Magic Sign Justin Jackson

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Today, the Orlando Magic have reached a deal with second-round pick Justin Jackson. Jackson was one of the last unsigned players in this year’s draft class. The youngster will head to the Lakeland Magic, which is the NBAGL affiliate of the Orlando Magic. Jeff Weltman (president of basketball operations) announced and reported by Keith Smith of RealGM.com.

The Maryland product missed most of the 2017/18 season with a torn labrum. Jackson may not have been ready to contribute to the Magic’s NBA squad right away in his rookie season, which is okay as he will receive more playing time in the G League. The team has opted to make him a domestic draft-and-stash prospect instead.

Finally, before going done with his labrum injury last season, Jackson had posted 10.3 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game in 44 career games at Maryland. The 21-year-old forward also had a career shooting line of .418/.386/.728.

 Note: Orlando acquired his rights in a draft-night trade, moving down two spots from No. 41 to No. 43 and picking up a 2019 second-round pick in the process.

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