Cross Beno & DeQuan Off Next Season’s Roster
As we all expected, Orlando will not be seeking to retain Beno Udrih’s point guard services for next season. The Slovenian is an unrestricted free agent and his name will start popping up on the rumor mill. Beno was part of the Redick deal with Milwaukee that brought in Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb along with the 31-year-old. Udrih started nine of his 27 showings in a Magic uniform, averaging a sturdy and respectable 10.2 ppg and 6.2 apg. Beno made $7.3 million last season and will be seeking on last sizable NBA contract near that figure. For an Orlando team looking to shed salary and stay young, it’s the correct move by Rob Hennigan and crew to let Udrih walk.
Thanks Mr. Hennigan, Coach Vaughn & the entire coaching staff for bringing me to ORL. It has been a great experience with the organization.
— Dequan Jones (@Dequan20Jones) July 12, 2013
Despite saving his best Summer League showing for the final day on Friday, DeQuan Jones won’t be offered another contract to stay with Orlando. Nor will D.J. get a training camp invite. As we expected, Jones went out with plenty of class on Twitter. That’ll go a long way for Jones to remain an NBA player. The undrafted rookie out of Miami last summer played 63 games and started 17 contests. An inspirational journey for sure and a humble individual. Orlando is seeking point guard and big man depth, and this appears more to be a roster clearing move than any indication of Orlando’s dissatisfaction with Jones. The business of this league. Keep an eye on Magic Summer League players A.J. Slaughter, Rodney McGruder, and even Shane Lawal as October training camp invitations could be extended their way.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.