HoopsHype Daniel Orton rumors

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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

September 24, 2010 Updates

HoopsWorld’s Steve Kyler and the Magic’s in-house reporter, John Denton, have alluded to Orton’s knee troubles in recent days. It’s unclear whether Orton tweaked the knee in recent months. On draft night, a reporter asked him if his knee was OK. “There’s a possibility that it scared people away, but my knee is fine,” Orton said then. Orton’s injury should create an opportunity for Malik Allen, the 6-foot-10, 255-pound veteran the Magic signed to a non-guaranteed deal in September. Allen is listed as a forward, but he could make the regular-season roster as a backup to centers Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat. Orlando Sentinel

September 23, 2010 Updates

Magic rookie Daniel Orton could be facing an uphill climb, word is he is still having knee issues that could require surgery Twitter

August 17, 2010 Updates

The organization believes (Daniel Orton) might be better served battling Dwight Howard and Gortat on a day-to-day basis in practice. Not only would Orton face a higher level of competition, but the sessions would also aid him in picking up Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy’s system. NBA.com

July 6, 2010 Updates

Center Daniel Orton continued to struggle Tuesday in the AirTran Airways Pro Summer League. Admittedly out of shape, the Orlando Magic’s first-round draft pick missed all six shots he attempted, collected just two rebounds and finished with only two points. “He has to pick up his energy, in my opinion,” said Patrick Ewing, the Magic’s head coach for the summer league. “He has to act like he wants the ball down there. He’s a big man. He has a big body. You’ve got to demand the ball, demand it with your presence, demand it with your mouth. If the guys are missing him, then say something to them. We need for him to dominate. We need for him to get 10-plus rebounds, double-figure points. If we’re going to win, he has to dominate along with the guys on the perimeter.” Orlando Sentinel

Orton let his emotions get the best of him early in the third quarter when he got tangled up with McRoberts under the boards. The two exchanged shoves and trash talk and as they were separated referees deemed that both threw punches. ``They said he threw a punch first and then I threw a punch, but neither one of really threw a punch,’’ Orton said with a chuckle. ``He just kind of tried to push me off and I tried to push him away. That threw me for a loop right there.’’ NBA.com

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We always hear players say that this is a business and that management has to look out for themselves but that's not always as evident as it was Thursday, when multiple teams who had made promises to Hobson went in a different direction when they were on the clock. While he ultimately landed with a team that showed significant interest in him throughout the draft process, not many expected Hobson to slip all the way to thirty-seven and the Milwaukee Bucks. Going into the draft, Hobson was confident that at least two teams were interested in moving up to select him. But when those deals fell apart, Hobson remained on the board into the late first round. That's when the Orlando Magic passed on him. After watching Quincy Pondexter, Jordan Crawford, and Greivis Vazquez go off the board, Hobson was one of the only players from Orlando's June 21 workout left on the board. A source close to the situation said that Pondexter and Hobson were atop Orlando's draft board on Thursday morning and it seemed like he was the obvious pick. So when the Magic drafted Daniel Orton, who they hadn't worked out or expressed much interest in at all, everyone was surprised. HoopsWorld

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Daniel Orton has been rumored to be slipping of late. Not having an agent certainly doesn’t help his cause and canceling workouts with teams also isn’t a great way to insure a pick. We’ve heard that Orton may have a promise with either Oklahoma City at 21 or Miami at 18. He shut down workouts only to have one more workout with Indiana at 10. NBADraft.net

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