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Orlando Magic sign draft pick Romero Osby, plus free agents Joseph, Gladness, Harris and Jones

2013 September 27
by Brian Serra
Osby-Contract

Romero Osby signs his first NBA contract with the Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic have signed rookie forward Romero Osby, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. In addition to Osby, the Magic have signed free agents Mickell Gladness (#40, 6-11, 220, 7/26/86, Alabama A&M), Manny Harris (#3, 6-5, 185, 9/21/89, Michigan), Solomon Jones (#22, 6-10, 245, 7/16/84, South Florida) and Kris Joseph (#32, 6-7, 210, 12/17/88, Syracuse). The roster currently stands at 19 players, including Hedo Turkoglu who is likely to be waived prior to the start of the season.

It was previously reported that Michael Eric, a big man who played Summer League with the Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors, would be signed – but Gladness was signed in his place.

Osby (AHZ-bee, 6’8”, 230, 5/7/90) was selected by Orlando in the second round (51st overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft. He appeared and started in 63 career games during two seasons at the University of Oklahoma, averaging 14.4 ppg., 7.2 rpg. and 1.1 apg. in 29.4 minpg., while shooting .509 (321-631) from the field. Osby also played in 71 games (three starts) in two seasons at Mississippi State University, averaging 4.2 ppg. and 2.6 rpg. in 12.8 minpg.

Orlando begins the preseason in Jacksonville, Florida against New Orleans on Wednesday, October 9. The Magic will host their preseason home opener at the Amway Center on Friday, October 11 against Cleveland. Tip-off is 7 p.m. The Magic open the 2013-14 regular season at Indiana on Tuesday, October 29. Orlando’s regular season home opener will be on Friday, November 1 against New Orleans.

The Magic will also host an “Open House” at Amway Center, which will be free to the public, on Saturday, October 12 from noon-3 p.m. For more information, you can visit OrlandoMagic.com.

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