Magic say goodbye to James Augustine
The Orlando Magic will soon try to re-sign center Adonal Foyle, adding another big man to the roster after waiving little-used power forward James Augustine on Tuesday.
Magic General Manager Otis Smith said he would like Foyle to return and would speak to his agent, Lon Babby, in the next few days.
"Adonal's a big body, he knows how to play," Smith said. "We'll see where it goes."
Augustine's release was not a surprise, considering he seldom played and the club is looking to reduce its payroll.
He played in just 27 games since arriving as a second-round pick in 2006. The Magic had until today to either re-sign the 6 foot-10 Augustine to a guaranteed contract of about $800,000 or waive him. He was playing on a make-good contract in the team's summer league.
Smith said even the absence of Augustine's salary "give us some flexibility; it's a little bit, but it's not a little bit when you're talking about the cap and getting close to the luxury tax. It's the flexibility it gives us. It's more about where we are salary-wise."
Smith said he wants to add a third point guard, and added the club could go with just 14 players. Most teams carry 15. "We tried to do that last year, go with 14, but then Tony (Battie) got hurt," Smith said.