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DJ Augustin
DJ Augustin
Position: G
Born: 11/10/87
Height: 6-0 / 1.83
Weight:179 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Salary: $7,250,000
But at a moment that produced what Augustin would call the biggest shot of his career, he encountered no resistance as he dribbled left behind the screen — not Leonard fighting over Vucevic’s screen with his long reach, and not Gasol stepping out on a switch. “Our coverage was to get over the top of the screen and have Marc be up and help on that, and then stay home,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “It looked like Kawhi thought it was a switch and went under to hold up Vucevic, and Marc was still in the up position but not the switch position — so it gave him the room to get it off.”
5 months ago via ESPN
Josh Robbins: D.J. Augustin soaked his sprained right ankle in a bucket filled with ice water after the game. Here’s how he described his injury and his likelihood to play Sunday night in Cleveland: “It’s not bad, but it’s pretty painful right now. I’m going to do whatever I can tonight and tomorrow morning to get it right for the game tomorrow and see how it feels. But we have some big games coming up and we have an off day in Philly. So we’ll see how it goes.” -Magic point guard D.J. Augustin describing his sprained right ankle
Storyline: DJ Augustin Injury
“(It was) special night for us as a team, not only Vooch but us as a team,” Augustin said. “It’s well-deserved. Vooch has been playing great this season. He’s been carrying us this season. I’ve been playing with Vooch for three years now, and he feels like a brother to me. So to see him get such a great award and accomplishment, it means a lot to me personally.”
Storyline: All-Star Selections
Those bonds between Isaac and J.U.M.P. endure, as Magic point guard D.J. Augustin saw firsthand. Before training camp this year, Augustin attended a J.U.M.P. service that Isaac led. “Basically, they give him an opportunity to be a family away from his real family,” Augustin said. “Just for a young guy in the NBA to have a Christian background and have that faith — being in the NBA is hard to do. I think they’re helping him grow as a person and make all the right decisions. A lot of other young guys don’t have that opportunity.”
On Friday night, the Magic played their first game in Phoenix in nearly 13 months, and once again, players have reason to feel optimistic, this time under a new coach, Steve Clifford. They capped a difficult West Coast road trip by defeating the Suns, 99-85. The Magic finished November with a 9-7 record, despite a difficult schedule. And now, players vow this season will end differently than last season. “There’s definitely a belief that we feel that we have a good enough team, a talented enough team to make the playoffs — and not just make the playoffs but actually win in the playoffs,” point guard D.J. Augustin said.
D.J. Augustin, who strained his left hamstring Nov. 1 and missed the Magic’s last seven games, said he hopes to play either Saturday against the Utah Jazz or Monday against the Indiana Pacers. “I feel a lot better right now,” Augustin said after he watched the Magic lose to the Portland Trail Blazers 99-94 Wednesday night at Moda Center. “I’m leaving it up to the training staff on when I could return, but it’s looking like pretty soon. So I hope either Saturday or Monday, at least one of those games, because I’ve been ready to play. I’m just tired of sitting out. It’s hard to sit out. But with a hamstring, you want to be careful with it, because it could recur and I don’t want to go backwards.”
Storyline: DJ Augustin Injury
The Orlando Magic likely will have just two healthy point guards available for the next week or so. D.J. Augustin, who strained his left hamstring on Nov. 1 in Memphis, probably won’t be able to play during the Magic’s four-game road trip to the West Coast, which will begin Friday night in Phoenix and end Nov. 15 in Portland. “I don’t anticipate that [D.J. can play on the trip],” coach Frank Vogel said. “He’s really just in the mindset that he’s going to continue to try to improve and see how he responds from treatment.”
Augustin said that teams around the East are waiting to see if the turmoil around the league results in All-Stars like Irving and Carmelo Anthony switching teams. If that does happen, it may open the door for new contenders to step into the picture. “It gives other teams hope,” Augustin said. “They see Kyrie may be leaving, they see Carmelo may be leaving. Teams are trying to build super teams now. That’s what’s going on…At the end of the day, whatever team you’re on you just have to concentrate on your team, don’t worry about nobody else and make your team as best as possible.”
