Birch certainly gives the impression that he would love to be back with Toronto and it’s hard to imagine the Raptors wouldn’t have a role for him. But he’ll be 29 next season, so the contract will have to be right also. He’s coming off a two-year deal that paid him $6 million and would doubtless like some security on his next deal. “I think [on-court] fit and financial is probably what’s tied right now,” said Birch. “I’ve seen a lot of guys who actually go for financial but they get flushed out after their contracts [are over]. So I think fit is very important because I don’t want to just be the kind of guy who gets money and gets flushed out. I actually want to have a career and play a big part on a championship-level team or just win. That’s my goal.”
Josh Lewenberg: Birch says fit is as important as money in free agency. Sounds like his preference is to return to the Raptors. "I got lucky. If I would've stayed in Orlando people probably would've thought I'm just a regular bench big who can't score. I'm fortunate these guys believed in me."
Josh Lewenberg: Khem Birch, who could debut for the Raptors in New York tomorrow, will become the 6th Canadian to play for Toronto, joining Jamaal Magloire, Cory Joseph, Anthony Bennett, Oshae Brissett, and fellow Montrealer Chris Boucher.
Bobby Marks: Birch gave back $413,964 on his buyout with Orlando. It is the same amount for a player (with 3 years of service) that signs a contract on Sunday April 11.
Shams Charania: Center Khem Birch has cleared waivers and is signing with the Toronto Raptors for the rest of the season, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Blake Murphy: Freddie Gillespie is available tonight. Khem Birch has officially cleared waivers and will be signing with the Raptors for the rest of the season, could join team as soon as tomorrow.
Michael Grange: Raptors 10-day signee Freddie Gillespie will join team in Cleveland presuming tests negative today and tomorrow. Will fly privately Saturday. Khem Birch can clear waivers at 5 pm Saturday. IF he clears Raps leaders to sign him as a FA. Unlikely to be with team in CLE.
Josh Lewenberg: Khem Birch is expected to sign with the Raptors after he clears waivers tomorrow afternoon. Would think that because he's coming from another NBA team and has been following the league's protocols, there's a good chance he'll be available vs Cleveland.
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.
June 23, 2021 | 8:34 pm EDT Update
June 23, 2021 | 7:44 pm EDT Update
Spoelstra has accepted an invitation to join the USA Basketball coaching staff for its Olympic preparations in Las Vegas next month. The Miami Heat coach, who went head-to-head against Popovich and San Antonio in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals, will be involved coaching the U.S. select team — a group of players that will be brought in to practice and scrimmage against the Olympic roster.
“I really just want to be a part of the program,” Spoelstra said. “I’m always pushing myself to get better in the offseasons; I go visit people and all that stuff. This is going to be a basketball immersion. I mean, the dinners, the team meetings … for where I am right now in my career, I think this is the perfect thing for a summer of development.”