A second-round in “O-town” it is.
The Orlando Magic and veteran guard E’Twaun Moore have agreed upon a one-year deal, bringing the number of guaranteed contracts on Orlando’s roster to fifteen. The news broke late Wednesday afternoon via ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Free agent guard E’Twaun Moore has agreed to a one-year, $2.6M deal with the Orlando Magic, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 8, 2021
Moore has participated in 598 contests over his ten-year NBA career. 154 of those games came as a member of the Orlando Magic (2012-14), when he averaged 7.1 points per game in 20.7 minutes per contest (24 total starts).
The former Purdue Boilermaker has come off the bench for the majority of his NBA career, outside of a few seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans (144 starts from 2016-20). He’s averaged 7.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists during his stints with five different organizations (Boston, Orlando, Chicago, New Orleans, Phoenix).
The Chicago-native is a career 38.8 percent shooter from beyond the arc. Moore has connected on over 40% of his three-point attempts in a single-season on three separate occasions (2015-16, 2017-18, 2018-19).
The former 55th overall pick from the 2011 NBA Draft has carved out a fruitful and lengthy career for himself through steady shooting prowess, solid defensive awareness, and veteran leadership/presence.
And that’s presumably why Moore was appealing to the Magic organization. Orlando is likely to have one of the youngest (if not the youngest) rosters in the league this upcoming season, so another veteran now added to the Magic locker room makes a lot of sense.
It remains to be seen how much we will see Moore on the floor in 2021, with young guards such as Jalen Suggs, Cole Anthony, and R.J. Hampton already in the fold.
But Moore is a solid addition to the roster nonetheless, especially considering veteran guard Michael Carter-Williams just underwent left ankle surgery in late August, and starting point guard Markelle Fultz is still working his way back from an ACL injury.
Terms of the deal have not officially been disclosed by the organization, but Wojnarowski reports that the one-year deal Moore and the Magic agreed to is for $2.6 million (veteran minimum).