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Orton hopes to give Magic fans a glimpse of his potential when the Magic host the 76ers tonight at Amway Center. “I know the fans of Orlando were kind of wondering why they drafted me, what the purpose of picking me was,” Orton said after the Sixers finished their shootaround today. “If I get the opportunity to show them, it’ll be a good feeling.” In the 2010 NBA Draft, the Magic used the 29th overall pick to select Orton out of Kentucky. At the time, team officials didn’t realize that the 6-foot-10 center still had some lingering problems related to a high-school knee injury, and Orton missed his entire rookie year. The next season, he played in a total of 16 games. Orlando Sentinel

Turner isn’t the only one who has changed. Big man Lavoy Allen has dropped 14 pounds and almost 3 percent body fat. Guard James Anderson has lost 11 pounds and almost 3 percent body fat. Center Daniel Orton is down 13 pounds and 3 percent body fat in a little over a month since becoming a Sixer. Injured guard Jason Richardson has dropped 11 pounds despite not being expected to play until late January or February. Injured big man Arnett Moultrie has lost five pounds and probably won’t play until at least January. Bucks County Courier Times

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The team signed free agent center Daniel Orton yesterday and released center Tim Ohlbrecht. The 6-10, 255-pound Orton, 23, spent last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder and spent time with Thunder’s NBA Development League affiliate Tulsa 66ers. In 29 games he averaged 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and shot 53.4 percent from the floor. Orton played a season at Kentucky before declaring for the 2010 draft. He was selected 29th overall by the Orlando Magic. Philadelphia Inquirer

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed center Daniel Orton, a week after he was waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Orton appeared in 13 games for the Thunder last season and averaged 2.5 points with 2.0 rebounds. He had played one preseason contest for Oklahoma City this year. Bradenton.com

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The Oklahoma City Thunder waived center Daniel Orton, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Orton appeared in 13 games with the Thunder during the 2012-13 season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.0 minutes per contest. NBA.com

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In three games at the Orlando Pro Summer League, Orton averaged 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, shot 66.7 percent (16 for 24) from the field, had five blocked shots, three steals and also made his lone 3-point attempt. The 6-foot-10, 255-pound former Bishop McGuinness High School standout had never looked better in an NBA setting. Orton seemed in better shape, was more agile and displayed the ability to pick-and-roll rather than just pick-and-pop. “After watching him play, you know that he has the talent and he is an NBA player,” said Thunder assistant Rex Kalamian, who coached OKC to a 5-0 record and the Summer League title. “He's got a lot of skill.” Oklahoman

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If OKC signed Miller to a one-year contract, the league would reimburse the Thunder approximately $515,000. On a minimum contract, only $884,293 of Miller's deal would then be included in the Thunder's team salary. That's the same amount guard DeAndre Liggins is owed and could suggest that Liggins, who is not guaranteed his salary if he doesn't make the regular season roster, would be replaced by the veteran Miller. Center Daniel Orton, who also is on a non-guaranteed contract, could be released as well. Orton is set to earn roughly $916,000 next season. Oklahoman

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Daniel Orton gets the question all the time. “What did your mother die from?” Lupus, he tells inquiring minds. “Well, what's that?” they'll ask. Each time, Orton offers a brief explanation of the acute and chronic autoimmune disease that more than two million Americans and approximately 50,000 Oklahomans are living with. “Not a lot of people know about it,” said Orton, the former Bishop McGuinness star who now plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. On Saturday, Orton will help raise awareness for the disease as the ambassador of the Oklahoma Walk & 5K Run to End Lupus Now. The event, which will be held at the Oklahoma City Zoo, is Oklahoma's largest lupus fundraising event. Its goal is to raise money for lupus research and education programs while increasing awareness of lupus and rallying public support for those who suffer from the debilitating disease. Oklahoman

Carolyn's condition had deteriorated to the point that the family for which she used to be the backbone now had to make one grave decision: keep her on life support or set her free. It was Orton who had to make the call. He had based his decision solely on his mother's request, one that he relayed to members of his family. It was a desire by Carolyn that Daniel learned of while watching Lifetime movies with his mom. The two sat through a similar televised scene once. “She said if it ever gets to that point, if it ever comes down to me living on life support, then just pull the plug because if God wants to take me then God's going to take me,” Orton said. “That's one thing I'll never forget that she said to me.” Daniel was only 18 when he gave the order. “It was by far the hardest choice I've ever had to make so far,” said Orton, now 22. “I think it's the hardest choice I'll ever have to make in my life. That's what it feels like.” Oklahoman

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