D.J. Augustin is getting a lucrative multi-year deal and a chance to win a ring.
It’s bittersweet to see Augustin leave Orlando after four years with the Magic, but he reportedly has found an ideal landing spot.
The 12-year veteran will finish out his career competing for a championship (assuming Giannis re-signs) with a Bucks team that defeated the Magic in the first round of the playoffs this season.
After the season ended, our Aaron Goldstone asked Augustin about his impending free agency:
“It’s going to be a waiting game,” Augustin said. “At the end of the day, I love Orlando. I hope I can finish my career here, but sometimes that kind of stuff is not up to the players. We feel like it’s home. I love the fans, I love the city. I’ve been here four years, [Orlando] feels like home to me. So, hopefully, I can possibly finish my career here.”
It became apparent that wouldn’t be the case when the Magic drafted point guard Cole Anthony, and then re-signed Michael Carter-Williams. While Augustin better suits some of the Magic needs than MCW, he wasn’t within the team’s budget as they inch closer to the luxury tax threshold.
Augustin, who signed with the Magic as a free agent in 2016, played in 291 regular season games with Orlando, averaging 10.1 points and 4.1 assists. He showed nothing but class and leadership during his time here, particularly early last season when the Magic gave his starting role to Markelle Fultz, relegating Augustin to a backup role. Still, he averaged 10.5 points and 4.6 assists in 24.9 minutes per game.
No moment from Augustin’s Orlando tenure will be better remembered than his game-winning three against the Raptors in Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Playoffs, which sent Magic Twitter into a frenzy...
Thank you, D.J.