Marcus Smart will go to work out for the Orlando Magic tomorrow, source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 25, 2014
Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com also reports that Duke’s Rodney Hood and Arizona’s Nick Johnson will join Marcus Smart in Orlando this Memorial Day for an individual workouts.
Smart is a player the Magic have been after for several years now. Several reports said the Magic would have taken Smart with the second overall pick in the Draft if he had stayed in. Instead, he opted to go back to Oklahoma State where he averaged 17.8 points per game and 4.5 assists per game while carrying the offensive load for the Cowboys.
Rodney Hood was another wing player who excelled in Jabari Parker’s shadow at Duke. He averaged 16.4 points per game on 47.0 percent shooting last year for the Blue Devils. While Aaron Gordon has led the highlights and discussion of Arizona basketball this past year, Nick Johnson was actually the team’s leading scorer at 16.3 points per game last year.
These are the first reported players to be coming into Orlando for Draft workouts. And there will be plenty more:
Mike Tuck of 1080 The Game in Orlando also reports Zach LaVine and T.J. Warren will be coming to Orlando for workouts.
In addition to Smart & Hood working out 4 the @Orlando_Magic I can confirm they'll also workout TJ Warren, Zach LaVine, and Nick Johnson.
— Mike Tuck (@MikeTuck1080) May 25, 2014
LaVine is one of the more interesting prospects as a 6-foot-5 athlete point guard/combo guard. He averaged 9.4 points and 1.8 assists per game last year for UCLA, but has a ton of physical tools that have NBA scouts drooling.
Warren was last in Amway Center clanking free throws in NC State’s overtime loss to Saint Louis (sorry, still angry about that one . . . I did not get home until 1:30 a.m. that night). But Warren was one of the more gifted scorers in the ACC last year, averaging 24.8 points per game and grabbing 7.2 rebounds per game. He shot 52.5 percent from the floor, which is impressive for a high-usage scorer. He just needs to continue improving his 3-point shooting.