Believe it or not, we are about two weeks away from Opening Night. Orlando opened training camp on October 1 and have reach the midpoint of the preseason. So how will we get ready? By counting down to the beginning of the season on November 2 against Denver. Let's continue:
The big decisions we know are coming have finally started to pass down. The Magic trimmed their roster from 20 to 18 on Tuesday, waiving Christian Eyenga and Armon Johnson. Orlando will have to cut three more players before the beginning of the season next week.
The Magic acquired Eyenga from the Lakers as part of the Dwight Howard trade and brought with him a ton of athleticism and raw talent. Unfortunately, injuries kept Eyenga from participating in training camp or any preseason games. Even with a guaranteed contract for this year, Orlando it appears did not have a place for him on the roster.
Orlando also dropped Armon Johnson. Johnson played in five preseason games averaging 3.2 points per game on 38.1 percent shooting in 13.0 minutes per game. Johnson was brought in at the same time as E'Twaun Moore to compete for the backup or third point guard role, particularly with Ish Smith injured this preseason. It appears from playing time and performance that Moore won that battle.
The Magic will still have to cut three players before the NBA's regular season begins next week.
The roster is sure to feature Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Hedo Turkoglu, Glen Davis, Nikola Vucevic, J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon, Ish Smith, Andrew Nicholson, Al Harrington and Maurice Harkless. Those 11 players would seem to be a sure-in to make the team's rotation. In addition, it looks more likely that Quentin Richardson and E'Twaun Moore will make the roster.
This likely leaves Kyle O'Quinn, Josh McRoberts, Justin Harper, DeQuan Jones and Chris Johnson fighting for the final two spots on the roster. Johnson seems likely to go and Harper, a holdover from Otis Smith's team and drafting philosophy, also appears on his way out.
Orlando has until the season begins next Wednesday to make its final cuts.