The Magic have signed Dewayne Dedmon for the rest of the season after his second 10-day contract expired Sunday night. Orlando has not opted to resign Adonis Thomas at this time. His contract was allowed to expire. If the Magic want to sign him, they would have to do so for the rest of the season.
Dedmon has made three appareances for the Magic this season, playing six total minutes. He has scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds.
When the Magic signed Dedmon they were receiving a young player with a lot of raw ability. It is difficult for Magic fans to say exactly what he is though after 20 days on the roster. Dedmon has played so little, the public does not have a good sense of who he is or what he can do. The Magic obviously saw enough of him in practices to keep him around for the rest of the season, which may have been the intention all along.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports the deal for the rest of the year includes team options for the next two seasons.
Rookie center Dewayne Dedmon's new contract with the Magic also includes team options for the next two seasons, a source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) March 17, 2014
Now that Dedmon is set to be part of the Magic for the next 15 games, it will be interesting to see whether the Magic increase his work load and examine whether he is worth keeping around beyond the season's end.
It will also be interesting to see if the Magic decide to sign another 10-day contract guy to support the roster. Orlando has taken the approach of signing guys that could help the roster in the future. It does not appear the team will sign a guy just to fill a roster spot. Then again, Dedmon and Adonis Thomas were mostly used behind the scenes in practices rather than in games.
Orlando is preparing to head out West on Monday for a week-long road trip. It would not be surprising to see the Magic wait until they return from the trip and bank up some practice time with a new player before deciding what direction to go.