Rodney Purvis became the latest former UConn Husky to sign an NBA contract on Wednesday, as the Orlando Magic signed him to a two-year contract. The 2018-19 season is non-guaranteed.
Purvis had been with the Magic on two separate 10-day contracts from Orlando’s G-League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic. One player can sign two 10-day contracts before the NBA team must sign him for the rest of the season or release him.
The Magic valued him highly enough to not want to release him and has been performing well in his limited NBA action.
He has been averaging 6.3 points per game in 13.7 minutes per game with the big club after playing exceptionally well in the G-League. He scored 20.5 points per game and had 1.4 steals per game in 38.1 minutes per game for Lakeland and scored a season-high 40 points in December.
Purvis did well in the G-League and after some strong performances in the NBA, including 19 points and an assist in 22 minutes against Philadelphia on March 22, he’s getting a shot to prove he can stick. It’s great to see him reaching these heights after his time at UConn.
In fact, Purvis started Wednesday night.
Rodney Purvis was pulled aside a few minutes ago by Frank Vogel and informed he would start tonight in place of Wes Iwundu (illness). Purvis said he initially thought Vogel was joking.— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) March 28, 2018