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Orton brought back from D-League…and not for good reason

Earlier this season, the Orlando Magic said that Daniel Orton should not be playing basketball and stated that they intended to let him essentially “redshirt” this year and rehab his leg and get in basketball shape.  Somewhere along the line, they had a change of heart and decided to send him to the D-League’s New Mexico Thunderbirds to hone his skills.  Looks like that was a bad decision.  After just two games in New Mexico in which he averaged 10 points and 8 boards, Orton reinjured his troublesome left knee and his future is uncertain right now.  From the time he was drafted (and Stan Van Gundy gave an underwhelming endorsement on TNT), Orton has been treated delicately and as a long-term project.  Now, with another setback, always-candid Magic GM Otis Smith told Fanhouse that “It is what it is.  He was actually starting to play well,” before adding, “It’s hard to tell where we’re at with him right now.”  It’s a tough break for a guy who, no matter how much his presence would help this season, seems to have made the right choice in going pro if his leg is as unreliable as it is starting to appear.

Article written by Thomas Beisner