The Magic have a troubling recent history of squandering positive assets with no real discernable return. Orlando has dumped:
Could C.J. Wilcox fit the trend?
The Magic declined Wilcox’s fourth-year rookie-scale option, letting him become an unrestricted free agent next offseason rather than guarantee his $2,183,328 salary for 2017-18.
Wilcox shot well beyond the arc in limited minutes in two years with the Clippers before they traded him to Orlando in July, and he has shown enough penetrating ability to complement his outside stroke. On the other hand, he settles for too many long 2s, and his defense causes concern for his own team.
I’m not ready to write off the 25-year-old, though to date, he has not been worth his option-year salary. He’s so cheap, I probably would’ve exercised his team option, but the Magic have more information than I do after evaluating him throughout training camp.
Wilcox joins Adreian Payne,James Young andTyler Ennis as the players who had their fourth-year options declined this fall while remaining on a team. Between the four, I bet at least one makes his team regret the decision.