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Orlando Magic re-sign Bol Bol in first official free agency move

The Orlando Magic made their first official move in free agency on Thursday, re-signing Bol Bol to a 2-year contract.

The Magic, like all NBA teams, didn’t disclose the terms of the deal in their announcement, citing team policy.

The full details of the contract weren’t known as of Thursday, but the deal is expected to have a team option for the second season.

The Magic acquired Bol from the Boston Celtics on Feb. 10 ahead of the trade deadline.

Bol, a 22-year-old big man, was sidelined when the Magic traded for him. He’d had right foot surgery on Jan. 18 and was officially ruled out for the season in mid-March before becoming a free agent this offseason.

He averaged 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.8 minutes in 14 games with the Denver Nuggets, who dealt him to the Celtics on Jan. 19, before undergoing surgery.

Bol, a 5-star recruit in the 2018 class, played nine games for Oregon his freshman year before missing the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot that required surgery. He was expected to be a lottery pick in the 2019 draft before the injury, but he was taken 44th instead.

The injury concerns didn’t faze the Magic, who were in the first full season of their rebuild and prioritized developing younger players.

Orlando’s brass sees Bol’s talent and potential even though he hasn’t had many opportunities to show it.

During his three years in Denver, he averaged 2.7 points (47.8% shooting and 37.8% on 3-pointers) and 1.2 rebounds in 6.2 minutes (328 total minutes) in 53 regular-season games.

The Magic, however, have a good gauge of where Bol is physically.

It helps that Bol, 7-foot-2 with a 7-8 wingspan, fits the archetype the Magic prefer: Size for the position, lanky with the raw talent that could potentially turn into a versatile skillset on both ends of the floor.

“Bol is a very talented young player,” Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said to the Orlando Sentinel after acquiring him. “He hasn’t been able to get himself on the right footing at this early stage of his career, but we’re hoping he can do that with us.”

This article first appeared on Email Khobi Price at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @khobi_price.


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