Magic GM Rob Hennigan: Re-signing Evan Fournier high priority

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The Magic have been linked to some big-name free agents: Dwight Howard, Al Horford and Chandler Parsons.

But Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan has called only one free agent a high priority – Evan Fournier.

Hennigan, via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

“One of our biggest, if not our biggest, priorit[ies] is to make sure Evan stays with us,” Hennigan said, “and we’re confident we’ll be able to do that.”

Fournier will be a restricted free agent, so if the Magic are committed to keeping him, they will. Based on this quote, it sounds like they are. But will that stance change if Fournier signs a max offer sheet? Hennigan could just be trying to scare off other suitors who are wary of tying up their cap space for three days only to have Orlando match.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Fournier still draws max offers. He’s a good outside shooter with the potential to be more of a driving playmaker, too. Plus, he’s just 23.

Fournier will count just $5,720,513 against the cap until signed, and that’s surely below his starting salary on a long-term deal. So, the Magic can preserve cap room by signing Fournier last.

Orlando projects to have about $45 million in cap space even with Fournier’s hold. So, that’s plenty of money to spend on outside free agents. But if multiple established stars want to sign with the Magic, might they let Fournier walk? It’s not as if Fournier can talk about players still contracted with other teams right now.

I believe Orlando wants to re-sign Fournier. We’ll soon see the limits of that desire, though.