The Orlando Magic announced on Thursday they have re-signed Damjan Rudez. As is team policy, Orlando did not disclose terms of the contract, but Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports it’s a non-guaranteed deal, meaning Rudez will have to make the team’s roster in training camp.
Rudez, 31, made 45 appearances for the Magic in the 2016/17 season, averaging 1.8 points in seven minutes per game. Though his stock-in-trade is outside shooting, the Croatian forward connected on just 31.3 percent of his three-point attempts, and treys accounted for more than 70 percent of his total field-goal tries.
A three-point specialist who struggles to make three-pointers isn’t exactly en vogue, which is why the Magic were able to retain Rudez on the cheap. They have to hope he’ll show more accuracy in camp, and there’s reason to believe Rudez will come around: his career three-point percentage is a robust 39.1 percent.
Nonetheless, Rudez faces a tough road to earn a roster spot. Orlando is well stocked at power forward and center, with Nikola Vucevic, Bismack Biyombo, Marreese Speights, and Aaron Gordon figuring to log a majority of the minutes at those positions. Throw in the rookie Jonathan Isaac and the G League player Adreian Payne and you’ve got six guys vying for 96 minutes between the two positions on a nightly basis.