Dave Twardzik, the Orlando Magic assistant General Manager, is currently scouting the NBA D-League Showcase, but is not there to look at any specific player or position, a source told Orlando Pinstriped Post.
The D-League Showcase is an annual event that brings all D-League teams together in one place for several games, as well as a dunk contest and three-point shootout. It's standard for NBA teams to send a representative to scout these events, the source said, just in case anything interesting happens, which is why Twardzik is there.
Under Otis Smith, the team's President of Basketball Operations, the Magic have used the D-League sparingly, only assigning Marcin Gortat and Daniel Orton to Orlando's affiliate during his five-year tenure; he has not called up any prospects yet.
Orlando's most pressing need at the moment is for another big man to back up franchise center Dwight Howard, but Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy agree the available free-agent pool leaves a lot to be desired, so they've yet to make any moves. Given Smith's track record, it's unlikely the Magic will sign any player based solely on his D-League Showcase performance.
On January 5th, NBA teams became eligible to sign players to ten-day contracts. The Dallas Mavericks, L.A. Clippers, and Phoenix Suns took advantage of this opportunity by inking Sasha Pavlovic, Jarron Collins, and Zabian Dowdell, respectively. Of those players, only Dowdell has D-League experience.
One player available for Orlando to sign is 6-foot-7 power forward Jeff Adrien, who played for its summer-league team in 2010 and hit the free-agent market last month when the Golden State Warriors waived him in order to make room for Acie Law IV. Adrien collected 50 rebounds in his 162 minutes with Golden State, making him a strong candidate for a future call-up. The 24-year-old's exceptional work on the glass compensates for his lack of size and consequent poor finishing skill. If the Magic aren't interested, at least one other team will be.