Dewayne Dedmon Rumors

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Dedmon told Fox Sports Florida during a pregame interview that he chose to wear 3 on his Magic jersey because he was hoping his third NBA team would be the team that gave him a chance to remain in the NBA for an extended period of time. He’s happy with that choice. And with his opportunity. “It did stick for the rest of the year,” Dedmon said, smiling. “I got the rest of the year guaranteed, so it works.”
The Orlando Magic have signed center Dewayne Dedmon for the remainder of the regular season, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Dedmon originally signed his first of two 10-day contracts on Feb. 25. Dedmon (#3, 7’0”, 255, 8/12/89) has appeared in three games with Orlando, averaging 2.3 ppg. and 1.0 rpg. in 2.0 minpg. He has played in 18 combined games this season with Golden State, Philadelphia and Orlando, averaging 2.5 ppg. and 2.9 rpg. in 9.0 minpg. He also appeared in 15 games with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, averaging 15.2 ppg., 13.1 rpg., 1.3 apg., 2.33 blkpg. and 1.53 stlpg. in 33.7 minpg.
Dedmon’s 10-day contract with the team expires today, but the combination of Davies’ injury and the 7-foot center’s play seem to make it a foregone conclusion that he will be signing at least another 10-day contract. “I like what we’ve seen in him,” coach Brett Brown said. “There’s a size, obviously, but there’s an enthusiasm and an energy. When you look at him, his history really not having started to play basketball until he was 18, and at his early age now you feel that his upside could be pretty significant. We’ll make the official decision [today] but I’m thrilled with what he’s done so far.”
For reasons related to his religion — he’s a Jehovah’s Witness — Dedmon said he never played basketball as a youth. His first involvement with organized basketball wasn’t until he was 18 years old. Dedmon, now 24, played a handful of games at the high school level, before getting eased into the sport (and into 23 games) by the coaches at Antelope Valley (Calif.) Junior College. From there, he played 51 games over two seasons at Southern Cal, then entered the NBA Draft with only “two classes (left) to get my degree.”