The Detroit Pistons have discussed a trade with the Orlando Magic that would send point guard Reggie Jackson to the Magic in exchange for a package headlined by D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green, according to league sources. While it’s not yet clear if these talks will progress past the discussion phase, sources told ESPN.com that the Pistons have continued to gauge the market for Jackson in advance of the Feb. 23 trade deadline.
3 years ago via ESPN
Storyline: DJ Augustin to Pistons?
Orlando Magic point guards D.J. Augustin and Elfrid Payton are mourning the death of former University of Southern California and NFL running back Joe McKnight, a fellow New Orleans-area native who was shot and killed Thursday in Terrytown, La. Born just five months apart, Augustin and McKnight played Biddy Basketball youth games against each other from the ages 4 to 12 years old. Augustin learned the news of McKnight’s death just before the Magic played the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night. “I was kind of shook up,” Augustin said. “We didn’t talk on the phone or anything, but I still knew him. I knew his family. New Orleans is small anyway, so everybody knew Joe.”
Point guard D.J. Augustin’s favorite Thanksgiving dish — or at least the dish he planned to partake in this year — is smoked turkey. He said he wanted to avoid desserts and side items at all costs. He and his wife grew up in New Orleans, and she even planned to make gumbo. But Augustin politely told her that he’ll wait till Christmas to eat that. “I’m saving my calories,” Augustin said. “You don’t want to overeat. I’ve done it before. It’s happened to me and other guys. [You] just try to enjoy yourself [and] at the same time think about the game the next day.”
Augustin played for two teams in each of the past three seasons. “There was a time where you reach your third or fourth team in a short period of time, and then it’s about survival,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said. “Are you going to extend your career? Are you going to fall out of people’s minds? After he struggled and experienced some failure, he improved. Whatever he did, he put together some really solid performances for a few teams in Chicago, in Detroit, in Denver. He just showed he’s a survivor.”
Kennedy: The front office brought in a lot of veterans such as Ibaka, Biyombo, Green, D.J. Augustin and Jodie Meeks. What did you think of the additions? They’re clearly win-now moves. Aaron Gordon: “It’s just exciting to me. I’ve always trusted Rob Hennigan and I’ve always trusted Scott Perry. To me, it validates my trust in them. They made moves that other people couldn’t have made. They were confident, aggressive moves. Now, it’s on us. We’re ready to play. We have the coach, the staff, the players, the organization. We have a foundation of players who have been there and been through the losing, and now it’s time to start winning.”
A free agent each of the past four offseasons and with a family that’s about to welcome a third child, D.J. Augustin sought a NBA home this summer where he could plant some roots and establish some continuity in his well-traveled NBA career. With the Orlando Magic, Augustin got the long-term security that he wanted and he’s in a role where he will be looked to to provide depth, playing-making and long-range shooting from the back-up point guard position.
Augustin was a little turnover-happy at times, coughing up the ball 30 percent of the time in pick-and-roll and transition plays. His two most common turnovers were the bad-pass turnover and the lost ball turnover. His unfamiliarity with his new teammates contributed to many of the miscues, especially early on when Augustin didn’t know the plays. Augustin is hoping to stay with the Nuggets. “Everybody in the NBA can play so as long as you can get the opportunity and minutes,” Augustin said.
Storyline: DJ Augustin Free Agency
Forgive D.J. Augustin if he doesn’t exactly jump for joy each time he hears a team say its interested in retaining his services. He’s been there before. Many times before. “This is my fourth summer being a free agent,” Augustin told The Post. “You never know what can happen. I’ve been promised things in the past, and it didn’t come true. I’ve had my hopes up in the past and it things didn’t happen.”
D.J. Augustin has always had a friend in Oklahoma City superstar Kevin Durant. Both are Longhorns. Augustin played alongside the long-limbed scorer in Austin back in 2006-07 and then added one more year at Texas after Durant bolted for the NBA following his wildly successful freshman season. Durant is not surprised Augustin has found a place he likes in Denver since the trade deadline day deal that brought him to the Mile High City. The two talk about it frequently. “I’m just happy he got his opportunity to play, that’s all he wanted,” said Durant prior to his team’s game at the Nuggets on Tuesday. “I talk to him all the time. He said he loves it (in Denver), the coach is trusting him. I remember coach (Michael) Malone calling him a security blanket or something like that, and in free agency a lot of people read things. You need that rap to get you the deal you want, I guess.”
