NBA Rumor: Michael Carter-Williams Free Agency

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Analysis: Another factor to consider is playing time. Are there teams out there that would offer Carter-Williams a larger role than he would have on the Magic? If there are, those opportunities could be counterbalanced by the mutual respect between Carter-Williams and Magic coaches. Odds he returns: 50 percent

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.

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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Irving said his time in Cleveland with LeBron James and Kevin Love taught him that resolve, compromise and sacrifice was necessary for the Cavaliers to win at a high level. Irving thinks the same can happen in Brooklyn with his new star-studded team. Like his last one, it isn’t going to happen immediately. “We’ll have good nights, we’ll have great nights, but it’s how we galvanize as a group together,” Irving said. “It’s how we sacrifice and compromise for the greater good. And that still remains to be seen. Obviously, one game is out of the way, but I’m excited for what’s to come.”
His teammates have noticed a difference in him, too. Osman has noted the advancements in Sexton’s game from his rookie year to now. Sexton is competitive on the defensive end of the floor, he’s making the extra pass and his assists this season are up to 3.7 per game. “Obviously, last year he was better, and this year he’s even better,” Osman said. “He made like 14 or 15 points in a row, and then there was good defense on him, but then he found TP (new Cavalier Taurean Prince) in the corner for a 3-point shot that was wide open. That was a beautiful play from Collin. He could have taken that one too but saw TP was open, and that was the right play, so he made the right play. You can see from his first year until now — he’s just getting better every day.”