One two-way contract down, one to go.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Magic have signed playmaking point guard Josh Magette to a two-way deal.
Sources: The playmaking guard who recently had a strong showing with the Spurs’ Summer League squad will sign a two-way contract with the Magic. https://t.co/PszUeekPoU— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 18, 2019
The 29-year-old played with the Spurs in Summer League this year, averaging 6.8 points, 4.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game. The 6-1 Magette, as has seemingly been his weakness throughout his basketball career, shot just 36 percent from the field.
Since going undrafted in 2012, Magette has mostly split his time in the G League and overseas. Per Basketball Reference, Magette led the league in total assists in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. During the 2017-2018 season as a two-way player for the Atlanta Hawks affiliate, Magette averaged a personal-best 10.2 assists per game. That earned him a call-up to the NBA with the Hawks, where in 18 games he averaged 2.6 points and 3.2 assists in 12 minutes per game while shooting 32.6 percent from the field (36.4 percent from three).
The Orlando Magic have signed guard Josh Magette on a two-way contract.— Orlando Magic Zone✨ (@OMagicZone) July 18, 2019
Check out his top plays of the 2017-18 season here: pic.twitter.com/2BykbVrCtX
Given the uncertainty surrounding Markelle Fultz, Magette could serve as an emergency third string point guard for the Magic when needed. But already with one back-up point guard who struggles with his shot, it seems a little odd that they would use one of their two-way contracts on another. In 181 games in the G League, Magette has shot just 39.9 percent from the field and 34 percent from three. And at nearly 30 years old, he is what he is at this point.
His court vision and ability to find the open man through traffic, however, could be useful should he get playing time with Orlando. Peachtree Hoops wrote up a solid scouting report on Magette with some clips during the 2017 season that is worth your time.
As for the Magic’s second two-way contract, it seems inevitable (I hope) that it will be going to DaQuan Jeffries, who averaged 13.2 points per for the Magic in Summer League.
Your thoughts on Magette and Jeffries?