The Orlando Magic are building for the future, and they are a relatively young team that lacks a veteran presence.
However, it looks like that has changed a little bit.
On Friday, they agreed to a two-year, $22 million contract with free agent forward Joe Ingles, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, and he will be a solid addition to the Magic.
Free agent F Joe Ingles has agreed on a two-year, $22 million contract with the Orlando Magic, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN. An accomplished role player and presence for a young Magic roster. pic.twitter.com/LdYzJdGbcF
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2023
Ingles, a 35-year-old, 6-foot-9 forward, has been something of a Swiss Army knife for the last several years, and his multiple skill sets will help elevate Orlando a bit.
He can handle the ball and find open teammates, hit from beyond the arc, and also play some effective defense.
The Aussie averaged 6.9 points, 3.3 assists, and 2.8 rebounds a game while hitting 40.9 percent of his 3-point attempts this season as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.
He can serve as a veteran influence in the locker room, which is very important for such a young team, especially one that is serious about building a winning culture.
The Magic are centered around big man Paolo Banchero, the reigning Rookie of the Year who put up 20.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest this season and seems to have real star potential moving forward.
In forward Franz Wagner and big man Wendell Carter Jr., they have two other intriguing young prospects to possibly build around in the years to come.
Orlando likely will not make the playoffs for some time, but the contributions of Ingles, both on and off the court, could set them up for success and respectability down the road.NEXT: Fans Are Remembering A Special Moment In Shaquille O'Neal's Career