Although Gordon’s and Payton’s situations could change, it seems unlikely that the Magic will reach extension agreements with either Gordon or Payton before Monday’s deadline.
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OrlandoMagic.com: A couple of your young guys, Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon, are eligible for their contract extensions. How do you approach that and how much do you need those two players to make another huge jump this season? Jeff Weltman: “I won’t speak publicly about free-agency issues about our own players. We’re in contact with their agents and if something gets done, that’s great. If not, that’s great too. I’m really eager to get to know them as basketball players. I’ve gotten to know them a little, but they are two sensational kids who are extremely talented and their hearts are in the right place in terms of being just about winning. How does that look out on the court and in our locker room? I’m eager to see how that works, but I’m happy to have them here and I’m eager to see how they develop this season.’’
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June 20, 2018 | 10:56 pm EDT Update
Chris Mannix: Luka Doncic continues to be a strong candidate in Sacramento at No. 2, league sources told @YahooSports. And something else worth remembering here: Doncic is a pretty safe pick, and would be a popular one in Sacto.
Ohm Youngmisuk: The Lakers brought Arizona’s Allonzo Trier in for a second workout this week, according to league sources. The Lakers are looking to improve their shooting and Trier shot better in the second workout than his first according to sources. The 6-5 guard’s stock could be rising.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lakers worked out a ton of guys who could go in the second round. They’re targeting shooting and versatility in this draft and also could look at versatile bigs like Michigan’s Mo Wagner, who can rebound and stretch the floor. twitter.com/wojespn/status…
June 20, 2018 | 10:12 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon has exercised his $7.2M player option for next season, league sources tell Yahoo.