Storyline: Michael Carter-Williams Free Agency

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Magic keeping Michael Carter-Williams?

The Magic signed Carter-Williams to a second 10-day contract on Monday, and it appears certain the team will sign him for the remainder of the season when that contract expires on Apr. 4. If Orlando makes the playoffs, the Magic would have to waive someone for Carter-Williams to be playoff eligible. The reason? Because Mo Bamba, Isaiah Briscoe, Markelle Fultz and Timofey Mozgov were all dealing with long-term injuries that prevent them from playing, the NBA granted the Magic an injury hardship waiver to allow Carter-Williams to become the 16th player on a conventional contract on their roster.

But if a team finishes the regular season with 16 or more players on its roster, a player signed via a hardship waiver would be ineligible to play or practice during the postseason. If a team finishes the regular season with 15 or fewer players on its roster, any of those 15 would be playoff eligible, even if he was signed via a hardship exception (assuming he was otherwise eligible). The two most likely candidates to be waived would be Jerian Grant or Briscoe.

Free agent guard Michael Carter-Williams, who played this past season with the Charlotte Hornets, is thrilled to have reached an agreement on a one-year contract with the Houston Rockets. “It’s a great moment,” Carter-Williams said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. I get to play on a team that’s a contender for a championship. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a great opportunity for myself, and I just really want to go in there and just help the team any way I can.”
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May 23, 2019 | 2:47 pm EDT Update