Former Magic center Khem Birch has officially cleared waivers and will join the Raptors for the remainder of the season, Toronto announced on Twitter. Birch is excited to join the Raptors: The Raptors inherit the $3M expiring contract Birch had with Orlando.
The timing of defense is everything. How quickly players diagnose a play, react and execute can be the difference between a strong defensive stand or one that peters out quickly and gives up an open shot.
The Orlando Magic probably never would have reached whatever little levels of success they have in the last three years without Khem Birch. To no one’s surprise, he has embodied everything the Magic’s program has been about to coach Steve Clifford.
Birch, 28, was a key part of the Magic’s rotation earlier in the season, serving as Nikola Vucevic‘s primary backup and averaging 6.9 PPG and 6.0 RPG in 22.0 minutes per game through his first 28 contests.
Cole Anthony returned and Mo Bamba had a career night The Magic lost the game. But at this stage and with this team, we’re looking for flashes. And we got a few as the Magic returned home after a long road trip.
Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford has proven himself in this league as a coach who builds foundations. As has oft been repeated, Clifford’s teams are hard to play against because they do the fundamental things well.
New faces, better results. For the second time in a week, the remade Orlando Magic picked up a big win on the road. This one came over the New Orleans Pelicans, 115-110, in overtime at the Smoothie King Center.
The Orlando Magic made a big decision at this most recent trade deadline. They blew up their current core to build for the future. They traded away Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, and Aaron Gordon, arguably their three best players.
One of the biggest and most unexpected moves of the trade deadline went down between the Chicago Bulls and the Orlando Magic, as Arturas Karnisovas managed to lure Nikola Vucevic away for multiple first-round picks and a deal centered around Wendell Carter Jr and Otto Porter Jr.
It's unclear when Fournier will be eligible to make his Boston debut. After Saturday's contest, the Celtics play again on Monday against the New Orleans Pelicans and Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks.
The trade rumors may be swirling, but don’t expect Nikola Vucevic to be going anywhere. It’s unlikely that any big-name players will be moved, due to salary cap restrictions, and also the uncertainty about revenue going forward, due to the effects from the pandemic.