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NBA Draft 2014: Orlando Magic interest in Marcus Smart waning, according to report

The sophomore guard had two workouts in Orlando.

Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart
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Though the Orlando Magic reportedly had Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart in for two workouts in advance of the 2014 NBA Draft, a new report indicates the team's interest in the sophomore is flagging.

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"[A]fter two workouts there is a sense that neither went particularly well and that Smart may no longer be the guy," writes Basketball Insiders publisher Steve Kyler. "No one will say he had a bad showing, but there is a sense that there were things the Magic expected to see and did not."

Smart averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 2.9 steals per game in his second season as a Cowboy. He shot 42.2 percent from the floor, 29.9 percent from three-point range on more than five attempts per game, and 72.8 percent from the foul line. The Texas native could potentially address the Magic's need for help in the backcourt.

Conversely, says Kyler, at least two prospects have risen in the Magic's estimation: Australian guard Dante Exum and Indiana big man Noah Vonleh. Both players "were said to have impressed in their workouts" with the Magic.

Orlando owns the fourth and 12th overall picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, set for Thursday, June 26th.

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