Tuesday marked the official day that the Orlando Magic overpaid for Channing Frye, a big man who specializes in shooting three-pointers and nothing else. The Magic also signed Ben Gordon to a two-year deal, hoping and praying that he can recover just a glimpse of his former self.
Did these two signings make me scratch my head? Yes. But were these two signings necessary? Completely. Orlando’s starting unit is already set up for success, as the new face of the franchise, Victor Oladipo, will be teamed up with the star of the summer league, Elfrid Payton, in the Magic’s backcourt. The frontcourt looks to be even more electrifying, as Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic will be joined in the by electric rookie Aaron Gordon.
The Magic were not predicted to make a big splash this offseason anyway. Instead, they used their cap space to fill out the rest of the bench with shooters that this team needs if Orlando intends on being playoff contenders this season. That is what the Magic hope Frye and Gordon will do, in addition to being mentors to a still very young team.
Frye and Gordon may be overpaid, but the value they will bring to this young team will pay off in the long run. Gordon and Frye have both had success in the past, and that will translate well to a hungry group of young guns eager to prove that they will be a force to be reckoned with in years to come.