In unsurprising news yet news nonetheless, the Orlando Sentinel reports that the Magic are close to bringing back Adonal Foyle.
Foyle’s agent Lon Babby told Josh Robbins they’re moving towards an agreement and Magic GM Otis Smith told me it should be done pretty soon. “It’s not a hard deal to negotiate,” Smith said.
While Foyle, 34, will hardly seen any meaningful playing time, the signing does provide a strong locker room presence and a guy who works hard in practice (consequently benefiting Howard and Gortat). For a team concerned with chemistry because of all the new faces, a player like Foyle can certainly help speed up the cohesion process. UPDATE: It’s official. From the Magic:
The Orlando Magic have re-signed free agent center Adonal Foyle, General Manager Otis Smith announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. Foyle played in 10 games last season with both the Magic and Memphis, averaging 1.7 ppg. and 2.6 rpg. in 6.2 minpg. He was traded to Memphis as part of the three-team deal that sent Rafer Alston to Orlando on Feb. 19, later waived by Memphis on Mar. 1, then re-signed by Orlando on Mar. 23. Originally selected by Golden State in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1997 NBA Draft, Foyle (6’10”, 270, 3/9/75) has appeared in 733 regular season games during his 12-year NBA career with Golden State, Orlando and Memphis, averaging 4.1 ppg., 4.7 rpg. and 1.63 blkpg. in 17.8 minpg. Foyle is Golden State’s all-time franchise leader in blocked shots with 1,140.
While the terms of the deal are not disclosed, it’s safe to assume it’s a one-year veteran’s minimum contract.