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Victor Oladipo

Report: Victor Oladipo to miss a month following surgery to repair facial fracture


Victor Oladipo finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting last season, but he’s already experiencing his fair share of a sophomore jinx before his second season has even begun.

Oladipo suffered an MCL sprain earlier in the preseason, and that alone had his availability for opening night in question. Once he finally returned to practice, he caught an elbow to the face, which caused a fracture that required surgery.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

After undergoing surgery to repair a facial fracture, Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo is expected to miss a month of the season, a league sources told Yahoo Sports. …

He had the surgical procedure on Saturday.

For the Magic, Oladipo’s loss is a significant blow and adds to the burden on promising rookie Elfrid Payton Jr., who will take on a more significant role in Oladipo’s absence.

Oladipo was forced into a point guard role last year due to roster constraints, but while he played just fine overall, he was below average at running the offense or finding his teammates for high-percentage shots.

This season is supposed to be different; with Payton in place and the addition of Luke Ridnour, Oladipo should be able to return to his natural position of shooting guard, which should be exciting.

The bad news for Magic fans is that it looks like we’ll have to wait at least a month to see how it plays out.

Oladipo, the second overall pick in the 2013 draft, averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 31.1 minutes per contest last season.

67RIEFNS No. 35: K.J. McDaniels testing the second-round system

2014 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

The NBA is full of talent, personality and suspense. During the offseason, It’s easy to forget how wonderful the league can be. So, I’ve assembled 67 Reasons I’m Excited For Next Season (67RIEFNS). They’ll be presented in no particular order.

Unlike first-round draft picks, second rounders don’t have a set salary scale. They’re free to negotiate with the team that drafted them for any contract between the NBA minimum and maximum as long as the team has enough room.

Obviously, they typically get much closer to the minimum. High second-round picks often get a couple seasons guaranteed, the first season slightly above the minimum salary with an unguaranteed third year if the team has enough cap space. It can vary quite a bit.

Players have one – rarely used – source of leverage. In order to maintain exclusive negotiating rights with a player, a team must extend him a required tender. A required tender is a one-year contract. That’s the only criterion. So, of course, those required tenders are usually for a minimum salary and fully unguaranteed.

That way, if a team fails to offer a satisfactory multi-year deal, the player can always accept the required tender and become a free agent after only one season (or sooner, if waived). It’s a last resort.

It’s also the route K.J. McDaniels took.

McDaniels left Clemson early, and I considered him a worthy of a late first rounder. Instead, he slipped to No. 32, where the 76ers drafted him.

Philadelphia wanted to sign McDaniels – according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein – to a four-year contract with the first two seasons guaranteed and the second two unguaranteed.

We don’t know exactly how much money the 76ers offered McDaniels in each season of the deal, but they gave another second-round pick – Jerami Grant – a contract that fit that format. Grant will make $377,543 more than the rookie minimum ($507,336) this season and the minimum in the three subsequent seasons. Presumably, McDaniels – picked seven spots higher than Grant – would have gotten at least that much.

Essentially, if Grant is a bust, Philadelphia will have to pay him more than they were required to offer. If he succeeds, the 76ers will have him at a discount on the latter seasons of the deal. It’s a low-risk, high-reward bet by Philadelphia. In exchange, Grant – who has never played professionally – gets more guaranteed money.

Given a similar choice, McDaniels opted for the one-year, unguaranteed tender.

McDaniels is the only 2014 second rounder to sign with an NBA team without receiving any guaranteed salary. His 2014-15 salary is also lower than the players drafted around him.

Here are all 17 second-round picks who’ve signed with their 2014-15 base salary (blue) and total guarantee (red):


Pick Team Player 2014-15 salary Total guarantee
31 MIL Damien Inglis $820,000 $1,675,000
32 PHI K.J. McDaniels $507,336 $0
33 CLE Joe Harris $884,879 $1,729,938
34 NYK Cleanthony Early $507,336 $1,352,395
35 UTA Jarnell Stokes $725,000 $1,570,059
36 MIL Johnny O’Bryant III $600,000 $1,445,059
38 DET Spencer Dinwiddie $700,000 $1,545,059
39 PHI Jerami Grant $884,879 $1,729,938
40 MIN Glenn Robinson III $507,336 $250,000
42 HOU Nick Johnson $507,336 $2,332,826
44 BRK Markel Brown $507,336 $507,336
45 BOS Dwight Powell $507,336 $507,336
46 LAL Jordan Clarkson $507,336 $507,336
47 NOP Russ Smith $507,336 $507,336
49 CHI Cameron Bairstow $507,336 $932,336
56 ORL Roy Devyn Marble $884,879 $884,879
60 SAS Cory Jefferson $507,336 $75,000

Salary data via Basketball Insiders

McDaniels picked the right team to take this chance.

Players with unguaranteed contracts are usually the first cut when a team need to hit the roster limit, but the 76ers are so far below the salary floor, they can waive players with guaranteed contracts over those with unguaranteed contracts without financial consequence.

The tanking 76ers also have a barren roster, making it easier for McDaniels to earn playing time. He’s going to become a free agent by next summer, and he should have a chance to establish his value on the court.

This is probably a near-perfect storm, and I don’t see many second-round picks accepting the required tender. But it’s interesting to see just McDaniels take this path, and if he succeeds, others could follow.

Report: Tobias Harris won’t sign contract extension, would get Nike bonus by playing in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles

Tobias Harris, J.R. Smith

The Magic have already signed Nikola Vucevic to a rookie-scale contract extension.

How about one of their extension-eligible fourth-year players?

Tobias Harris said he wants to remain in Orlando, but there could be complications.

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

Key question: How long does Harris’ Nike contract run? How much more does it pay him to play in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles?

If he doesn’t sign an extension with the Magic, Harris will be a restricted free agent after the season, meaning they can match any offer he receives. So even if the Knicks, Bulls, Lakers or Clippers want him and signs him to an offer sheet, Orlando could match it – and, presumably, prevent him from getting the Nike bonus.

If Harris’ Nike contract runs through 2016-17 and his big-city raise is high enough, maybe he’d consider taking his qualifying offer and becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2016 – right when the new national TV deals are set to lift the salary cap. Then, he’d have more control over getting to New York, Chicago or Los Angeles – though a team in one of those cities would still have to sign him.

Of course, this could all be a negotiating ploy. Who outside of Harris’ camp would have access to his Nike contract with the incentive to leak the details? Maybe someone fed Broussard the information in order to persuade the Magic to make a better extension offer (which would raise questions about the accuracy of the report). After all, Harris is on record saying he wants to stay in Orlando.