Keeping in line with a number of cheaper moves to shore up their roster, the Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly finalizing a trade to acquire forward Devyn Marble and 2020 second-round pick from the Orlando Magic for guard C.J. Wilcox, according to The Orlando Sentinel.
Though he’s yet to see much action in the NBA, Marble’s been impressive with 10.6 points, 2.4 assists, and 2.2 steals per game during the Orlando Summer League and his length could help the Clippers defensively behind Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers, and J.J. Redick.
Marble, who was Denver’s second-round pick in 2014 but was traded along with guard Evan Fournier to the Magic, has spent two seasons with the Magic but spent most of his time on assignment with the D-League Erie Bayhawks.
For the Clippers, who are already $10 million over the inflated salary cap, the deal offers some cap relief with former first-round pick Wilcox scheduled to make $1.2 million next season with team options of $2.1 million and $3.2 million the two subsequent years.
While the trade hasn’t officially gone through, it does follow Los Angeles’ two most recent signings on Thursday. The Clippers agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with veteran point guard Raymond Felton, signed former Golden State big Marresse Speights to a minimum deal, and came to terms with second-round pick and former Maryland 6-foot-11 center Diamond Stone as well.
The move may seem curious for the Magic to make, considering they are also roughly $10 million above he cap, but advanced statistics show Wilcox may have just needed more of an opportunity with a rebuilding team rather than an established playoff contender.
Over 44 games in his first two seasons, Wilcox has averaged only 2.5 points on 39.4 percent shooting. However, his per 36 minutes numbers suggest Wilcox could average as much as 15.1 points a contest should he receive regular playing time. Wilcox has also shot 38.1 percent from three and Orlando was tied for 15th in the league from deep range last season.
Orlando’s been just as busy as the Clippers, or any other team, this offseason. Using their considerable cap space, the Magic have signed forwards Bismack Biyombo and Jeff Green, and fortified the backcourt with D.J. Augustin, Jodie Meeks, and C.J. Watson after making a huge splash by acquiring forward Serge Ibaka from Oklahoma City on draft night.
The rash of guard signings clearly made Marble expendable to Orlando.