Throughout the past season, DeAndre Liggins was something of a forgotten man on the Orlando Magic bench. He played sparingly, although former coach Stan Van Gundy was said to be a fan of his heart and hustle. Liggins signed a one year deal with the Magic and has just entered the free agency mode. With all the upheaval in Orlando in the off-season, there was an uncertainty about whether Liggins could get a second chance with the Magic or catch on with another team. The fact the Liggins started in today’s first summer league game for the Magic has to provide at least a glimmer of hope that Liggins may be in the Magic’s plans.
Liggins played a lot today (32:08) but had kind of an uneven game. Liggins scored 6 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists as the summer Magic defeated the Nets 92-88. Liggins hit just 1-5 of his shots (and had two of them blocked) and went 4-7 from the FT line. He did just turn the ball over once though and he played the most of any Magic player. Summer League basketball is a curious creature and sometimes you just get that one game to start and show what you can do. It will be interesting to see how much Liggins plays in the rest of the games this week.
Liggins and the Magic are back on the court to face fellow former Wildcat Brandon Knight tomorrow at 3:00 PM. Also, Knight tips off against Utah and Enes Kanter probably around 3:00 – 3:15 later today. I will have more on that game in a few hours. Jason will have more of a complete Summer League rundown for both Orlando and Vegas in about an hour or so.