As free agency approaches, the Orlando Magic have some roster questions that need answering. Do they keep Jameer Nelson for the final year of his deal? What do they do with the nonguaranteed contracts of veterans Jason Maxiell and Ronnie Price? While these have yet to be answered, another one has. According to a report by ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Magic have pulled their qualifying offer for combo guard E’Twaun Moore. Pulling Moore’s qualifying offer will make him an unrestricted free agent once free agency starts on Tuesday.
Moore, who was selected 55th by the Boston Celtics in 2011, played one year for the Celtics before signing a free agent deal with the Magic in September 2012. In two years for the Magic, Moore played in 154 games, starting 24. Over those 154 games, he averaged 7.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
The news that the Magic pulled their qualifying offer on Moore should come as no surprise. With Victor Oladipo, Evan Fournier and Elfrid Payton on the roster for sure, Nelson and Doron Lamb possibly coming back and second round pick Roy Devyn Marble in the mix as well, it would seem as though there’s just no place for Moore on the roster.
While his time with the Magic will likely be coming to an end, he should get looks elsewhere. He’s a very capable combo guard, and a solid shooter from everywhere on court. He should come relatively cheap as well, which could appeal to most team’s, especially contenders.
The Magic have another decision to make in the coming days, as Doron Lamb’s contract becomes fully guaranteed on July 1st if he is not waived by the team. Lamb is scheduled to play for the Magic at the Orlando Pro Summer League, and could very well be playing for his spot with the team.