Tag: Victor Oladipo

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Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green among new players invited to play for USA Basketball


USA Basketball is holding a minicamp in Las Vegas later this summer, and seven new players have received invitations to participate.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

Sources told ESPN.com that USAB has extended invitations to Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, Memphis ‘ Mike Conley, Golden State’s Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes, Orlando’s Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo and Utah’s Trey Burke to its Aug. 11-13 camp on the campus of UNLV.

USA Basketball is run like a college program, and with somewhat of an iron fist. Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski take their responsibilities very seriously, and expect unflinching loyalty and obedience out of the players who want to participate.

More from Stein:

Colangelo stressed that USA Basketball is making attendance at the three-day event mandatory for invited players if they are interested in securing a spot on the Yanks’ 12-man roster for next summer’s Olympics in Brazil, even if the player is rehabilitating from an injury or otherwise not yet cleared to join in on-court activities.

USAB already knows that Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Indiana’s Paul George and the Cleveland Cavaliers duo of Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will not be ready to take part in basketball activities at the camp, because they are recovering from their various serious injuries from the past year. But Colangelo’s view is that “it’s important for everyone to be here as a sign of commitment for ’16.”

This seems like a needless power play, but again, it’s how things are done. And with only so many highly-coveted roster spots to go around for the Olympics in 2016, you can bet that a Vegas trip in the middle of August will be in just about everyone’s plans.

Magic’s Mario Hezonja throws down poster dunk at Summer League (VIDEO)

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Last season, Magic fans were treated to some impressive dunks from Victor Oladipo.

This year, it may be rookie Mario Hezonja’s turn.

The rookie and No. 5 pick showed off the ability to attack the rim and throw it down at the Orlando Summer League on Monday. You have to like this guy’s confidence and willingness to attack, that is something he can build an impressive NBA game around.

Report: C.J. Watson agrees to three-year deal with Magic

Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

The Magic has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with guard C.J. Watson, a source told Yahoo.

Orlando has nice young point guard talent in Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton, and Watson’s veteran presence can potentially help them along.

Watson will be playing for his fifth team as he enters his ninth NBA season, but has earned positive reviews and a solid reputation everywhere he’s been.

Watson averaged 10 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 24.9 minutes per contest with the Pacers last season, while knocking down 40 percent of his shots from three-point distance.