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Magic won’t re-sign Daniel Orton

Is that apple for your online professor?

We have a bit of unfortunate, but not surprising, news out of Orlando. The Magic have decided not to exercise their team option on Daniel Orton for the 2012-13 season. That means the former Cat will become an unrestricted free agent in July.

Orton hasn’t played a single minute in a regular-season game since the Magic selected him with the 29th pick in the 2010 NBA draft.

Good luck to Daniel in finding a new home. He’s one of those guys who will probably be injured throughout his whole career, unfortunately.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

71 Comments for Magic won’t re-sign Daniel Orton

  1. Jack
    9:33 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    You don’t know me.

  2. Jax Teller
    9:35 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    It’s called karma — it’s a bitch.

  3. WeddingPlanner
    9:40 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Sad situation.

  4. catlanta
    9:40 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I hope the kid goes broke and homeless.

  5. 2in the pink 1in the stink
    9:42 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    i can’t move(off the bench) motherf*cker!

  6. Perfect Patterson
    9:43 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    It’s crazy how lately all the posts on KSR are just copy and paste info from the allkyhoops website. At least give them a hat tip or something.

  7. UKfansNKY
    9:47 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Needs to get an education cause it looks like he will need it. BBall ain’t happening for this kid.

  8. Rett
    9:48 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Really #4 I know he had some moments of Douchebaggery but come on, broke and homeless. Yeah he had an attitude problem while he was at UK, but then again I was probably a egocentric jerk when I was 18 too. From everything I’ve read his attitude has seemed to change since he was in the NBA, and I may be remembering this incorrectly, but didn’t he offer some sort of apology to the BBN?

  9. cristoforouk
    9:48 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    His dad still thinks he’s better than Cousins.

  10. Dude
    9:48 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    This story made me smile. Thats what you get when you do UK wrong. He should have never left and he certainly shouldn’t have skipped his final semester before going pro, or at least trying to. Have fun living the rest of your life regretting your decision Daniel Im sure there is a team in Bosnia or some other unknown place that will pay you just enough to not get by.

  11. DoDaDrew
    9:49 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    #6 then don’t come over to KSR. Stay over there.

  12. joe ebarb
    9:49 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Perfect example of listening to bad advice

  13. SeoulCat
    9:53 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I called the day you were drafted, Daniel: Korean Basketball League, here you come!

  14. Wall2Cousins
    9:53 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    kinda surprising considering all the trade talks about Dwight Howard you would think they could use Daniel Orton size for something.

  15. mike
    9:54 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    #11 I agree with #6 i like ksr but dont be lazy and steal news off another website and claim it as your ownl

  16. l
    9:55 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    #6 stay over there then, dont pollute our boards with your UL love

  17. cayte
    9:56 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    #6 makes a good point

  18. Nick
    9:57 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Wow…you guys really suck. To root against one of our former players like this is pathetic. You guys are probably the same ones that were glad Marvin Stone died young.

  19. HeyIdiots
    9:57 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    15 I don’t see where KSR says anything about this being a KSR exclusive. Just because one site reports it first doesn’t mean you can’t use the story, and if you do use it you don’t have to use a disclaimer saying you aren’t the first to run it. Good grief you are dumb.

  20. Don
    9:57 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Good Ramel Bradley read:

    “If I had to sum up my time at Kentucky in one word, it would be ‘rockstar,’” Bradley says. “Everyone wants to know where you are, everyone’s watching what you do every day.”

  21. Dumbcayte
    9:59 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    17 #6 made a stupid point and you’ve shown your ignorance by agreeing.

  22. God
    10:00 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Marvin Stone made his choice and u see what happened.

  23. Rick Pitino's 15 Seconds of Shame
    10:02 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    #18, I was once the face of the Kentucky program. Does that mean you can’t root against me, either? Because I was “once a Wildcat”? At least I didn’t hurt the program with my departure like Orton did.

  24. MarkHamilton
    10:02 am January 25, 2012 Permalink


  25. Nick
    10:03 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    At this point, anyone with a college degree and a conscience is likely to stay away from the KSR comments section. It’s become jagoff central.

  26. Bluecalizone
    10:05 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I said it then and I’ll say it now. It was a stupid decision to leave when he did. Had he of stayed and let Cal develop him for 4 years, he would have had a good chance for long term success at the next level. Now, I’m affraid he will forever be a bust.

  27. KingRex
    10:05 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    This probably proves the point that he left at the right time. If he was this close to being broken down physically then who is to say that one more year in college might have prevented him from being drafted at all. It’s still strange to me that someone could get drafted this high and only after that do they decide his knee isn’t up for playing, but at least for his sake he’s gotten paid for two years of NBA service. For his sake I hope he has saved every penny or can get well enough to play somewhere else.

