Magic reportedly agree to re-sign guard Michael Carter-Williams on two-year deal

Roy Parry, Orlando Sentinel
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The Orlando Magic appear to have checked off another roster spot and once again it will be a familiar face to fans.

The Magic reportedly have reached an agreement with free agent guard Michael Carter-Williams, who spent last season as a key rotational piece in Orlando.

Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic first reported the deal Saturday morning. The contract reportedly is for two years with no options but the amount is not yet known.

The Magic’s drafting of point guard Cole Anthony and agreement to re-sign Carter-Williams signals a likely end to D.J. Augustin’s time in Orlando. Augustin is an unrestricted free agency after playing out the four-year contract he signed with the Magic in July of 2016.

The team also reportedly has a deal in place to re-sign forward James Ennis on a one-year deal. Orlando also is set to sign former FSU shooting guard Dwayne Bacon, who played his rookie season for Magic coach Steve Clifford in Charlotte, and has a qualifying offer out to restricted free agent Gary Clark. If Clark signs, the Magic will have filled their 15 roster spots.

Carter-Williams originally was signed to a 10-day contract in February 2019 because of a season-ending knee injury to Isaiah Briscoe and wound up finishing the season with Orlando. The Magic then signed Carter-Williams to a one-year deal for the 2019-20 campaign.

Carter-Williams averaged 7.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 18.5 minutes per game last season and delivered the same energy and effort he’s come to be known for. With Augustin holding the back-up point guard role behind Markelle Fultz, Carter-Williams played the off-guard position for much of the season. While he struggled with consistency from the perimeter, Carter-Williams was adept at scoring at the rim.

Defensively, the Magic deployed the 6-foot-6 Carter-Williams at times against opponent’s small forwards and wing players, adding to his value.

Carter-Williams shot 42.7% from the field and 29.3% from the 3-point line and was effective at getting to the rim. He put together a strong three-game stretch (17.7 ppg) before the season shut down in mid-March but failed to regain that level of play in the restart. He eventually sat out the team’s final 10 games (playoffs included) with a foot injury and missed 33 regular-season and postseason games due to injuries, which have hindered Carter-Williams for much of his career.

Still, Carter-Williams’ presence would give the Magic flexibility at point guard as Anthony works his way into the NBA game.

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. rparry@orlandosentinel.com

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