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July 10, 2019, 9:30 pmKhem BirchTeam, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch officially re-signed with Orlando to a two-year $6 million contract.
Birch will be stationed behind Nikola Vucevic and Mo Bamba as the team's 3rd string center. Though he has talent, he won't hold fantasy value unless injury makes way for him in the rotation.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
July 9, 2019, 10:26 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal to remain in Orlando.
Birch emerged as a defensive anchor in Orlando's second unit, standing out as a high-energy big who can protect the rim. His averages of 4.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 0.6 blocks aren't all that impressive for fantasy purposes, however, and Birch is looking at a tough battle for minutes with Nikola Vucevic re-signed and Mo Bamba back at full health. Deep-league fantasy owners were hoping to see Birch land a bigger offer from another team.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 25, 2019, 5:08 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
The Magic have extended qualifying offers to C Khem Birch and F Amile Jefferson, rendering both restricted free agents ahead of free agency which is set to begin on June 30th.
Birch, who averaged 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in just 12.9 minutes per game this past season, is seemingly a priority for the Magic to bring back, and now they'll get the opportunity to match any contracts he may fetch from other teams. Jefferson was in the G-League for the majority of the season, where he was very productive. Both may take on larger roles, should they stay with the Magic, as star C Nikola Vucevic is an unrestricted free agent.
Source: Magic PR on Twitter
June 4, 2019, 3:02 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that the Magic will attempt to re-sign second-year center Khem Birch this summer, and they will almost assuredly make him a qualifying offer which would render Birch a restricted free agent.
The Magic won't be the only suitors for Birch's services after he averaged 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in just 12.9 minutes per game this season. The 76ers were known to express interest in the exciting second-year big man this season, and could very well be one of several to look at him this summer.
Source: The Athletic
April 10, 2019, 11:06 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch started for Nikola Vucevic (illness) in Wednesday's season finale but had a quiet night with five points and six rebounds in 23 minutes.
Birch disappointed DFS players tonight but he established himself as a quality NBA player this year and is the defensive anchor of Orlando's second unit. The Canadian finishes the season with top-300/280 value (8/9-cat) on a per-game basis and ended up in a the same range in terms of total value despite playing only 49 games. The injury to Mo Bamba allowed Birch to become a regular, and he ended up with 6.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 0.7 blocks in 15.2 mpg over those 29 contests. Orlando's not a great spot for depth centers to produce, but Birch proved himself a capable defender and helped out some deep-league owners along the way.
April 5, 2019, 10:19 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch produced six points, three rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 14 minutes on Friday night.
Birch now has at least one swat in each of his last five games and will continue to hold down deep-league specialist value as the defensive anchor in Orlando's quality second unit.
March 30, 2019, 10:14 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch logged 16 minutes on Saturday night and posted 10 points, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks against the Pacers.
Birch has always been a solid per-minute producer of defensive stats and came through tonight against a tough opposing frontcourt. Despite getting all the backup center minutes in the wake of Mo Bamba's injury, this was Birch's first game with more than one defensive stat since March 14. Nikola Vucevic has obviously dominated the playing time here, but Birch is a name to know in deeper leagues if you're streaming for blocks.
February 24, 2019, 6:21 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch logged 17 minutes in Sunday's road victory, posting four points, four rebounds, two steals and a block.
Birch was all over the place on defense and had a couple more blocks that were called goaltending, though they were close. He's been doing a nice job of anchoring Orlando's defense in the second unit and is a deep-league blocks specialist.
February 5, 2019, 11:41 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch scored eight points on 3-of-5 shooting with five rebounds and one steal in 14 minutes off the bench on Tuesday against the Thunder.
Birch is on the radar if Nikola Vucevic gets dealt but there are way too many ifs for owners to have him on stash lists outside of very deep formats.
January 18, 2019, 9:52 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba (left foot soreness) returned to action after missing four games and finished Friday’s loss to the Nets with nine points, one 3, four boards and a block in a typical 15 minutes.
Khem Birch, who had been filling in for Bamba, was wiped from the rotation with a DNP for any very deep-league guys using him. As for Bamba, he’ll stay at about 15-18 minutes a game (and remain a deep-league source of blocks) unless Nikola Vucevic’s minutes are reduced as the Magic continue to fall out of playoff contention. Vooch had 16 points, 17 rebounds and six assists in the loss.
January 12, 2019, 9:39 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
With Mo Bamba (sore left foot) out on Saturday, the Magic turned to Khem Birch off their bench and he delivered a solid performance in 18 minutes with four points, 10 rebounds, one assist and four blocks.
He's seen a minor uptick in usage lately but this is his first real noteworthy performance. Bamba is not expected to be out long, so Birch's appeal is most likely going to disappear in a puff of smoke in due time.
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