HoopsHype Daniel Orton rumors

July 3, 2012 Updates

Darnell Mayberry: Former Orlando center and Oklahoma City native Daniel Orton has emerged as a potential free agent target for OKC, The Oklahoman has learned. Twitter

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Magic center Daniel Orton is a safe bet to be moved as he serves no role in Orlando and desperately wants a chance to play. He may not return much, but moving him even for a draft pick opens up a roster spot that could be used in a two-for-one type deal. HoopsWorld

January 26, 2012 Updates

I’m not saying Orton is one of those players. But even if there’s a 1 percent chance he could gain some confidence while playing in a real game, why not stick him in there and see? It’s not like the Magic couldn’t use a big body to back up Dwight Howard. “I haven’t done anything on the court to prove that I can play or anything, so I understand why they did it,” Orton said of the Magic not picking up his option. ”But I don’t understand a lot of things, such as why I didn’t get a chance maybe to showcase what I have.” Orlando Sentinel

January 24, 2012 Updates

It also means that the Magic might not ever receive any return on their investment in Orton. He has not appeared in a regular-season game since the Magic selected him with the 29th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft out of Kentucky. "You have to look at the whole body of work and look at where we are," General Manager Otis Smith said before the Magic faced the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. "It's nothing against Daniel. He's done what he's supposed to do. He's gotten himself in good shape. He's worked his tail off. It's nothing against him at all. It's just the way everything fell this year." Orlando Sentinel

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Orton told the Orlando Sentinel before Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks that he likely will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee within the next week to repair cartilage damage. Orton, who injured the knee twice in high school and suffered a minor injury during a recent NBA Development League stint, said he’s been told he’ll likely be out until the all-star break in mid-February. Orlando Sentinel

December 7, 2010 Updates

An MRI exam on Daniel Orton's troublesome left knee revealed no major structural damage, both the Orlando Magic rookie and Magic President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith said Monday night. "There's probably a little bit of cartilage damage, nothing major," Smith said. "We'll have to figure out how we're going to manage it, either through meds or get a little surgery. But I'm not sure. It depends on Daniel." A team doctor examined Orton on Monday after the MRI. The rookie center said he will seek a second opinion by the physician in Oklahoma who operated on his knee during his senior year of high school. Orton left open the possibility that he'll have surgery, but he said he would like surgery to be "the very last option." Orlando Sentinel

December 6, 2010 Updates

Rookie center Daniel Orton is back in Orlando after just two games in the NBA's Development League, but that's not a good thing. Orton injured his troublesome left knee again -- the one that made him drop to the end of the first round in last June's NBA Draft -- Saturday night for the New Mexico Thunderbirds. FanHouse.com

Since he was drafted after just one season at Kentucky, Orton has spent his time with the Magic trying to strength that left knee, which caused him to miss his senior year of high school after surgery. He has yet to appear for the Magic beyond summer league play. "It is what it is,'' said Magic general manager Otis Smith Monday. "He was actually starting to play well.'' Orton will be examined by the Magic's medical staff later in the day and is scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday. FanHouse.com

December 1, 2010 Updates

Daniel Orton, one of five first round picks out of the University of Kentucky this past draft, will be assigned to the NBA Development League's New Mexico Thunderbirds from the Orlando Magic, according to a source. Orton, the 29th overall pick in this year's draft, has been hampered by a knee injury sustained earlier this year and has yet to play in a game for the team that drafted him based purely on his size and potential after averaging a paltry 3.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks as a freshman for the Wildcats. FanHouse.com

The Orlando Magic will assign rookie Daniel Orton to the NBA Development League’s New Mexico Thunderbirds, Magic president of basketball operations Otis Smith confirmed Tuesday night. Orton, 20, will report to New Mexico immediately. Smith said Orton could remain there a couple of weeks, but he wasn’t sure how long it would be. The move was made because Smith wants Orton to receive some playing time. Scott Schroeder of FanHouse.com originally reported the transaction late Tuesday night. Orlando Sentinel

September 30, 2010 Updates

The first-round draft pick who could least afford to miss an NBA training camp -- unpolished center Daniel Orton of Kentucky -- is going to miss it entirely. Orton, taken with the 29th pick by the Orlando Magic, already was considered a long-term, project-type center after averaging just 13 minutes a game in his only season at Kentucky. Now the wait becomes a little longer. Orton said Thursday after watching his teammates practice that he has been put on a four-week, left knee strengthening program before he can begin scrimmaging with his teammates. "To be new here, in a new atmosphere, I wanted to get out there and show my teammates that I could play. And I haven't been able to do that,'' he said Thursday. "It's frustrating, annoying, aggravating to not be out there. I need the work.'' FanHouse.com

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