Orlando Magic waive 4 players; cut roster to 15

Oct 14, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Vince Carter (25) fights for the ball with Orlando Magic point guard Manny Harris (3) and small forward Romero Osby (24) during the second half at American Airlines Center. The Magic defeated the Mavericks 102-94. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

With the NBA’s deadline for trimming down rosters looming, the Orlando Magic now have a “legal” roster after cutting ties with 4 players on Friday evening.

As with most teams, the quartet of cuts for the Magic doesn’t include any surprises. Each of the 4 players was working on a non-guaranteed contract, and the highest-profile player is probably Kris Joseph, who would be known for his work at Syracuse rather than any NBA resume.

Gladness, Joseph, and Osby are frontcourt players who each played in at least 3 preseason games, but none were considered even somewhat likely to make the team. Harris has been an NBA player semi-recently, as he played 80 total games for the Cavs from 2010 through 2012, but the former Michigan guard didn’t latch on for last season, and he’s job-hunting again.

The biggest takeaway for Orlando is that they appear (at least for now) to be holding on to former Hawks and Pacers forward Solomon Jones. The 6-foot-10 big man from South Florida has 270 games of NBA experience, and he should provide some sort of veteran presence on an incredibly young basketball team.

Stay tuned.

Topics: Kris Joseph, Manny Harris, Mickell Gladness, Orlando Magic, Solomon Jones

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