ESPN New York’s Ian Begley reported that former UConn Men’s Basketball guard Rodney Purvis has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Orlando Magic and that he is “likely headed to D League.”
Purvis’ deal has an Exhibit 10 clause, which means that the Magic can convert his contract to a two-way deal, which is what former teammate Daniel Hamilton signed with Oklahoma City in August. Should Orlando exercise that clause, which they must do before the start of the NBA season, he can spend up to 45 days on the NBA roster.
It’s great to see Purvis get a shot at the NBA. He came to UConn from his hometown school of NC State, and committed to a program that had just gone through an NCAA Tournament ban with a first-year head coach. He sat during the NCAA Championship season per transfer rules and played through some of the most trying times this program has seen in a long time.
He was a model Husky during his time in Storrs, always helping recruits and transfers feel welcome. He was the sort of guy to root for and made it easy with his exciting play, averaging 13.8 points per game his redshirt senior year, playing 36.9 minutes per game in a season filled with injuries where sometimes there were only seven scholarship players.