The Orlando Magic waived Solomon Jones on Saturday, one day after releasing Hedo Turkoglu. The veteran power forward was a Florida native, but failed to make an impact this year. Lost among the big man depth, Jones played in only 11 games this season, connecting on a dreadful 35.3% of his field goals. His contract was not guaranteed, meaning that if the Magic waived him before January 7th, they would not owe him the remainder of his contract. This move goes beyond a simple salary dump of an inefficient player. In combination with Hedo Turkoglu’s release, waiving Solomon Jones gives the Magic two open roster slots giving the team flexibility moving forward to improve via free agency or a trade.
It is no coincidence that the players the Magic released were both veterans. This team is getting younger, and while they value veteran leadership, they won’t keep an inefficient old guy just for the sake of it. This also means that the Magic are unlikely to sign any veteran free agents. Instead look for them to heavily scout the D-League, using non-guaranteed, 15-day contracts as tryouts. Many Magic fans are hoping that the team resigns 2nd round draft pick Romero Osby, but consider that possibility highly unlikely. Osby failed to impress over the summer, and his D-League play has been even worse.
The Magic may also keep the roster slim with the hopes of using that flexibility in a trade. The Magic’s most attractive trade chip is Arron Afflalo, and the team is looking for young prospects and draft picks in return. By keeping the roster at 13 players, the Magic can absorb multiple prospects or filler in return.
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