The NBA trade deadline has surpassed, and it seems as though there is some more information on one of the trades. In the trade between the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics, it seems the Magic will be receiving Jeff Teague as well as two second-round picks after sending Evan Fournier to Boston, per Josh Robbins.
The Magic will receive Jeff Teague and two second-round picks from the Celtics to complete the Evan Fournier trade, league sources tell @JaredWeissNBA and me. Teague has been told he doesn’t have to report to the Magic and will be waived by the Magic, per a league source.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) March 25, 2021
For the Magic, it seems including Teague in the deal was more so to meet the salary cap requirements than anything else. They’ve reportedly informed Teague he does not have to report to Orlando, thus meaning he’ll be hitting the free-agent market. A move that makes sense for the Magic, as Teague wouldn’t necessarily hurt or benefit Orlando’s roster.
The front office is obviously more excited about the two second-round picks than anything else, as this organization has sold three major assets right before the deadline. Now with Nikola Vucevik, Aaron Gordon, and Evan Fournier gone, the Orlando Magic will be playing out the rest of the year with their eyes on the offseason.
It’s unclear where Jeff Teague might end up now that he’s presumably a free agent. He could wind up back in Boston on a cheap deal, or sign with another team searching for a veteran point guard. Only time will tell though, as it’s possible Teague doesn’t sign with any organization at all.
The new-look Magic take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. With so many new faces on the roster, it’ll be interesting to see what type of rotation the Magic utilizes. They’re pretty much choosing to tank this season, so this matchup will likely be a blow-out.