wojespn and @KDTrey5 pic.twitter.com/3QHuNyhodd— beff (@beff75403016) June 29, 2019
DJ/Fultz/MCW— PelicansVagberg (@MagicVagberg) July 1, 2019
Looks like the Magic are done already.