January 9, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Orlando Magic forward DeQuan Jones (20) drives to the basket during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Romero Osby, DeQuan Jones Headed Overseas

 

With the NBA offseason slowly hitting it’s dog days, and most free agents finding homes, we see some players trying to find their way onto an NBA roster shift their focus to going overseas. For the Orlando Magic, the list of players with ties to the team — be it through the draft, preseason camp or Summer League — is slowly growing. Currently, five players with ties to the team over the past three years have committed to play overseas. Blow is a list of players who are going overseas, who they’ll be playing for and in what country: 

Player

Team

Country

Mickell Gladness  

Wollongong Hawks  

Australia 

Cameron Jones

Zenit

Russia

DeQuan Jones

Cantu

Italy

Romero Osby

Le Mans

France

Scott Suggs

Chalon

France

The two names that jump off the page right away are DeQuan Jones and Romero Osby. Jones played for the Magic during his rookie season in 2012, appearing in 63 games, scoring 3.7 points and grabbing 1.7 rebounds per game in 12.7 minutes of action. Jones was also on the Magic’s Summer League roster in 2013, and was invited to camp that same year, but was one of four cut in favor of big man Solomon Jones

Osby was the team’s second round selection in the 2013 draft, but never suited up for the team in the regular season after they waived him following their preseason finale last year. Osby did return to the Magic’s Summer League roster this summer, averaging 8.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in three contests. 

The next most recognizable name would be Cameron Jones. Jones, who played for the Santa Cruz Warriors last season, made an appearance on the Magic’s 2014 Summer League roster, impressing in the time he got on court. In three games, the former NBA D-League Most Improved Player averaged 7.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. 

Mickell Gladness, who had a cup of tea with the Magic during preseason camp in 2013, will be moving from Reno in the D-League to Australia. Galdness, one of the most prolific shot blockers in NCAA history, has played for both the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors, as well as the Magic. 

The final player, Scott Suggs, is one of three players from the Magic’s new NBA D-League affiliate Erie BayHawks to find himself moving overseas. Like Osby and Cam Jones, Suggs was on this year’s Summer League roster. However, Suggs struggled to find his way onto the court, playing in only two games and not scoring any points. The two other players from the BayHawks moving overseas will be Micah Downs and Terrence Jennings. 

It’s good to see all of these young players get a chance to hone their skills overseas against some very good competition. This could be just what all of these players need to find their way either back onto an NBA roster, or onto one for the first time in the case of Osby, Suggs, and Cam Jones. 

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