Magic sign Afflalo, Speights, Birch

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Orlando Magic press release

ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard Arron Afflalo, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

Afflalo (6’5”, 215, 10/15/85) played in 61 regular season games (45 starts) last season with Sacramento, averaging 8.4 ppg., 2.0 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 25.9 minpg., while shooting .411 (62-151) from three-point range and .892 (83-93) from the free throw line. He scored in double figures 22 times last season, including a season-high 19 points on Jan. 3 @ Denver. Afflalo led the Kings in rebounding twice and in assists once.

“Arron (Afflalo) adds experience and depth to our backcourt,” said Weltman. “He is an excellent three-point shooter and a veteran that will help our young roster both on the court and in the locker room. We are excited to have Arron back in a Magic uniform.”

Originally selected in the first round (27th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft by Detroit, Afflalo has appeared in 709 career NBA regular season games (534 starts) during his 10-year career with Detroit, Denver, Orlando, Portland, New York and Sacramento, averaging 11.3 ppg., 3.0 rpg. and 1.9 apg. in 28.4 minpg., while shooting .386 (825-2,135) from three-point range and .825 (1,358-1,647) from the free throw line. He has also played in 35 career postseason contests (19 starts), averaging 6.0 ppg., 1.7 rpg. and 1.2 apg. in 18.4 minpg.

This will be Afflalo’s second stint with the Magic. He played and started in 137 games during two seasons (2012-14) with Orlando, averaging 17.4 ppg., 3.7 rpg. and 3.3 apg., while shooting .370 (200-540) from three-point range and .832 (465-559) from the free throw line. Afflalo led the team in scoring in both 2012-13 (16.5 ppg.) and 2013-14 (career-high 18.2 ppg.).

Afflalo played three seasons collegiately at UCLA (2004-07), averaging 14.8 ppg., 3.5 rpg. and 1.9 apg. in 32.7 minpg. during 104 career games, while shooting .373 (209-560) from three-point range. He helped lead the Bruins to back-to-back NCAA Final Fours in 2006 and 2007, including the 2006 National Championship Game. Afflalo finished his career ranked second in UCLA history in three-point field goals made (209) and attempted (560) and 17th in scoring (1,540 points). He earned consensus First Team All-America honors, was a member of the Wooden All-America Team and was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year following his junior campaign (2006-07). Afflalo was also named First Team All-Pac 10 as both a sophomore (2005-06) and junior (2006-07).

The team also announced the signings of forward/center Marreese Speights and center Khem Birch.

 Speights (6’10”, 255, 4/4/87) played in all 82 regular season games (two starts) last season with the L.A. Clippers, averaging 8.7 ppg. and 4.5 rpg. in 15.7 minpg., while shooting .372 (103-277) from three-point range and .876 (120-137) from the free throw line. He scored in double figures 25 times last season, including a season-high 23 points on Jan. 16 vs. Oklahoma City and recorded four double-doubles. Speights led (or tied) the Clippers in scoring three times and in rebounding four times. He also appeared in seven postseason outings (two starts), averaging 6.6 ppg. and 2.9 rpg. in 14.0 minpg.

“Marreese (Speights) has developed into a effective shooting big man during his pro career,” said Weltman. “He is a veteran player that brings playoff and championship experience to our team. We are very happy to have Marreese and his family in Orlando.”

Originally selected in the first round (16th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft by Philadelphia, Speights has appeared in 653 career NBA regular season games (75 starts) during his nine-year career with Philadelphia, Memphis, Cleveland, Golden State and the L.A. Clippers, averaging 7.9 ppg. and 4.2 rpg. in 15.3 minpg., while shooting .800 (958-1,197) from the free throw line. He has also played in 60 career postseason contests, averaging 5.3 ppg. and 2.5 rpg. in 9.7 minpg. Speights won an NBA World Championship with Golden State in 2014-15.

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Speights played two seasons collegiately at the University of Florida (2006-08), averaging 9.5 ppg., and 5.4 rpg. in 15.4 minpg. during 69 career games (36 starts), while shooting .633 (273-431) from the floor. He was a member of the 2006-07 National Championship team as a freshman. As a sophomore (2007-08), Speights played and started in all 36 games for the Gators, averaging 14.5 ppg., 8.1 rpg. and 1.36 blkpg. in 24.3 minpg., while shooting .624 (216-346) from the field.

Birch (6’9”, 220, 9/28/92) played in Greece last season, appearing in 37 games (21 starts) with Olympiacos, averaging 7.3 ppg. and 5.6 rpg. in 18.0 minpg., while shooting 62.4 percent from the field.

After playing collegiately at both the University of Pittsburgh and UNLV, Birch declared for the 2014 NBA Draft and spent the 2014-15 campaign with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA G League, where he averaged 11.1 ppg., 9.5 rpg., 1.2 apg. and 1.8 blkpg. in 52 contests. He was named to the Futures All-Star Team in 2015.

A native of Montreal, Quebec, Birch has also played professionally in Turkey (2015-16) and is a member of the Canadian National Team.



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