The Magic have just 13 players with guaranteed salaries and had been quiet about filling their roster.
Now, Orlando is making its public splash by announcing six players who’ve signed what are likely unguaranteed or barely guaranteed deals. One or two will presumably claim the final two regular-season roster spots.
The Orlando Magic have signed six free agents: forward Cliff Alexander, forward Branden Dawson, guard Nick Johnson, guard Kevin Murphy, center Arinze Onuaku (ah-RIN-zay on-ooh-AH-koo) and forward Damjan Rudez (DAHM-yahn ROO-dezh)
Alexander was a highly touted recruit who played only a limited role his lone year at Kansas. He went undrafted last year then spent the season with the Trail Blazers, playing just eight NBA games. He’s an undersized big who can block shots and finish at the rim, but he must develop the rest of his game.
Dawson was arrested for domestic violence while with the Clippers last season, but he wasn’t charged, prosecutors citing lack of evidence. An undersized power forward, he also barely played last year.
Johnson fell out of the NBA after spending his rookie season, 2014-15, with the Rockets. At 6-foot-3, he’s an undersized shooting guard without a reliable 3-pointer or a point guard without enough distributing skills. His ability to attack off the dribble gives him a chance.
Murphy, a shooting guard, has played overseas and in the D-League since a one-year stint with the Jazz in 2012-13 coming out of Tennessee Tech.
Onuaku has had cups of coffee with the Pelicans, Cavaliers and Timberwolves. At 29, he’ll have to prove himself based on current production rather than upside.
Rudez’s signing was previously reported.