Orlando Magic Rob Hennigan and his front office are not done with offseason dealings yet. According to a report by the Orlando Sentinel‘s Josh Robbins, the Magic are finalizing a deal to acquire shooting guard C.J. Wilcox from the Los Angeles Clippers. The deal would include sending Devyn Marble to Los Angeles, a guard they were already planning on waiving, per Robbins.
The Magic are finalizing a trade to send Devyn Marble and a 2020 2nd-round pick to the Clippers for C.J. Wilcox and cash, per source.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) July 15, 2016
In addition to trading Marble, the Clippers will also receive a 2020 second-round draft pick for Wilcox and cash. Robbins tweeted that upon receiving Marble, the Clippers will have until 11:59 p.m. ET to waive the 23-year-old to avoid picking up his guaranteed contract of $1.2 million.
Last season, Marble was a non-factor for the Magic in his two seasons in the league. Since getting drafted late in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, Marble has only played in 44 games scoring a total of 97 points.
As for Wilcox, though, he brings the potential of being a legitimate deep-range threat. The 25-year-old has only played in 44 games in his two NBA seasons, but in his four-year career at the University of Washington, he drained 38.9 percent of his three-point shots while averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game.
Wilcox’s arrival to Orlando should see the third-year guard play more minutes after he averaged only 7.3 minutes last season with the Clippers. After the Magic traded away shooting guard Victor Oladipo to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a rebooted Magic roster was scarce at the guard position.
Here’s a list of the Magic’s guards.
|No.||Name||Games (2015-16)||PPG (2015-16)||RPG (2015-16)||APG (2015-16)||BPG/SPG (2015-16)|
Evan Fournier, who re-signed with the team, will probably be the starter over trade-acquisitions Jodie Meeks and Wilcox, while Mario Hezonja will probably find his footing as a 3.
Orlando’s roster has seen a complete overhaul this summer, and adding Wilcox is a part of that master plan. Time will only tell if this is the beginning of a new, successful chapter for the perpetually suffering Magic.