The Magic have begun their pre-Draft workouts, bringing in at least two of the candidates for the second overall pick according to several reports.
Late last week, Trey Burke told MLive.com that he was scheduled to meet the Magic this week. According to several reports, Burke was in town Wednesday for a meet-and-greet with the Magic brass and a light workout.
Jazmyne Hankerson of Sports Talk Florida 1080 AM in Orlando reported Burke posted a graphic on his Instagram page stating he had landed in Orlando on Wednesday. You can see that image yourself on that page or here on Burke's Instagram page. Dave Pingalore of News Channel 6 in Orlando reporterd later in the evening Thursday reported Burke indeed met with the Magic this week:
NBA mole confirming to me tonight----- @trey_burke3 was in Orlando today.Light workout and a nice dinner out with the magic front office— david pingalore (@pinglocal6) May 31, 2013
It did not seem like the Magic put Burke through an intense workout. Orlando likely saw plenty of him during the season, in talking to his coaches, at the Draft Combine. The Magic did not interview Burke at the NBA Draft Combine, and so Wednesday and Thursday's sessions with Burke were about getting to know him and seeing if he fits in with the Magic's culture and program.
Do not expect the Magic to say much more, if anything, ahead of the Draft.
Orlando also will have Nerlens Noel in this weekend. ESPN college basketball writer Andy Katz reports Noel will be in Orlando on Sunday and plans on only working out -- as much as he can at least -- with Cleveland and Orlando, the top two teams in the draft.
UK's Nerlens Noel will make his first visit to a team Sunday when he's in Orlando (No. 2) pick. Cleveland (No. 1) not scheduled yet.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) May 30, 2013
Unlike Burke and Ben McLemore (more on him in a minute), the face-to-face with Noel in Orlando is a big meeting. At the NBA Draft Combine, the team got to meet with Noel and talk with him.
Sunday's meeting with Noel will allo Magic doctors to take a closer look at his torn ACL and get a sense of how his rehab is going. Noel is not likely to do much working out at this point in the rehab, but Orlando still needs to get that face time with him.
So what about Ben McLemore?
McLemore spoke with Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday and said he has not scheduled a workout with the Magic yet, but he hopes to soon. He spoke glowingly of his interview with the Magic at the NBA Draft Combine, telling Robbins:
The Orlando Magic, I think that's a great program. I think I could fit perfectly in that system and that organization and help that team in different kinds of ways.
It is all good. The rookies usually speak glowingly of their interviews as they try to impress their future bosses and teammates. McLemore said he "can't wait" to get to Orlando for his workout.
That will come as the Magic continue their pre-Draft preparations.