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Magic sending Daniel Orton to the D-League

Dec 1, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

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This one should have been expected.

The Orlando Magic drafted Daniel Orton out of Kentucky knowing that he wasn’t going to contribute right away — this was all about potential. He needed some seasoning and conditioning.

Then Orton needed knee surgery before the season and missed training camp rehabilitating.

So now the Magic are about to send Orton to the D-League for a while, according to Scott Schroeder at FanHouse. Orton will be headed west to the New Mexico Thunderbirds. This was only unusual in that the Magic are not one of the NBA teams that has used the D-League a lot.

This seems the smart move for everyone, though. Orton can get used to playing at the next level — he didn’t play a lot at Kentucky his one year in college — and get in condition. The Magic can be patient, center is one spot where they are pretty well stocked up for a few years.

There are now five first round picks from this year in the D-League. Orton will join Cole Aldrich, Patrick Patterson, Craig Brackins and Dominique Jones.

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