There will come a day when the Magic sign someone under 6-foot-8 and with a wingspan less than 7-feet. But that day is not today.
The Magic are set to use their second and final two-way contract on Amile Jefferson, a 6-9 forward who went undrafted out of Duke in 2017 and spent the 2017-2018 season playing for the Timberwolves’ G-League affiliate.
Free agent forward Amile Jefferson has agreed to a two-way NBA contract with the Orlando Magic, league sources tell Yahoo. The former Duke standout finished last season on two-way with the Timberwolves.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 27, 2018
Jefferson, with a 7’0 wingspan, led the G-League in rebounding last season with 12.9 boards per game, and also averaged 17.8 points on 62.5 percent shooting. He also led the summer league in rebounding earlier this month at 12.6 rebounds per game.
Our guy @AmileJefferson led the G League in rebounding this season. And then he went to Vegas and led the Summer League in rebounding. And also he's an all-world teammate. Just FYI to the NBA clubs out there. #DukeintheNBA pic.twitter.com/pIm3FmsuEz— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) July 19, 2018
Under a two-way contract, Jefferson is allowed to spend 45 days on the Magic roster, meaning the bulk of his season will likely be spent with the Lakeland Magic. Same for Troy Caupain, who the Magic signed to a two-way contract earlier this month.
The addition of Jefferson makes the Magic’s frontcourt depth chart even deeper (too deep??).
Given the logjam at the center position, one would think Jefferson will get minutes at power forward behind Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac and the recently acquired Jarell Martin.
Jefferson averaged 10.9 points and 8.4 rebounds in his senior season at Duke. He brings rebounding, rim protection, strong pick-and-roll defense, and most importantly in the eyes of Jeff Weltman and John Hammond, wingspan!
Jeff Weltman and John Hammond when they learned that Amile Jefferson has a 7'0 wingspan... pic.twitter.com/vlsbYr2hhX— Orlando Pinstriped Post (@OPPMagicBlog) July 28, 2018
Jefferson seems well worth a flyer, but bringing in another big in no way satisfies those Magic fans clamoring for an upgrade at point guard. The signing also signifies that Justin Jackson, the Magic’s second round pick who missed most of the 2017-2018 season in Maryland because of a shoulder injury, will probably spend the season with Lakeland.
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