Orlando Exercises Team Options on Hezonja, Gordon, and Payton

The Orlando Magic announced on Tuesday that they have exercised their 3rd-year team option on Mario Hezonja, as well as exercising 4th-year team options on Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton. All three players are now signed through the 2017-2018 season. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, but still important news.

The 21-year-old Gordon played in 78 games – starting 37 of them – last season with the Magic, averaging 9.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, and 1.6 apg. The 6’9″ forward will be making about $4.35 million in ’16-’17, and about $5.5 million in ’17-’18. Originally selected #4 in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Magic, Aaron has appeared in 125 career regular season games (45 starts) with averages of 7.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and 1.3 apg.

The 21-year-old Hezonja played in 79 games – starting 9 of them – in his rookie campaign, averaging 6.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, and 1.4 apg. The 6’8″ wing will be making about $3.9 million in ’16-’17, and about four million dollars in ’17-’18. Mario was chosen 5th overall in the 2015 Draft by the Magic.

The 22-year-old Payton played in 73 games – starting 69 of them – last season with the Magic, averaging 10.7 ppg, a team-high 6.4 apg, 3.6 rpg, and 1.2 spg. The 6’4″ point guard will be making about $2.6 million in ’16-’17, and about $3.3 million in ’17-’18. Originally selected 10th in the 2014 NBA Draft by Philadelphia, Payton was acquired that same evening by Orlando in exchange for Dario Saric, a 1st round pick, and a 2nd round pick. Elfrid has appeared in 155 career regular season games (132 starts), averaging 9.7 ppg, 6.5 apg, 3.9 rpg, and 1.5 spg. EP was named to the 2014-2015 NBA All-Rookie First Team, and finished fourth in voting for Rookie of the Year.

No word yet on offseason acquisition C.J. Wilcox. The Magic have until October 31st to make a decision on his team option.

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