Looks like former Kentucky Wildcats center Daniel Orton is getting another shot at the NBA. This time, it will be with the Washington Wizards:
If he were to make the team, he’d team up with former Wildcat teammate John Wall.
Orton was a one-and-done player at Kentucky where he played in 38 games but only contributed 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds during the 2009-10 season.
He wasn’t ready for the NBA. Orton had a left knee injury from high school that left the muscles around it weakened and as a result he didn’t play as a rookie.
He made two starts and played in just 16 games for the Magic in 2011-12, and during an assignment to the D-League he tore cartilage that required surgery. The Magic declined the third-year option on his rookie contract which allowed Orton to become a free agent.
Orton was signed by his hometown Oklahoma City Thunder for 2012-13, waived and then signed by them again. He was back-and-forth to the D-League, being assigned multiple times but couldn’t keep hold of a roster spot.
Then, the Philadelphia 76ers signed Orton before last season and he played in 22 games, including four starts. He averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds. Orton was waived again in January.