On Feb. 18, he got that wish. That day, Augustin was traded to the Nuggets in a deal that sent Randy Foye to the Thunder. Since then, Augustin has taken full advantage of his new opportunity. And it couldn’t have come at a better time, as Augustin is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. “It means a lot to me,” Augustin said. “My situation in Oklahoma didn’t work out. And just to be able to come here and get an opportunity, that’s the biggest thing to me, to be back on the court.”
With Augustin and Novak’s combined salary of $6.7 million leaving and only $3.1 million in return, the Thunder will save $9.8 million total between reduced luxury tax penalties and salary. According to sources, this wasn’t the motivation of making the trade as the Thunder are doing quite well financially, having prudently saved and planned to be a taxpaying team, but it’s obviously an added plus.
Storyline: DJ Augustin To Nuggets
With two players going out and one coming back, the Thunder now have 14 players under contract, clearing an available roster spot for any potential buyouts. The Thunder have pounced on the buyout market in the past, scooping up Derek Fisher and Caron Butler. And with the money saved, they can use their mini-mid-level exception on say, Joe Johnson (if he were to become available), giving them a possible advantage to outbid other teams
Misery loves company, so all kinds of West powers can commiserate. The Grizzlies are 7-7. The Clippers are 6-7. The Rockets are 5-9. Makes the Thunder start, considering Kevin Durant has missed the last six games, seem downright smooth. “It’s early,” said veteran point guard D.J. Augustin. “We have a new coach, new system. Everything’s new over here. We’re not worrying about other teams. We’re worrying about ourselves. It’s early. We still have time to turn things around, which we will.”
Maybe Durant needed to remind the world of his greatness. Maybe he needed to remind himself—a bit of psychological rehab to match the long days spent working on his body. “I think it’s just coming from people doubting him,” said Thunder guard D.J. Augustin, a friend of Durant’s since their freshman year together at Texas. “He’s kind of like, ‘Man, well s–t, now it’s time for me to stand up for myself and say how I feel. All these years I been humble and been quiet and just kind of proving on the court what I can do. But I’m not going to let people attack me anymore, say I’m not this and not that.'”
DJ Augustin: Let me tell you a quick story about my grandfather. Because of Hurricane Ivan, I think some people underestimated Katrina. The evacuation warnings for Katrina were still “voluntary” until the day before it hit. We almost didn’t leave. Elderly people are the most vulnerable in hurricanes but I guess they can be the most stubborn sometimes. I love my grandfather, but he’s very stubborn. When the news started talking about Katrina, he didn’t want to evacuate because the last time nothing happened with Hurricane Ivan.
New Orleans is small, so everybody in New Orleans knows everybody. I talk to people over the years since Katrina happened, and everybody has different stories of what they heard from different people. My wife, who was my girlfriend then, had a friend die because she was walking through the water, trying to get to higher ground and she fell through a drain in the ground. She drowned. There was stuff like that going on and you never heard about it on the news.
Do rotation players like DJ Augustin, Brandon Jennings and OJ Mayo also cash in? Teams will be put in the difficult situation of hitting the salary cap floor of $81 million and filling out their rosters with the most competitive personnel possible. Early projections show that the average rosters of players under contract per NBA team in 2016-17 is 10.3 players. If you think you can land a restricted free agent, think again. The summer of 2015 proved one more time that restricted free agents are hard to get. Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard agreed to terms on the first day with Chicago and San Antonio. The next prized restricted free agent, Draymond Green, agreed to terms the following day with Golden State.
But that doesn’t change the fact that Van Gundy has turned to backup point guard D.J. Augustin for a majority of minutes in the first two games of the 0-2 start. And it’s obvious that Van Gundy’s decision-making process is bothering Jennings. When told that Van Gundy said that Augustin has been the better point guard the first two games, Jennings quietly said: “Then he should start and I’ll be the backup, if that’s the case.” And with that Jennings added: “That’s all I’ve got.”
New Detroit Pistons point guard D.J. Augustin held his annual youth basketball camp in Louisiana on Tuesday, and he spoke with the New Orleans Advocate about his NBA situation. Some highlights: “I really wanted to be back in Chicago, and they really wanted me back. But it didn’t work out, businesswise, and I had to move on.” “Detroit wanted me. I think it will be a good opportunity for me, and I think we’re going to do well.”