Despite missing out on an opportunity to meet with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid, the Orlando Magic are making the rounds at the NBA Draft Combine. Led by general manager Rob Hennigan, Orlando’s six man crew is getting a chance to go in-depth with some of the other top prospects in this years draft.
According to the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins, the Magic met with big man Julius Randle on Wednesday night, and had plans to meet with big man Noah Vonleh and guards Dante Exum and Marcus Smart on Thursday night. Robbins also reported that the Magic wanted to interview guard Nik Stauskas, but due to high demand were unable to. They will be able to interview him if they host him for a private workout prior to the draft.
It’s thought that Exum could be the player that the Magic are targeting with their first of two lottery picks. Exum could come in and start at point guard and allow 2013 first round pick Victor Oladipo move back to his more customary off-guard spot. Smart, whom the team reportedly had on top of their draft board last season before he chose to return to school, could be a potential target if the team does not select Exum with their first pick and he falls to their second pick.
It was also reported by Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders that the Magic met with point guard Elfrid Payton on Wednesday night as well.
Teams are allowed to interview 18 players in total at the combine.
Brendan F. Quinn also reported that the franchise met with former Michigan wing Glen Robinson III on Wednesday night.
Robbins reported that the team has interviewed forward Aaron Gordon, and has plans to meet with big man James McAdoo Friday night. Guard Jordan Adams told Robbins that he has interviewed with the Magic as well.
Robbins also reported that Exum, whom the team met with Thursday night, said the interview went “well,” and that the team would like to bring him to Central Florida for a visit.
General manager Rob Hennigan told Robbins that “the team would begin to bring players to Central Florida for workouts and more extensive interviews during the week of Memorial Day.”
Check back with Presto In The Paint for continued updates on the Magic’s activity at the combine, and for more draft coverage over the next month.