The Orlando Magic on Monday signed two NBA D-League players to contracts for the rest of the season, the team announced. Patricio Garino and Marcus Georges-Hunt will join the club for its final five games. To make room for those two swingmen on the roster, Orlando waived C.J. Wilcox.
Garino owns per-game averages of 11.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and two assists per game in 49 appearances with the Austin Spurs. Prior to joining them, he participated in the 2016 Orlando Pro Summer League as part of the Magic’s White team.
Georges-Hunt appeared in 45 games for the Maine Red Claws, averaging 15.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists while shooting 39.2 percent on three-pointers. That performance earned him a trip to the NBA D-League All-Star Game in February.
As a result of these signings, the Magic will maintain some level of control over these two prospects’ immediate NBA futures. There’s not really a downside here, especially with only five games to play in a lost season. I strongly doubt, however, that whatever impact Garino and Georges-Hunt make in their Magic careers will overshadow the fallout from a since-deleted tweet sent by Garino’s agent following his signing, one which included in the background a whiteboard featuring names of potential Orlando trade and free-agent targets. On that front, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has comment from Magic general manager Rob Hennigan.