Bucks working out some new big men

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There might be no better spot to land right now for a D-League player than Milwaukee. To be plucked from the too-small bus seats and hotel rooms to play for a team nobody wants to face in the first round of the NBA playoffs is about as good as it gets.

Alexander Johnson and Shavlik Randolph are competing for that dream, according to the ridiculously good Ridiculous Upside.

Sources close to the situation have confirmed that Sioux Falls Skyforce forward Alexander Johnson and former Portland Trail Blazers bigman Shavlik Randolph competed in a tryout Monday with the Milwaukee Bucks for a potential roster spot.

It sounds like Johnson… had the better tryout, beating Randolph in three of the four “one-on-one type games.”

Johnson — 6’9″ and 240 pounds, with a real NBA body — has been tearing up the D-League, averaging 23 points and 12 boards a game.

The Bucks were expected to add someone to the roster for a little more depth during their playoff push (although rotations tighten in the playoffs and likely this person will never see the floor). Originally it was thought they would add a swingman type, but apparently some front line depth also is being considered. 

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.