Poythress set to play for Magic in NBA Summer League

Staff Report

LEXINGTON – Former University of Kentucky men’s basketball player Alex Poythress will play with the Orlando Magic Blue squad in the annual summer league in Orlando, the team announced on Tuesday.

Poythress is one of six collegiate players to join the Magic’s blue squad for the one-week, 25-game schedule in Orlando. The games will begin Saturday.

The Clarksville, Tenn., native is hoping to impress either Orlando or other squads in obtaining a free agent contract like Aaron Harrison achieved with the Charlotte Hornets in 2015.

Poythress enjoyed a successful four-year tenure at Kentucky in which he was a member of two Final Four teams, two Southeastern Conference regular season championships and two SEC Tournament titles.

He averaged 10.2 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds in his final season in 2015-16. He charted four double-doubles and had a career-best 25-point effort at Alabama during his senior campaign. For his career, he averaged 8.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. He is one of only 12 players to register 900 career points, 500 career rebounds and 70 career blocks. A high-character player and exceptional student, Poythress graduated in just three years at Kentucky and became UK’s first Academic All-American since 1995 during his senior year.

The Orlando summer league will feature two Magic squads along with the Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Fans can access box scores, game recaps and cumulative statistics at Orlando’s home page. NBA TV will air 24 of the 25 summer league games live.

Magic acquire Meeks from Pistons: The Orlando Magic have acquired guard Jodie Meeks from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for a future conditional second round draft pick, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced Wednesday.

Meeks (6-4, 210) played in only three games with Detroit last season, averaging 7.3 ppg., 1.7 rpg. and 1.0 apg. in 14.5 minpg. He suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot on Oct. 28 vs. Utah and missed 63 games due to the injury. Meeks also missed four games following his foot rehabilitation due to a sore left shoulder.

Originally selected in the second round (41st overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft by Milwaukee, Meeks has played in 418 career NBA regular season games (194 starts with Milwaukee, Philadelphia, the L.A. Lakers and Detroit, averaging 9.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in 24.3 minutes per contest while shooting .373 (639-1,713) from three-point range and .882 (716-812) from the free throw line. He has also appeared in 19 career NBA playoff outings, averaging 4.1 points per game in 12.9 minutes per contest. On Dec. 30, 2014 at Orlando, Meeks connected on a career-high nine three-point field goals, setting a new Magic record for most three-pointers made by an opponent in a game, as well as an Amway Center-record.

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