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Orlando Magic Acquire Justin Harper's Draft Rights

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(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Orlando Magic have yet to make their lone selection (53rd overall) in tonight's NBA Draft, but are working on a trade to acquire the draft rights to 6-foot-8 forward Justin Harper from the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a source. This trade is not final, but the source did indicate the deal would not cost the Magic the 53rd pick. In all likelihood, the Magic would send two future second-round picks to Cleveland. The Cavaliers selected Harper with the 32nd overall pick.

UPDATE: the trade for Harper's rights is official. The Magic sent two future second-round picks to the Cavaliers for them.

Harper, 21, averaged 17.9 points and 6.9 boards as a senior for Richmond this season. He shot 53.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from three-point range. His ability to swing between both forward positions makes him a fit, in theory, for Stan Van Gundy's floor-spreading offense. Orlando will get a risk-free look at Harper if this trade goes through, as second-round draft picks do not have guaranteed contracts.

Last season, Orlando used the 59th overall pick to select Stanley Robinson, an athletic combo forward from Connecticut. He did not make the team out of training camp, though the team appreciated his work ethic and approach, as it instead elected to keep journeyman center Malik Allen as its 13th man.

The NBA Draft is still ongoing and Orlando is due to pick at 53.