The Orlando Magic has made a significant move to solidify their roster for the upcoming NBA season, as they have reached an agreement with free agent forward Admiral Schofield to re-sign him on a two-way contract. This decision was confirmed by Schofield’s agents, Mark Bartelstein and George Roussakis, and reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Schofield, who was drafted as the 32nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, has shown promise during his tenure with the Magic. The 6-foot-5 forward appeared in 37 games for the team last season, proving himself as a valuable asset in Orlando’s frontcourt. Despite limited playing time, Schofield managed to average 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in just 12.2 minutes per game during the 2022/23 season.
The 26-year-old player began his professional career with the Washington Wizards but found his footing and established himself with the Orlando Magic over the past two seasons. His dedication and performance on the court convinced the Magic’s management to elevate him from a two-way contract to a standard deal in February.
However, during the off-season, the Magic declined their team option for the 2023/24 season, rendering Schofield an unrestricted free agent. This move raised concerns among fans about the future of the talented forward in Orlando. Nevertheless, it appears that both parties have found common ground, leading to the recent agreement on a new two-way contract.
A two-way contract allows players like Schofield to split their time between the NBA and the G League, providing the Magic with added flexibility and depth throughout the season. This type of contract has proven to be beneficial for developing players, as it allows them to gain experience and playing time in the G League while staying connected to the NBA team.
Once the deal is made official, Admiral Schofield will join the Magic’s 15-player standard roster, with two of the three two-way spots now filled. The remaining two-way slot is occupied by guard Kevon Harris.
It is essential to note that NBA teams are permitted to have a roster of 21 players during the off-season, with the limit reducing to 18 once the regular season commences. Out of these spots, 15 players can be on standard deals, while the remaining three can be filled with players on two-way contracts.
The Magic’s decision to re-sign Admiral Schofield is a testament to the organization’s faith in his potential and contributions to the team. As they gear up for the upcoming season, Orlando aims to build on their roster’s strengths and secure their place as contenders in the competitive NBA landscape.