About a decade has passed since Marreese Speights wrapped up his college career at Florida. Now, the well-traveled Speights is coming back to his home state.
After spending nine seasons in the NBA with five different teams, Speights signed a contract with the Orlando Magic, as announced by the franchise on Thursday afternoon.
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) July 27, 2017
The 6-foot-10 forward/center declined his $2.1 million player option with the Clippers for 2017-18 and became an unrestricted free agent. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.
He’s coming off a season in which he appeared in all 82 games for the Clippers, averaging 8.7 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 37.2 percent from 3-point range.
“Mo Buckets” has developed into an effective shooting big man during his career, which has taken him from Philadelphia — drafted him with the 16th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft — to Memphis, Cleveland and Golden State before playing in Los Angeles last season.
Speights was a valuable player off the bench for the Warriors during their championship run in 2014-15, averaging a career-high 10.4 points to go with 4.3 rebounds per game.
The St. Petersburg, Fla. native has gained quite a bit of playoff experience, appearing in 60 postseason games in his NBA career.