The Orlando Magic announced Thursday they have signed Malik Allen, bringing their roster to the maximum of 15 players. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Hard to tell where Allen will fit in and is probably going to be used more as a body for practice during training camp. But it could be a sign Orlando is seriously considering the option of sending Daniel Orton to the D-League. But that is probably a decision best kept for training camp.
Allen played 51 games for Denver last year averaging 2.1 points per game and 1.6 rebounds per game in 8.9 minutes per game. Allen’s career-best season was in 2003 when he averaged 9.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in starting 73 games for the Heat. Allen has been an underwhelming player, but has consistently found a spot in the league thanks to his ability to hit the mid-range jumper as a center and his defensive ability.
Orlando probably knows Allen best as being a random thorn in its side. Allen always seems to have big games against the Magic. For his career, he averaged 8.3 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game in 20 games against Orlando. His 8.3 points per game is by far his best average against any opponent. It probably helped that he was taking advantage of the Magic centers of the early 2000s — think Andrew Declercq, John Amaechi, Juwan Howard, etc.
Still this appears to be a training camp move and possibly some insurance if Orton is not ready to play in the NBA quite yet.