The Magic will be managing the Erie BayHawks of the D-League this upcoming season.
No one is quite sure exactly how the relationship will work. The trend in the league is to have more of these one-on-one relationships with D-League teams where the parent franchise manages the basketball operations of the team. This ensures that when players are sent down to the D-League are still learning the same terminology and principles that they would getting practice with the main team.
Rob Hennigan noted after Summer League that progress toward securing a staff are moving at a comfortable pace. It is something the organization put on the backburner for the early part of the summer as they complete free agency. Part of Summer League seemed to be evaluating potential players to put on the D-League roster.
It also seems like Rob Hennigan will use the D-League much like the Thunder do, sending young players back and forth between the NBA and D-League while the team is on road trips to make sure players are getting maximum practice time and playing time — it is better than sitting on the bench for a week while the team is not practicing as much on the road.
It always depends on the player whether that kind of strategy works.
Filling out the rest of the D-League roster will be an interesting mix of free agents and maybe some of the Magic’s end-of-the-bench players (I somewhat suspect Devyn Marble will spend some time in both the NBA and D-League next year to ensure he gets some playing time consistently).
So too will the opportunity for local players in both the Erie, Pennsylvania and Orlando areas get the chance to try out for the team.
The Magic and BayHawks announced last week that there will be two free agent camps in September to tryout for the Magic’s D-League affiliate.
The Orlando tryout will take place September 14 in Barnett Park. There is a $150 registration fee which can be made to the Erie BayHawks and registration must be completed by September 8. If you have those long-shot NBA dreams, this would be your chance.