After dominating in early Summer League practices and games, former Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe has done enough to earn a multi-year contract with the Orlando Magic.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the deal back on July 5.
Free agent guard Isaiah Briscoe has agreed to a deal with the Orlando Magic, league sources tell ESPN. Briscoe, 22, impressed in a team mini-camp recently. He worked way back onto NBA radar after an outstanding season in Estonia.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 5, 2018
The contract is for the NBA minimum $582,180 per year for three seasons, with $500,000 guaranteed in the first year.
Isaiah Briscoe got three years from the Magic at the minimum – this season is $500k guaranteed – final two non-guaranteed with different step up dates down the road @BBallInsiders
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) July 7, 2018
This afternoon, Briscoe made the agreement official with the Magic by signing on the dotted line.
He released the following picture on his Instagram page:
According to his Twitter account, Briscoe will wear the same No. 13 jersey he wore at Kentucky with the Magic.
— Slim Bz (@ZayBriscoe) July 10, 2018
While most analysts are talking about free agent point guard Isaiah Thomas potentially joining the backcourt in Orlando, some are already penciling in the former Wildcat in the starting lineup:
— Magic Cast (@magiccastpod) July 10, 2018
To be honest, everyone wanted Isaiah Thomas, but we got a way better defender in Isaiah Briscoe. He’s looked pretty good in SL.
— Tristan (@BambaToOrlando) July 9, 2018
Isaiah Briscoe might be the Isaiah that Orlando actually needed ?
— Bryan Folk (@bryanfolk) July 9, 2018
And his numbers back that up.
He got things started with a 16-point, four-assist Summer League debut against the Brooklyn Nets, and then followed it up with a 9-4-3 stat line in game two against the Memphis Grizzlies. He suffered a minor shin injury in game three that will likely keep him out for the rest of the summer.
Check out his full highlights from his standout game against the Nets:
And while we’re at it, relive Briscoe’s ridiculous Peach Jam highlight reel from 2014 before he got to Kentucky.
Isaiah Briscoe at Peach Jam (2014)
— Classic KY (@KY_Clips) July 10, 2018