Magnum Rolle Rumors

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Grand Bahamian professional basketball player, Magnum Rolle may have to wait a while before he can actually step onto the hardwood floor of the NBA and play with the Atlanta Hawks because of a lockout, however, the newly turned NBA player is not resting on his laurels and waiting for things to change. Earlier this month, Magnum signed a deal to play overseas, while the NBA lockout continues. Magnum signed with LG Sakers, a team from South Korea. According to sources, Rolle’s deal was in the amount of $973,000.
LG Sakers have officially signed Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech) earlier this month. The Bahamian player will fill in an important player spot on the team’s roster. Magnum Rolle spent last season in D-League. He averaged 14.1 points, 5.5 boards, 1.5 steals, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks per game for the Maine Red Claws. named the centre into D-League All-Imports Team. Magnum Rollegraduated from the Louisiana Tech University in 2010. His stats read 13.9 points, 8.4 boards and 2.1 blocks per game in the senior college season.
The Atlanta Hawks got a little bit bigger for the playoffs, inking 6-foot-11 forward Magnum Rolle to a contract. The 25-year-old native of Freeport in the Bahamas was a second round pick (51st overall) in the 2010 draft. He was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder before his rights were traded to the Indiana Pacers. Rolle appeared in five preseason games before he was cut by the Pacers. He landed in the NBA Development League, where he was the third selection in the NBDL’s draft. The former LSU and Lousiana Tech standout posted 14.1 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game in 15 contests (seven starts) with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA’s farm league. He missed part of the year with a knee injury.
Not much has changed with Magnum Rolle and the Pacers. The Pacers still want to sign their second-round pick. In order to do that, though, they’ve got to find a way to clear a roster spot. The Pacers will have to do a two-for-one trade (or release a player) since they’ve already got 15 players under contract. That may not happen until training camp starts and teams get a better look at their roster. Point guard A.J. Price has a non-guaranteed contract, but the Pacers plan to keep him.
On the day of the 2010 NBA Draft, the Indiana Pacers selected Florida State forward Ryan Reid with the 57th pick and promptly traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a swap for LSU forward-center Magnum Rolle. While Rolle will be competing for a roster spot after receiving a training camp invite by the Pacers, it appears that Reid could very well be playing in Poland next season. According to The Hoops Market via Polski Kosz, “The Polish team is reported to be close to sign Ryan Reid for the next season.” With the Thunder already having to waive former Washington State guard Kyle Weaver due to a roster crunch, it appears unlikely that the team will give Reid the same courtesy that Indiana extended Rolle.
Thus far he hasn’t signed yet with Indiana, but that should happen before he gets to the big camp when it opens on September 28. Earlier this week, I had a chat with Dave Benner, the Director of Public Information for the Pacers and got the clear understanding that the team is still very high on Rolle. “He will be invited to training camp. I anticipate he will be signed before camp. We like how he played in the rookie camp and also what he showed in the Summer League. He is here in Indianapolis, working out on his own. There is a reasonable chance he will be with us when the season opens,” said Benner.