    Also, when is Liggins going to make it on the court for the Magic?

  28. Nick
    10:07 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    23 — Daniel Orton was an 18/19 year-old kid who left to play in the NBA and just didn’t handle the process in the right way. Pitino was a full-grown adult who went to coach our arch-rival. That’s total apples and oranges.

    I don’t disagree that what Orton did was less than ideal, but I don’t think he exactly left us suffering (have you seen our team)? He made a mistake, like young people do. But he didn’t kill your dog.

    I hope you never make a mistake that inexplicably causes the entire world to turn against you, without forgiveness, for (apparently) all time.

  29. Logan
    10:13 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    17. I don’t think KSR has the budget to send a reporter to hang out in Orlando to break a story about Daniel Orton. Who cares how and where they get their info.

  30. HOO HOO
    10:14 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Look at all of the loser UK fans posting nonsense. “Best” fans in college basketball? Hardly.


  31. The Ghost of Rick Pitino's Dog
    10:14 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    (whoof…whooof…Daniel poisoned me when I called him out for goaltending my flyball…whoof…whooof)

  32. Jones Returns
    10:15 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Gotta love the support of BBN…shameful. This true fan is wishing him the best and I still beleive he can be a star in the pros

  33. Deacon
    10:15 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Please, Daniel Orton did the Blue Nation a HUGE favor by declaring early. Why, because that
    let “Jorts” showcase his talents and help lead UK to the Final Four!!! Thank you Daniel for
    the early departure!!!!

  34. HOO HOO
    10:19 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Please give me some attention! Someone notice me! Please, please, please!

  35. rhftwo
    10:22 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    This kid made bad decisions, and they will continue to haunt him. I don’t wish him any ill — but I won’t lose any sleep about him. He did not use his head, have good council, or treat UK with the respect that he was shown. Good riddance.

  36. cristoforouk
    10:23 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    33 – I agree. I am no Orton fan, but I wish no ill will towards the kid. He did not handle it well at all, but he apologized. Everyone should move on. We did go to the final four last year!

    However, if he returned to UK Jorts never develops into the player he is now, and I don’t think we ever go to the final four. I believe Orton would have been disruptive to the chemistry the team had last year. He obviously had some immaturity and attitude issues. Hopefully those are behind him now, but I think they would have been a big issue last year.

  37. Nick's Self-Reflexive Comment
    10:24 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not making myself look very good by following up #25 with #28. I am, through my own logic, a jagoff.

  38. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    10:26 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    26- Orton still would have had injury issues and then would be filling space on our bench and wasting a scholarship. He got his money which was his MO from Day 1. I still feel sour towards Orton but maybe that was because of Cal having to coax him into playing at UK and then the way he handled the situation. Better hit the books!

  39. Biglaw Dawgin'
    10:27 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Drew – what makes you think he’ll be injured his entire career?

  40. Yesterdays
    10:29 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Give the kid a break. Why wish harm on a freakin kid? Get a life.

  41. bigbluedude
    10:38 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    good luck daniel, hope things work out for you!

  42. va kat
    10:39 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Please BBN, keep Randolph Morris in mind. Easily the most despised big man ever to play at UK. Orton cared not for UK so why should anybody at BBN worry about his misfortune. It’s a non-story. Does anybody care for Rekalin Simms?

  43. STEVE!
    10:43 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    The kid made over $2MM by the time he was 21. Can many of us say the same thing? If he couldn’t play due to injury for two years in the NBA, he wouldn’t have played for UK either. He made a good decision, except for not finishing his Spring Semester classes.

  44. The Cheese
    10:56 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I find no joy in this news, but I also find no sorrow. I also don’t consider him a Cat considering how he intentionally took a dump on the university.

  45. Nick
    10:58 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    37 — I actually considered that before I posted, but then I realized that I am most definitely a jagoff. Not as big a jagoff as some of the fine commenters we have this morning, but a jagoff nonetheless. This additional follow-up comment only confirms your point of course, you jagoff.

    I think it logically also suggests that I don’t have a college degree or a conscience, though in reality I do actually have both (or at least a college degree).

  46. Robin Rhea
    11:01 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Some really stupid comments. It turns out he made the right decision, in leaving UK. Knowing he had a bum knee, he took the NBA money, while he could. I agree he should have finished his Spring classes.

  47. krmcats
    11:02 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry to hear that. Should have stayed in school another year. Wish him the best in the future.

  48. Dish_daddy
    11:02 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    – Is that apple for your online professor? – HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. couldn’t stop laughing at that for some reason.

  49. LetsThinkAboutIt
    11:08 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not saying his decision to leave was bad, I’m not saying it was good. But he clearly will need an education now. Yes, he made a couple of million by signing, but do you honestly think he has the intelligence to make the money last? It’s probably gone already. It’s not like he pocketed 2 mil…he has agents/representatives that get a cut.

