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The Orlando Magic will sign veteran guard Michael Carter-Williams for the remainder of the season, Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman tells Chris Hays of The Orlando Sentinel.
The second of Carter-Williams’ two 10-day contracts expires after Orlando’s game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
“So you are allowed two 10-days and after that you have to sign the player to a contract for the rest of the season, which we will do with Michael,” Weltman said. “Beyond that, as far as setting a roster for the playoffs, that’s bad karma to talk about right now. Let’s make the playoffs then we’ll talk about that.”
Carter-Williams has been carried on the Magic’s roster via a hardship exception. That is granted to teams that have at least four players who have missed at least three games and are expected to at least two more weeks.
For Carter-Williams to be playoff-eligible, Orlando will have to waive another player before the end of the regular season to hit the 15-man roster limit.
“I’d love to be here for the rest of the season,” Carter-Williams said. “I’m going into tonight focused on winning the ballgame. .I’m not worried about whether I play well tonight or whether that dictates me coming back or not. I’m just going out there and trying to do anything I can for the team.”
Heading into Wednesday’s game against New York, the Magic (38-40) were a half game behind the Miami Heat (38-39) for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Magic have four games remaining while the Heat have five.
Carter-Williams is averaging 5.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 18.1 minutes in eight games off the bench for the Magic, shooting 36.4 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line.
The former Syracuse standout carries career averages of 11.0 points, 4.5 boards, 4.6 dimes and 1.3 steals in 26.3 minutes in 311 games (192 starts), with a shooting line of 40.1/25.3/70.0.