Robin Lopez, Magic Agree To One-Year Deal

Robin Lopez, 33, is reportedly headed to the Orlando Magic on a one-year contract, announced Tuesday by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Robin Lopez

The deal is estimated to be worth $5 million and will land the free agent center on his eighth team after playing for the Washington Wizards last season. 

In 2020-2021, Lopez averaged 9.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and accomplished a career high in field goal percentage, 63%.  

After the Wizards squeezed their way into the Eastern Conference playoff picture last season with the No. 8 seed — finishing with a 34-38 record — Lopez played a small role in the postseason for a Washington squad that was outmatched against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Wizards lost their first-round series, 4-1, and avoided a sweep after surviving Game 4 with a win — fortified by Robin Lopez, who contributed 16 points and five rebounds off the bench.

Orlando’s signing of the veteran center fits the intended vision for free agency that Magic’s President of Basketball Operations Jason Weltman detailed when discussing his approach with the media.

By adding a seasoned big man to join the young group of centers in Orlando, which includes Mo Bamba and Wendell Carter, Jr., Weltman hopes that the meshing of fresh legs and veteran prowess will help a struggling Magic team play a better campaign next year than the 21-51 result from last season.  

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