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Magic sign second-round pick Kyle O’Quinn

Kyle O'Quinn, Terrence Jennings

Orlando Magic’s Kyle O’Quinn (9) takes a shot over Philadelphia 76ers’ Terrence Jennings (43) during an NBA summer league basketball game, Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


Kyle O’Quinn was kind of the perfect second round gamble pick when he came out of Norfolk State last draft. He’s got size (6’10”) and athleticism, and while there were concerns about his commitment to the game (read: “motor”) in the second round he’s a good gamble.

O’Quinn impressed enough at the Orlando Summer League (averaging 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds) that on Wednesday the Magic inked him to a three year deal, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

The contract is guaranteed for the first season at $788,000, said O’Quinn’s agent, Alberto Ebanks. The Magic will hold team options for the second and third seasons, and if the team exercises both options, the contract will be worth a total of $2.5 million.

Maybe O’Quinn can develop into an NBA role player, a nice big off the bench. This is a good gamble and a good contract to test that out with for Orlando.

By the way, if you were going to make Dwight Howard comparisons, don’t. Different thing all together.