2020 first-round pick R.J. Hampton may be waived or bought out by the Orlando Magic, per The Orlando Sentinel’s Khobi Price. Hampton, who the Magic acquired via trade in 2021, has not been traveling with team.
Curiously, the other two players under contract for the Magic who aren’t traveling are Patrick Beverley and Terrence Ross, both of whom have engaged in buyout talks with Orlando. In fact, it’s been reported that Ross will be signing with the Phoenix Suns as he finalizes his buyout with the Magic.
The decision to either waive or reach a contract buyout agreement with the Magic is being made with the 22-year-olds development in mind. Even without Beverley or Ross on the roster, there’s not many minutes to spare for Hampton in a backcourt that includes guards Cole Anthony, Markelle Fultz, Jalen Suggs and Gary Harris.