Thursday is a big day for the Magic's DeQuan Jones

PORTLAND, Ore. — The date Jan. 10 is an important day in the NBA — and for Orlando Magic rookie swingman DeQuan Jones.

It's the day when all of the league's nonguaranteed contracts become guaranteed for the rest of the season. That's why the waiver wire has been busy in recent days, with several teams letting players go.

In September the Magic signed Jones to a one-year minimum-salary deal worth $473,604. The Magic will be obligated to pay him his remaining salary if they keep him on their roster through Thursday.

His roster spot is probably safe.

"Hopefully, that is the case," he said.

Jones, undrafted from the Miami Hurricanes, started his fourth consecutive game Monday when the Magic played the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.
Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said Jones' biggest improvement since the preseason has been his concentration on the defensive end of the court.

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