Former Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi waived by Orlando Magic

Less than two weeks after he was signed to an Exhibit 10 contract, former Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi was waived by the Orlando Magic – according to Orlando Sentinel beat writer Khobi Price.

Ayayi was one of 20 players on Orlando’s roster heading into training camp, but the team opted to sign Aleem Ford and Zavier Simpson, cutting Ayayi to clear space on the roster with roughly one month until the NBA season begins.

Ayayi has had quite the nomadic year. He was on a two-way contract with the Wizards last season, appearing in seven NBA games and 31 games with Washington’s G-League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go’s, where he averaged 10.7 points, 6.6 assists and 5.7 rebounds while logging 30.9 minutes per game.

He was released from that contract in March and caught on with the Atlanta Hawks during summer league, posting solid but unspectacular numbers. Eventually his returning player rights were traded to the Lakeland Magic, the G-League affiliate in Orlando, and shortly after that he was signed to his Exhibit 10 contract.

Now, Ayayi will likely end up reporting to Lakeland and participating in the G-League, hoping his performance at that level will do enough to earn a spot on an NBA roster at some point during the season.

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