The Magic invited Gladness, Harris, Jones and Joseph to join the team this month and compete for one or possibly two open roster spots with second-round pick Romero Osby. Although the players have signed contracts with the team, those deals are known within the NBA as “make-good” contracts. Those contracts entitle the players only to a food per diem during preseason road trips, reimbursements for hotel and transportation expenses and disability insurance. “It’s a small sacrifice you have to make for the bigger dream and the bigger picture,” said Joseph, a 24-year-old swingman.
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“I’ve had training camps where I went in and I tried to prove everything all at once and I tried to do too much,” said Gladness, a 27-year-old center who has played for the Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors and a few teams in the NBA Development League. “You put too much pressure on yourself, too much stress on yourself. And I’ve had situations where I made the team and all I’ve done was what I was supposed to do and I just consistently did it.”