For the 14th and 15th guys on the roster, I'm pretty impressed. Almond can score the ball, as he's proven on every level, and Johnson provides some nice depth up front. It will be interesting to see if they keep both of them for the regular season, or if they cut one or both. Many of you are convinced that the Magic intend to trade Marcin Gortat, and if the Magic go into the season with open roster spots I think that becomes more of a possibilty.
What do you think of the move?
Will either player see the floor in the regular season? Click below the jump for the official release from the Magic and the updated 2009-10 roster.
MAGIC SIGN ALMOND, JOHNSON; PREPARE FOR CAMP
Orlando’s RDV Sportsplex to serve as site for 2009-10 Training Camp
Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic will hold their 2009-10 training camp at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando, beginning Tuesday, September 29. In addition, the Magic have signed free agents Morris Almond (G, 6-6, 225, 2/2/85, Rice) and Linton Johnson III (F, 6-8, 205, 6/13/80, Tulane). The roster currently stands at 15 players (roster to follow).
Practices will be held at the Magic practice court at the RDV Sportsplex from September 29-October 3 from 9 a.m. until approximately noon and again from 4-6 p.m. On October 4, the Magic will practice from 9 a.m. until approximately noon, then depart for Dallas. All sessions are closed to the public. Media availability will be towards the end of each workout. Head Coach Stan Van Gundy will be available after each session, while players will be available following the morning workouts only. All times and length of practices are subject to change, so please call the Communications Department to confirm daily times. Orlando begins the preseason at Dallas on Monday, October 5, then hosts Miami on Wednesday, October 7 (7 p.m. ET tip). The Magic open the 2009-10 regular season at home on Wednesday, October 28 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The complete schedule is available through the team’s official website: orlandomagic.com.
TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE (Subject to Change) – All practices at RDV Sportsplex * Please call the Communications Department to confirm times Monday, September 28: Media Day, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, September 29-Saturday, October 3: Practice, 9 a.m.-approximately noon and 4-6 p.m. Sunday, October 4: Practice, 9 a.m.-approximately noon; Depart for Dallas *Media availability near end of each session – Players available after MORNING workout only Monday, October 5: @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (preseason opener) Wednesday, October 7: vs. Miami, 7 p.m. (preseason home opener) Wednesday, October 28: vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (2009-10 Opening Night)
ORLANDO MAGIC ROSTER (as of September 17, 2009)
NO. NAME POS HT WT BIRTHDATE FROM YRS.PRO
2 Morris Almond G 6-6 225 2-2-85 Rice 2
33 Ryan Anderson F 6-10 240 5-6-88 California 1
22 Matt Barnes F 6-7 226 3-9-80 UCLA 6
30 Brandon Bass F 6-8 250 4-30-85 Louisiana State 4
15 Vince Carter G 6-6 220 1-26-77 North Carolina 11
31 Adonal Foyle C 6-10 270 3-9-75 Colgate 12
13 Marcin Gortat F-C 6-11 240 2-17-84 Poland 2
12 Dwight Howard F-C 6-11 265 12-8-85 SW Atl. Christian Academy (HS) 5
8 Anthony Johnson G 6-3 195 10-2-74 College of Charleston 12
43 Linton Johnson III F 6-8 205 6-13-80 Tulane 6
9 Rashard Lewis F 6-10 230 8-8-79 Alief Elsik (HS) 11
14 Jameer Nelson G 6-0 190 2-9-82 Saint Joseph’s 5
20 Mickael Pietrus G-F 6-6 215 2-7-82 France 6
7 J.J. Redick G 6-4 190 6-24-84 Duke 3
44 Jason Williams G 6-1 190 11-18-75 Florida 10
STAFF Head Coach: Stan Van Gundy (SUNY-Brockport) Assistant Coaches: Brendan Malone (Iona), Patrick Ewing (Georgetown), Steve Clifford (Maine-Farmington), Bob Beyer (Alfred) Athletic Trainer: Tom Smith (Northwestern College-MN) Team Operations Manager: Rodney Powell (Marshall) Strength and Conditioning Coach: Joe Rogowski (DePauw)