Shams Charania: The Orlando Magic are planning to waive center Khem Birch in order to give him an opportunity to play more, with the Toronto Raptors as his likely landing spot, sources tell me and @JoshuaBRobbins. Birch is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Khem Birch has agreed to a two-year, $6M deal to return to Orlando, agents Mike George of @OneLegacySports and Jeff Schwartz of @excelsm tell ESPN.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have issued qualifying offers to Khem Birch and Amile Jefferson, making both of them restricted free agents on June 30.
The Magic will attempt to re-sign Birch and will almost assuredly make him a restricted free agent by extending him a qualifying offer, but Philadelphia expressed interest in him during the season and there could be several more this offseason, sources said.
Birch is headed to free agency this summer. "Hopefully I stay in Orlando," he says. "But it's good to know people are noticing me a little."
Khem Birch, a 6-foot-9 center, signed with the Magic on Thursday. Team officials would not disclose the terms of the deal, but Birch said his contract is for two years.
Orlando Magic PR: RELEASE: The Orlando Magic have signed free agent center Khem Birch. #PureMagic #LetsGoMagic
Khem Birch opted out of his contract with Olympiacos to sign in the NBA with the Orlando Magic. The American big man has played one season in Greece with Olympiacos.
According to Eurohoops sources, the Brooklyn Nets have included Canadian center Khem Birch in their transfer list for quite some time and are now seriously considering the possibility of offering a two-year contract to acquire him as a complementary addition to their frontcourt ahead of the upcoming season.
April 17, 2021 | 3:07 pm EDT Update
Sarah Todd: Following an MRI and clinical evaluation, Donovan Mitchell suffered a significant right lower ankle sprain. He will be re-evaluated in one week.
Harrison Faigen: Frank Vogel says Andre Drummond will play and start today. Keef and Dennis are game-time decisions. Marc Gasol is available but dealing with hamstring tightness and his broken finger. Everyone else (other than AD and LeBron and Dudz) is good to go.
On Thursday, the Michigan Wolverines got some big news as senior leader Isaiah Livers announced he would be declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft. He put together an outstanding career in Ann Arbor and will now take his talents to the next level. This was an anticipated decision, but was made official on Thursday.
“It’s pretty crazy,” Stephen Curry said recently. “We’ve been able to mobilize quickly. We didn’t expect to have such an impact — we only launched a year and a half ago. But so many kids were hanging in the dark. It was alarming. We are excited about the work we’re doing but it’s hard to celebrate because it means the need is so great. That’s the dichotomy.”