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ORLANDO MAGIC EXERCISE TEAM OPTIONS ON COLE ANTHONY, R.J. HAMPTON AND CHUMA OKEKE

ORLANDO MAGIC EXERCISE TEAM OPTIONS ON COLE ANTHONY, R.J. HAMPTON AND CHUMA OKEKE
Orlando, Florida, USA, January 25, 2021, Orlando Magic player Cole Anthony attempt to make a shot during the game at the Amway Center (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic have exercised their third-year team options on guard Cole Anthony, guard R.J. Hampton and forward Chuma Okeke, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deals are not disclosed. Anthony, Hampton and Okeke are now signed through the 2022-23 season.

Anthony (6’3”, 190, 5/15/00) appeared in 47 games (34 starts) last season during his rookie campaign with Orlando, averaging 12.9 ppg., 4.7 rpg. and 4.1 apg. in 27.1 minpg., while shooting .832 (109-131) from the free throw line. He ranked among all NBA rookies in scoring (4th), rebounding (T-7th), assists (4th), free throw percentage (5th) and minutes played (9th). Anthony led (or tied) the team in scoring six times, in rebounding three times and in assists a team-high 18 times. He scored in double figures 32 times, 20+ points four times and 30+ points once, including a career-high 37 points on May 16 @ Chicago.

Anthony was originally selected in the first round (15th overall) of the 2020 NBA Draft by Orlando.

ORLANDO MAGIC EXERCISE TEAM OPTIONS ON COLE ANTHONY, R.J. HAMPTON AND CHUMA OKEKE
Orlando, Florida, USA, April 7, 2021, Orlando Magic R.J Hampton makes a pass during the game at the Amway Center (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

Hampton (6’6”, 190, 2/7/01) played in 51 games (one start) last season during his rookie campaign with both Denver and Orlando, averaging 6.9 ppg., 3.5 rpg. and 1.7 apg. in 17.4 minpg. He ranked among all NBA rookies in rebounding (T-16th). After being acquired by Orlando on Mar. 25, Hampton played in 26 games (one start) with the Magic, averaging 11.2 ppg., 5.0 rpg. and 2.8 apg. in 25.2 minpg. He led (or tied) the Magic in scoring three times, in rebounding twice and in assists five times. Hampton scored in double figures 16 times (all with Orlando), including a career-high 19 points on May 9 vs. Minnesota, had 10+ rebounds three times, including a career-high 11 rebounds on May 14 @ Philadelphia, and dished out 10+ assists once – a career-high 10 assists on May 3 @ Detroit. He also had three double-doubles

Hampton was originally selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2020 NBA Draft by Milwaukee. His draft rights were traded from Milwaukee as part of a four-team, nine-player deal to Denver on Nov. 23, 2020. Hampton was acquired by the Magic from Denver along with Gary Harris and a future first round draft pick in exchange for Gary Clark and Aaron Gordon on Mar. 25, 2021.

ORLANDO MAGIC EXERCISE TEAM OPTIONS ON COLE ANTHONY, R.J. HAMPTON AND CHUMA OKEKE
ORLANDO, FL – JUNE 21: Orlando Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman and Head Coach Steve Clifford introduce Cuma Okeke as the 2019 NBA Draftee during a press conference on June 21, 2019 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Gary Bassing/NBAE via Getty Images)

Okeke (6’8”, 235, 8/18/98) appeared in 45 games (19 starts) last season during his rookie campaign with Orlando, averaging 7.8 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 2.2 apg. and 1.07 stlpg. in 25.2 minpg. He ranked among all NBA rookies in scoring (17th), rebounding (14th), assists (T-14th) and steals (6th). Okeke led (or tied) the team in scoring four times and in assists six times. He scored in double figures 13 times and 20+ points once, including a career-high 22 points on Mar. 26 vs. Portland, and had 10+ rebounds once – a career-high 10 rebounds on Apr. 1 @ New Orleans.

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