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Orlando Magic to sign Damjan Rudez for training camp, according to report

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The sharpshooting Croatian will have a chance to earn a spot on the Magic’s roster.

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The Orlando Magic will bring Damjan Rudez to training camp with them, reports Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel.

Other media outlets had reported that Rudez had reached an agreement with Orlando, but those reports are false, says Schmitz; Rudez will join Orlando for training camp and will have a chance to make its opening-night roster, but he is not guaranteed a spot on the team.

Rudez, 30, has played with the Indiana Pacers--where he played for new Magic coach Frank Vogel--and Minnesota Timberwolves across two NBA seasons. The 6-foot-9 forward is known for his outside shooting prowess, as evidenced by his career 39.1 percent mark on three-point tries. He owns per-game averages of 3.9 points and 0.7 rebounds in 13.1 minutes.

Rudez posted the two highest-scoring games of his career against the Magic, with both occasions coming as a Pacer during the 2014/15 season.

Orlando badly needs outside shooting to complement its three-headed monster of powerful interior players in Nikola Vucevic, Bismack Biyombo, and Serge Ibaka. Should Rudez impress in camp, he could serve as a utility forward off the bench to spell Aaron Gordon and Jeff Green.