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Josh Robbins: Orlando Magic rookie Mario Hezonja is expected to make his summer-league debut tomorrow.
On Tuesday, he traveled to the U.S. for just the second time in his life. He’s eager to see more of his new home city, Orlando — so eager that he has peppered Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan with questions about Central Florida. “I think it’s a completely other world here, everything positive,” Hezonja said during an introductory press conference Thursday afternoon for him and second-round pick Tyler Harvey.
Hezonja’s debut in a Magic uniform – he decided to wear No. 23 after some well-thought-out internet research – could come as soon as Saturday’s opening of the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League. Hezongja’s start was delayed a bit because of a minor clearance issue with FIBA, but it was resolved on Thursday afternoon and Hezonja – who negotiated his buyout with his Spanish League team earlier in the week – practiced for the first time with his new Magic teammates. Because he’s already played 53 Spanish League and EuroLeague games this season, Hezonja’s playing time in Summer League is expected to be limited.
The following statement has been issued by Orlando Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan: “The release agreement between Mario Hezonja and FC Barcelona has been finalized and we look forward to Mario’s arrival in Orlando in the coming days. We would like to thank Mario, Arn Tellem and FC Barcelona for their cooperation and diligence.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: I’m told Mario Hezonja and Barcelona have reached a NBA buyout agreement worth $1.4 million. Orlando bound.
Emiliano Carchia: Mario Hezonja parted ways with Barcelona, according to El Mundo Deportivo sportando.com/en/europe/spai…
Steve Kyler: I was told Magic board was Porzingis then Mario… but we’ll never know if that’s how it would have played twitter.com/Orlandoyankees…
Josh Robbins: All indications suggest Mario Hezonja’s Barcelona buyout will be finalized as early as Monday, a league source tells the OS.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Barcelona, I’m told, reduced the NBA escape clause of Mario Hezonja to €1.5 million. Club wants his Euro rights.
Hezonja said he doesn’t anticipate any problems with his buyout with FC Barcelona. If completed, the buyout would allow him to play in the NBA in 2015-16. Asked if he expects to play for the Magic in the upcoming season, he said: “Of course. Of course.”
Hennigan said: “We’re fully confident he will be with us next season. We have no concerns over the buyout, and that’s something we’ll be able to work through over the next few days.”
David Aldridge: Orlando Magic likely to take wing Mario Hezonja with fifth pick, per league sources.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Barcelona GM Joan Carles Raventos scheduled practice tomorrow — keeping Mario Hezonja in Espana. Smh.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: If Barcelona suffer sweep in finals, Mario Hezonja has a U.S. visa prepared to attended the NBA draft, I’m told.
With the NBA draft coming Thursday, few prospects are creating more buzz than Croatian shooting guard Mario Hezonja. No longer is he certain to be available when the Nuggets pick in the No. 7 slot. Hezonja is the best player at his position in the draft. At 6-foot-8 and 200 pounds, his athleticism is off the charts, and he shoots the ball with accuracy well beyond 3-point range. He has a connection to Denver too: Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic. They are friends. “I talk to him every day,” Nurkic said. “I think he’s at this age the best shooting guard.”
Can Pelister: Highlights of Mario Hezonja from Real Madrid game. Insane: youtube.com/watch?v=qOShi5…