The Magic waived guard Doron Lamb, the team announced Monday.
Lamb appeared in 53 games last season for the Magic, scoring 3.6 points per game and shooting 39.4 percent from the floor and 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. Lamb was acquired as part of the J.J. Redick trade back in February 2013, along side Tobias Harris. He scored in double figures six times last season.
Lamb though was always a bit inconsistent as a player. He was able to shoot the ball well enough, but could not really break into the rotation on a consistent basis. Even for a team with so many young players, it was hard for Lamb to find his way into the rotation and find his place on the team. Some of it had to do with his inconsistent shot and probably the fact Orlando just did not have a lot of guys to draw defenses away from him to make his shots easier.
It just was not the best fit for a player of his talents. Not at this moment at least.
Lamb also had some bad luck with injuries. He showed a lot of promise in Summer League last year before he banged knees in the third game of the session and was forced to miss the rest of the week. He never regained that form and showed only glimpses of an expanded offensive game.
Cutting Lamb now is also a financial move. Lamb’s contract this year was worth $915,243 according to Sham Sports and carried a guarantee date of July 1. If Lamb were on the roster past today, he would have been guaranteed the full amount of his contract. With Victor Oladipo likely sliding into the shooting guard role and Evan Fournier joining the roster, it looks like the Magic saw no way to get Lamb playing time and no reason to have him take a roster spot.
The Magic have already reportedly pulled back their qualifying offer, making E’Twaun Moore an unrestricted free agent this summer. It seems unlikely he will rejoin the team too.
There will be some major changes to the Magic’s bench it appears. What those changes are get answered somewhat when free agency opens up tomorrow.