2019 NBA free agency tracker: Grades for every deal so far

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Michael Carter-Williams: 1 year, $2 million (Orlando Magic)

We’re assuming this is for the veteran minimum ($2 million in this case), since Michael Carter-Williams was playing for the Orlando Magic on a 10-day contract not too long ago. In any case, this will be a cheap signing to help shore up the point guard position, but definitely won’t move the needle much.

The Magic’s lack of attention to detail when it comes to, you know, improving their most notable flaw on the floor, is somewhat alarming. D.J. Augustin still has one year left on his contract, but he’s hardly the answer if this team actually wants to build on its brief playoff appearance this year.

MCW is more of a backup or third-stringer at this point, averaging 5.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his 18.9 minutes per game for Orlando last season. He slightly elevated his game in the postseason and his lankiness helps on the defensive end, but a move like this puts a ton of pressure on Markelle Fultz and Augustin to combine to be one starting-caliber point guard next season.

Grade: C+