  50. Me
    11:11 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    1) I know its the internet and all – but don’t straight up jack content.

    2) Orton was one of ours, right? Wore the Blue and White? If he had blown up and turned into the next Shaq, we’d be talking about Daniel like he was our own baby boy.

  51. mike
    11:19 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    quit hating on Orton. He stuck with use through the coaching change form Billy G to Cal. Cut him some slack

  52. MeWho
    11:22 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    50 – don’t comment on content if you don’t approve of it in the first place. Go back to the site it was “jacked” from. Buh-bye.

  53. Another Perspective
    11:29 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I have a suspicion that those who support #6 PerfectPatterson are actually the same person just using a different screen name.

  54. JackBluto
    11:38 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t wish Orton affirmatively bad things, like some. And I sure don’t wish him well, like some. I am angry about what he did to UK, and I don’t root for him however. He is the only UK player in the NBA I don’t root for. So don’t be surprised that I am not sad about this news. He is dead to me anyway. If he becomes the next Shaq, I will acknowledge he is a UK guy and that he was a jerk the way he left UK. Nothing more.

    51 – sticking with UK through the coaching change is why he was drafted at all. He didn’t do UK a favor – more like the other way around. We always had Jorts to back up Cuz if he hadn’t come. 🙂

  55. Caytstrodamus
    11:40 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    This could be Terrence Jones’s dopleganger if he’s not careful

  56. john
    12:01 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Orton hasn’t worked hard in Orlando and has been sometimes difficult to deal with according to people down here. I used to be a season ticket holder and I go to about 20-25 games a year. A guy I spoke to a few days back told me Dwight Howard often gets frustrated with him and his lack of work ethic as well. I don’t see him playing many minutes in the NBA, maybe some spot play with a terrible team, but he’s not getting out of that suit in Orlando unless something happens to Dwight, Big Baby, or Ryan Anderson.

  57. kybigblue
    12:08 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    If he never plays a minute in the NBA he still will have made more than $2. He made over a $1 last year and again this year. He was in better shape this year but the strike lead to a shorter preseason which didn’t help his chances of breaking into the lineup.

  58. Bledsoe's Biceps
    12:24 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Whether you like him or not, he’s still richer than 99% of the people commenting on this post. I wish he had finished his classes, but I can’t fault the guy for making the choice to go pro. He knew he had a bad knee and his draft stock was as high as it likely would ever be. A good business decision on his part.

  59. Kentucky Effect
    12:53 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Daniels a GOOOOOOOD kid!

  60. Alex
    1:02 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Lots of people hating on the kid. He made $2 million from ages 19-20 to do nothing. He made infinity dollars per NBA minute. How hard did you work the last two years and what did you get paid? “Now ask yourself, who’s the Mack?”

  61. 502Cat
    1:14 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I hope he saved some of that NBA money!

  62. HeyDummies
    1:18 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    57, 58, and 60…2 million won’t last that long if you don’t have the intelligence to handle it. After everyone involved got their share, how much did he have left? Hopefully enough to pay tuition somewhere and get a degree bc he’s going to need money to support himself the rest of his life.

  63. Jax Teller
    1:34 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    57 — The bum holding the “I have terminal cancer, please help.” sign on the exit ramp I get off of to go to work made more that $2 yesterday. Yet he still continues to show up every day. $2 will get you 2 items off of the McValue Meal these days. Might want to make sure you add the proper notation when talking about salary.

  64. joe
    1:39 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    59 you’re the man! he is a goood kiid

  65. kyle heavy
    1:50 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    63- Hilarious.

  66. BBH
    4:14 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    His little girl friend will help him spend that money. She is on his FB page. HOT.

  67. Andrew
    4:56 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Lost all respect for him during his last few months at UK. Selfish and Ignorant.

  68. Bledsoe's Biceps
    5:31 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    62) How well he manages the money he’s made is a whole different topic. I was only saying he was wise to get it while he could. Had he returned to UK and his knee problem was exposed he would not have gotten any NBA contract. So $2 million vs zero is a no brainer.

  69. billyboy
    7:31 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    some of you are awful! he is a kid! he played for uk, he took some bad advice and went for the money, i know the way he left was bad, but some of your comments, just sad and make uk fans look like what alot of cbb fans say we are. you should stop, think, count to 10 before you type.

  70. Cherith Cutestory
    10:23 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Sad news. Maybe he will come back and finish his degree…

  71. Katbluefan
    3:57 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Orton’s problem was his father. Dad was trying to live his life thru his son. And maybe dad was seeing dollar signs also. I just hope son was smart enough to hold onto his money and not let dad control the money like he controlled the son’s life. If he did he will be able to live until he knows what he can do and I believe basketball is not out of his life.