Orlando Magic add Bismack Biyombo, Serge Ibaka, Jeff Green

By The Sports Xchange  |  July 7, 2016 at 1:08 PM
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Bismack Biyombo and Serge Ibaka are the new men in the middle for the Orlando Magic.

Biyombo signed a four-year, $72 million deal in free agency after a breakout season with the Toronto Raptors. Ibaka was traded to the Magic for Victor Oladipo, a deal agreed to on draft night.

"Bismack (Biyombo) is a tremendous competitor and athlete who excels on the defensive end of the floor," said general manager Rob Hennigan. "He proved during the playoffs that he can rebound and protect the rim at an elite level, and he will bring toughness and winning fiber to our frontcourt. We are confident that his best basketball is ahead of him and we're extremely excited to welcome him to the Orlando Magic family."

The Magic also signed forward Jeff Green, a well-traveled but versatile 6-foot-9 forward and former teammate of Ibaka's in Oklahoma City.

Green, the fifth overall pick in 2007 for the Boston Celtics, played in 80 games last season with Memphis and the Los Angeles Clippers.

"He will provide tremendous leadership to our team, both on and off the floor, and we are extremely excited to welcome him into the Magic family," Hennigan said.

"I think it's a great fit for myself," Green told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. "The team that we have, I think we can do some damage in the Eastern Conference. I'm looking forward to it."

Point guard Shabazz Napier was traded from Orlando to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.

Originally selected with the 24th pick in the NBA Draft in 2014 by Charlotte, Napier was dealt to Miami, where he played in 51 games as a rookie.

Orlando sent Miami a second-round pick last July for Napier. In a reserve role, the 24-year-old averaged 3.7 points, 1.8 assists in less than 11 minutes off the bench.

Napier has an opportunity to earn the primary backup role to Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard. He had been projected to be the fourth point guard for the Magic next season, leaving Napier's spot with the team in jeopardy.

Orlando has Elfrid Payton starting at the point with C.J. Watson also returning, and the Magic signed D.J. Augustin early in free agency.

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