In a surprising move that has stirred both disappointment and anticipation among fans, the Orlando Magic have announced the waiving of forward-center Bol Bol. President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman made the decision, signaling the end of Bol’s tenure with the team. However, amidst the uncertainty, there is a glimmer of hope for Bol’s future as he enters a new phase of his NBA journey.
Standing at an impressive 7’2″ and weighing 220 pounds, Bol made a notable impact during his time with the Magic. Last season, he participated in 70 games, including 33 as a starter, and showcased his abilities on the court. Bol’s contributions were significant, as he averaged 9.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 1.21 blocks in just 21.5 minutes per game, displaying his versatility and potential.
Bol’s NBA career began when he was selected by the Miami Heat in the second round (44th overall) of the 2019 NBA Draft. Since then, he has played in a total of 123 regular-season games, with 35 starts, for both the Denver Nuggets and the Orlando Magic. Throughout his career, Bol has maintained averages of 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in just 14.9 minutes per game while shooting an impressive 53.3% from the field.
The decision to waive Bol came with a non-guaranteed contract worth $2.2 million for the 2023-24 season, as reported by Spotrac. Notably, the Magic had signed Bol to a two-year, $4.4 million deal in 2022. However, the team’s decision presents Bol with a new opportunity to explore different paths in his basketball journey.
With the waiver process now in place, Bol becomes eligible to be claimed by a team with available cap room or a trade exception, as highlighted by ESPN’s Bobby Marks. The order in which teams can claim him off waivers is determined by the regular season standings, with the teams at the bottom having the first chance to secure his services. This opens up possibilities for Bol to join a new team where he can continue to develop and contribute to their success.
Last season, Bol, a native of Sudan, experienced career highs in various statistical categories, including points (9.1), rebounds (5.8), blocks (1.2), and minutes (21.5). His progress and increased playing time, with 33 starts in 70 games, surpassed his previous three NBA seasons combined, showcasing his growth and potential.
Although the Magic recently re-signed backup center Mo Wagner to a two-year, $16 million deal, ensuring depth in their frontcourt alongside players like Wendell Carter Jr. and Paolo Banchero, Bol’s departure signifies a new chapter for both the player and the team. It opens up opportunities for other players to step up and make their mark, while Bol seeks a new team where he can continue to grow and contribute on the court.
Prior to his time with the Magic, Bol spent three seasons with the Denver Nuggets before being traded to the Boston Celtics and ultimately landing in Orlando in February 2022. While his journey has seen its fair share of twists and turns, Bol now stands on the precipice of new possibilities and opportunities to make a meaningful impact in the NBA.