Orlando Magic waive Romero Osby, three others. Turkoglu, Jones remain.
With the preseason officially over for the Orlando Magic, the team made their final roster cuts late Friday night. Romero Osby, Orlando’s 2013 second round pick out of the University of Oklahoma, was one of the surprises to not make the roster and was placed on waivers. Manny Harris, Kris Joseph and Mickell Gladness were also waived, to no surprise.
Romero Osby’s removal from the roster cleared space for veteran backup big man Solomon Jones to make the opening night roster. Jones outplayed Osby, as well as Gladness and Kyle O’Quinn, throughout the preseason to force the front office to make the tough decision to cut Osby.
Romero averaged 5.7 points and 4 rebounds per game in six preseason games and Solomon Jones averaged 4.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. While neither stat line jumps out at you, Jones’ ability to defend the center position gives the seven-year veteran a gigantic edge with limited roster spots available. Osby, while an extremely hard worker and athletic player, didn’t have an NBA position. While plenty of guys in the league fall into that category, it’s really hard to make it with the lack of an elite skill. Osby does a lot of things very good, but none great. His ultimate downfall – for now.
The team also has not reached a buyout with Hedo Turkoglu yet and the writing on the wall seems to be that the front office will keep him around as a trade piece until his salary becomes fully guaranteed in January. Jones’ salary will also be non-guaranteed until January.