The Orlando Magic took a step towards finalizing their regular season roster on Wednesday when they waived guard Morris Almond. Not sure if this is being reported anywhere else yet, but I have it from multiple sources that his days with the Magic are done.
Almond, who is still listed on the Magic’s Web site, has received very little playing time so far this preseason, appearing in just four games and scoring four points.
This is sort of a disappointing for me personally. I like Almond as a player, and he always seemed like an intresting prospect, but I guess it’s just not in the cards for him to be a member of the Magic. Orlando’s roster now stands at 14 players, and with the recently injured Adonal Foyle, the Magic now have 13 healthy players on the roster. It’s also worth noting that Rashard Lewis is suspended for the first 10 games of the season, so if the roster stays the way it is, Orlando will only have 12 players for the first month of the season.
The jettison of Almond can mean one of three things:
1. The Magic are going to pick up a player that was recently released (or will be soon) by another team. As teams around the league continue to make cuts, there are plenty of decent players available. One player that could be an option for the Magic is Ime Udoka, who is expected to be waived by Portland on Thursday. Udoka was a key contributer for the Spurs the last few seasons and was a starter for the Blazers in 2006-07. The reasons I think the Magic would be interested are Udoka’s price tag (the league minimum) and his defense and three-point shooting.
2. The Magic want to go into the season with at least one open roster spot This option is particularly intriguing for those of you that think the Magic will look to trade Marcin Gortat later this year. An open roster spot is always key for teams looking to make a deal, especially during the season.
3. This means nothing, Almond is a bum. Unfortunately for Almond, this might be the most likely option. The Magic only carried 13 players for a large part of last season, and I’m sure they wouldn’t be afraid to this year.
What do you think? Will Orlando pick up another player? Are you sad to see Almond go?