The Orlando Magic will add an eight-year veteran to its young group of point guards. In the beginning hours of official free-agency talks, the Magic agreed in principle to a four-year deal with unrestricted free agent D.J. Augustin, according to a report by ESPN. Per league rules, players are not permitted to sign contracts until July 7.
Augustin’s deal is reportedly worth $29 million over four years.
Here’s who the Magic have at the point guard position.
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Brandon Jennings, a trade acquisition from the Detroit Pistons last season, is an unrestricted free agent this summer. He will reportedly worked out for the Brooklyn Nets at UCLA Friday morning, according to a report by ESPN’s Chris Broussard.
At 28 years old, Augustin enters his ninth season with his seventh NBA team. Last season, he played 34 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder and 28 games for the Denver Nuggets. Despite playing for two different teams, Augustin recorded his second-best three-point shooting year, making 40.5 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
He also played under Magic head coach Frank Vogel with the Indiana Pacers organization in the 2012-13 season. That year, the Pacers lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the eventual NBA Finals champions, the Miami Heat. Furthermore, Augustin has the experience of a starter, as he started 82 games in the 2010-11 season for the then-Charlotte Bobcats.
Though he’s not a heavy scorer, averaging 9.8 points per game on his career, Augustin is a careful player in his 24.2 minutes of average playing time. Augustin averages 1.5 turnovers per game for his career.
As free agency has only just begun, the Magic still have an opportunity to bring in the likes of Jamal Crawford to help reinforce the team’s backcourt.