The Orlando Magic have notified combo guard E’Twaun Moore that they will guarantee his salary for the upcoming season, and team officials also have decided that they will make wing DeQuan Jones an unrestricted free agent instead of a restricted free agent.
Moore’s salary of $884,293 for the 2013-14 season will become fully guaranteed at 5 p.m. Sunday as long as the team doesn’t waive him before then. Team officials told Moore they aren’t going to waive him.
Moore averaged 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game last season, which was his second year in the NBA and his first year with the Magic.
Jones always was scheduled to become a free agent at 12:01 a.m. Monday, but it was unclear what type of free agent he would become.
The team has decided not to submit a qualifying offer of $988,872 to Jones. If Jones had accepted that offer, he’d be under contract for the upcoming season at that salary; if he turned it down, he would’ve become a restricted free agent, giving the Magic the right to match any contract offer he received.
Jones will play for Orlando’s summer league team, and the Magic still can re-sign him.
After going undrafted out of Miami, Jones played on Orlando's summer league team last summer and earned a spot on the regular-season roster. He appeared in 63 games, averaging 3.7 points per game.
The minimum salary for a player with one season of NBA experience will be $788,872 in 2013-14.
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