With two first round picks, the forth-overall and 12th-overall selections, the Orlando Magic will be busy on draft night.
Most expect them to take whoever is left of the draft’s big four – former Kansas Jayhawks’ center Joel Embiid, his college teammate, forward Andrew Wiggins, former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker and Australian point guard Dante Exum.
With the 12th-pick, there are many things the Magic can do and with the concerns around former Kentucky Wildcats’ power forward Julius Randles’ foot (which he has denied), he could be available as well.
Randle’s spoke to Kyle Tucker of Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal to deny the report and also let it out that Randle worked out for the Magic on Monday, using them as her defense.
“Everything with Julius is fine,” Kyles said. “There is no surgery scheduled whatsoever. Nothing. They don’t have a clue. They haven’t spoken to us. They haven’t spoken to Julius’ doctor. I know for a fact, because he is my son, there is no surgery scheduled, period, now or after.”
Kyles said Randle worked out for the Orlando Magic on Monday, then met with the Philadelphia 76ers and is currently working out for the Boston Celtics, who have the No. 6 pick in the draft.
“Call Orlando and ask about Julius’ vertical and his speed when he tested there,” Kyles said. “It increased from what he tested at the NBA combine. If he is scheduled for surgery, why is he doing all these workouts?”
Randle is ranked as the draft’s fourth-best prospect according by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express . Randle, who measured in at 6’9″ and 250 pounds with a wingspan of 7’0″ at the NBA’s Scouting Combine, put up 15.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 50.0% from the field and 70.6% from the charity stripe.