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Marreese Speights
Marreese Speights
Position: C-F
Born: 08/04/87
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Salary: $2,116,955
Speights had to settle for a one-year deal worth the veteran’s minimum with the Magic, but if he emerges as a leader for this squad and produces when given playing time, he could ink a more lucrative deal next offseason when he will be an unrestricted free agent again. “It was a weird free agency period,” Speights said. “As you know, the money kind of dried up, especially for backup big men. So for me, I figured if I’m going to play on a minimum deal, which is what I got, I might as well play for Orlando! This allows me to be close to home and around my family. I also feel like there’s an opportunity to play and contribute in Orlando. I’m not exactly sure what my role is going to be yet – I can only control what I can control – but I’m going to do whatever I can to help this team. That’s my mindset entering training camp and the season. It’s on the coaching staff to determine my role. But I love to hoop, so I’ll enjoy every minute I’m out there.”
“I’m also going to tell the young guys, ‘If you want to win, if you want to make the playoffs, you have to sacrifice.’ And when I say sacrifice, that may mean different things for different players, but everyone has to sacrifice in some way. Whether it’s not playing one night or not getting the last shot or whatever, everyone has to make sacrifices and prioritize winning. Everyone needs to be thinking, ‘I’ll make sacrifices and do whatever I can to make sure our team wins.’ Once you start doing that kind of stuff and thinking that way, you start winning more games. And then once you get a taste of winning, you realize it’s the most important thing.”