Report: Magic to sign Damjan Rudez

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The Magic have a few stretch fours – or at least players who could fit the rough outline of a stretch four:

Now, Orlando is adding a stretch four who’s a far-superior shooter:

Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.net:

Free agent Croatian forward Damjan Rudez has a deal for a next season contract with the Orlando Magic. According to Eurohoops sources the two sides agreed to terms and the official announcement is expected soon.

Rudez would give the Magic 14 players – still one shy of the regular-season limit. So, he could make the regular-season roster, though Orlando might not stop here. Rudez’s salary is likely only partially guaranteed.

He’s an impressive outside shooter, hitting 39% of his 3-pointers in two seasons with the Pacers and Timberwolves. But he’s a hilariously bad rebounder for a 6-foot-10 player, and his other skills are unremarkably inadequate.

The Magic could try playing him more at small forward to compensate for his lack of strength, but his lack of speed would become a larger issue. Rudez’s minus athleticism will hold him back, especially considering he’s already 30.

Still, 3-point shooting is such a coveted skill in big men. It makes a small gamble on Rudez reasonable.