By Philip Rossman-Reich
The Orlando Magic rested their two first-round picks leaving many players with uncertain or G-League futures their chance. They struggled to impress.
On Tuesday evening, Troy Caupain signed a two-way contract surrounded by teammates on the Summer League team and several members of the current main roster. Rookie Mohamed Bamba snapped a quick photo to help celebrate with his new teammate.
For Troy Caupain that was part of a long journey for him to get to the NBA. Toiling in the G-League is no easy task, even when a player is dominating the way.
Everything starts over again in June and July when Summer League comes around. There are no multi-year G-League deals. Everything is up in the air for each roster and each player every year.
The NBA Summer League for these players is more than just a practice or a chance to work on their games. This is their fight for their survival in the league or their entry into it.
Every game and every moment is an audition in some way.
The Orlando Magic have made it no secret they want to use the G-League and the Lakeland Magic as a development tool. The organization has put in a lot of investment and development into the franchise. They used it extensively for second-round pick Wesley Iwundu and signee Khem Birch. Orlando had rookie Jonathan Isaac take a rehab stint there. They called up Rodney Purvis on a 10-day contract late in the...