Magic extend qualifying offers to Evan Fournier, Dewayne Dedmon


ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic have extended qualifying offers to center Dewayne Dedmon and guard/forward Evan Fournier, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced Wednesday.  Per team policy, terms of the deals are not disclosed.

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By extending qualifying offers to Dedmon and Fournier prior to the June 30 deadline, Orlando owns the right to match any offer sheet they may sign with another team.  Both players will become restricted free agents on July 1.

Dedmon (7’0", 245, 8/12/89) played in 58 games (20 starts) with Orlando last season, averaging 4.4 ppg. and 3.9 rpg. in 12.2 minpg., while shooting .559 (99-177) from the floor.  He led (or tied) the team in scoring once and in rebounding four times.  Dedmon scored in double figures eight times, including a career-high 18 points (also had season-high 13 rebounds) on Mar. 26 vs. Chicago.

Undrafted by an NBA franchise, Dedmon has appeared in 148 career NBA regular season games (41 starts) with Golden State, Philadelphia and Orlando, averaging 3.8 ppg. and 4.4 rpg. in 13.1 minpg., while shooting .540 (228-422) from the field.  He was originally signed as a free agent by the Magic to a 10-day contract on Feb. 25, 2014.

Fournier (6’7", 205, 10/29/92) appeared in 79 games (71 starts) with Orlando last season, averaging a career-high 15.4 ppg., 2.8 rpg., 2.7 apg. and 1.22 stlpg. in a career-high 32.5 minpg., while shooting a team-high .400 (156-390) from three-point range and a team-high .836 (199-238) from the free throw line.  He was tied for 17th in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage and ranked 35th in free throw percentage.  Fournier led (or tied) the team in scoring 19 times, in rebounding once and in assists seven times.  He scored in double figures 61 times, had 20+ points 24 times and had 30+ points twice, including a career-high 30 points on Nov. 3 @ New Orleans and Mar. 15 vs. Denver.

Originally selected by Denver in the first round (20th overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft, Fournier has appeared in 251 career NBA regular season games (111 starts) with Denver and Orlando, averaging 11.0 ppg., 2.5 rpg. and 2.0 apg. in 24.5 minpg., while shooting .389 (352-906) from three-point range.  He was acquired by the Magic along with the draft rights to Devyn Marble from Denver in exchange for Arron Afflalo on June 26, 2014.