Rudez re-signed with the Magic on Thursday to a non-guaranteed contract, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
In his first season with Orlando, Rudez struggled to see the court, playing in just 45 games overall. That translated to averages of just 1.8 points across 7.0 minutes per contest, which kept him far off the fantasy radar. While Rudez has the ability to play both forward positions, the Magic brought in Jonathan Isaac and Marreese Speights this offseason, which throws even more roadblocks in Rudez's way for potential playing time. His contract is reportedly not guaranteed, meaning he'll have to fight for a spot on the regular-season roster throughout training camp.
Rudez provided zero points (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and one assist in four minutes in Monday's 113-105 loss to the Knicks.
Rudez has only appeared in six games since the beginning of February, logging double-digit minutes on just one occasion. It looks like his playing opportunities will remain limited to garbage time over the final month of the season.
Rudez played four minutes in Wednesday's 107-79 loss to the Spurs, recording one foul and no other statistics.
Rudez saw some run in garbage time at the end of the blowout, and those are typically the only scenarios in which coach Frank Vogel is willing to call the big man's number off the bench. The 30-year-old has appeared in only four of eight games in February, seeing no more than 12 minutes in any contest.
Rudez contributed three points (1-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt), one rebound and one assist in seven minutes during Sunday's 114-113 win over the Raptors.
Following a 100% shooting performance in 24 minutes against the Celtics that included going 4-4 from behind the arc, Rudez saw his role and production return to season norms. The 30-year-old third-year player is averaging 2.2 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.3 steals in 7.6 minutes this season.
Rudez (calf) is available to play in Monday's game against the Knicks.
Rudez will only end up missing one game with a strained right calf. The 30-year-old has mostly been utilize as added depth for the Magic this season, and that won't likely change as the season moves ahead.
Rudez (calf) will not be available Sunday against the Pacers, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
This is the first absence caused by the strained right calf of Rudez. He only averaged six minutes per game over the last four contests, so none of his teammates in particular will benefit from added opportunities in his absence.
Rudez is nursing a strained right calf and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Pacers.
Rudez has played in five of the Magic's last six games, seeing no more than 12 minutes in any of those contests. Somewhere along the way, it appears he picked up the calf injury, but given the limited run he typically receives, his potential absence Sunday wouldn't have much of an impact on the rest of the roster. Rudez is safely waiver-wire fodder in just about every league.
Rudez (coach's decision) didn't play in Sunday's 104-96 loss to the Bucks.
Rudez had a brief run as the main backup to power forward Serge Ibaka, appearing in a stretch of nine consecutive games earlier this month. However, he shot just 37.5 percent from the floor during that stretch, and it appears he's no longer being viewed as a rotation option for coach Frank Vogel. Rudez hasn't left the bench in either of the Magic's last two contests.
Rudez will suit up Friday against the Pistons despite an illness, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
The Magic were considering deactivating Rudez for Friday's contest, but the illness will not prevent him from being in uniform Friday night. However, Rudez did not play in the Magic's season opener Wednesday, so he may not take the court regardless.
Updating a previous report, Rudez hasn't signed a one-year contract with the Magic, but will instead join the team on a training camp invite, Brian K. Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
It doesn't appear Rudez will count toward the Magic's 15-man roster, but he could very well earn his way on the team with a quality performance in training camp. Rudez was lost in the shuffle in a crowded Timberwolves frontcourt last season, finishing with averages of 2.3 points and 0.6 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game over 33 appearances. His ability to stretch the floor could help the Magic, who ranked 23rd in the NBA in three-point buckets per game a season ago.
Rudez agreed Thursday with the Magic on a one-year contract, Nikos Varlas of EuroHoops.net reports.
The full terms of the contract are expected to be announced in the coming days, but the Magic plan on bringing aboard Rudez to add some shooting to the bench. With the offseason additions of Bismack Biyombo and Serge Ibaka to accompany Aaron Gordon in the frontcourt, the Magic have enough length and defensive versatility to cause opponents fits, so Rudez could potentially provide a different look as a 6-foot-9 forward who can stretch the floor. Despite his reputation as a gifted shooter, Rudez didn't exactly live up to that billing with the Timberwolves last season, averaging just 2.3 points across 8.4 minutes per game while hitting only 34 percent of his three-point tries. He might have difficulty cracking the Magic's rotation if he fails to show much improvement as a shooter during training camp.
Rudez will become an unrestricted free agent, as the Timberwolves declined his $1.2 million team option for the 2016-17 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Rudez saw action in just 33 games for the Timberwolves this past season, posting averages of 2.3 points and 0.6 rebounds over eight minutes per game. At 6-foot-9, Rudez can still stretch the floor and hit from deep, as he's a career 39 percent shooter from beyond the arc, but at age 30, it's tough to see him improve drastically moving forward. He'll look to catch on with a team during training camp in an attempt to make a final roster.
Rudez recorded eight points (3-4 FG, 2-3 3Pt) in six minutes during the Timberwolves' 99-79 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
Rudez had not seen the floor in nine straight games prior to Wednesday. However, the blowout nature of the game allowed him to get some time. Rudez is buried on the depth chart, and it's tough to predict whether he will even touch the court on most nights.
Rudez recorded three points (1-4 FG, 1-4 3Pt), two rebounds, and one steal in 14 minutes during the Timberwolves' 128-101 loss to the Mavericks on Sunday.
Rudez has scored 62 points in 24 appearances this season, and the sophomore's production has actually regressed from his rookie season. He might get more opportunities over the final 22 games, but it's doubtful he will be worth rostering in fantasy.
Rudez scored three points with two assists in six minutes in Friday's loss to Memphis.
It looks like Rudez will get some playing time off the bench with Kevin Garnett and Nemanja Bjelica out with injuries. However, he may not get more than ten minutes per game.
Rudez did not play in Wednesday's win over Toronto due to a coach's decision.
Rudez finally got some playing time in early February with three games of 14 or more minutes, but he's been back on the bench the past two games as Nemanja Bjelica has moved back ahead of Rudez as a reserve forward.
Rudez scored eight points and was 2-for-2 from three-point range in 18 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Clippers.
Rudez got playing time over Nemanja Bjelica for a second consecutive game with the T-Wolves short in the front court with Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic out with injuries. If Rudez can hit his three-point shot (2-of-4 last two games), he could carve out a steady roll off the bench. He may get a shot to show he can shoot from long range while Garnett and Pekovic remain out.
Rudez (coach's decision) hasn't played in five of the Timberwolves' past six games.
He joined the injured Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) on the inactive list during Monday's loss to the 76ers, suggesting that coach Sam Mitchell is viewing the second-year forward as his 15th man. Rudez will likely need a string of injuries to hit the Timberwolves before he starts seeing regular run off the bench.
Rudez scored 11 points and played a season-high 23 minutes in Sunday's loss to Phoenix.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng and Nemanja Bjelica all got into early foul trouble, so Rudez got extensive playing time. Rudez usually doesn't play more than a few minutes off the bench, so this game shouldn't indicate a major change in his usage.
Rudez didn't see any action Sunday in Minnesota's 107-99 loss to the Clippers.
With the return of Nemanja Bjelica (knee) who sat out the two games before Sunday night, Rudez appears to be back out of the Timberwolves' rotation. He played 35 minutes in the two games that Bjelica was not in and averaged eight points in his absence.
|Last 7 Games|
|Complete Game Log|
| 25 || 26 || 27 || 28 || 29 || 30 || 31
| 1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5 || 6 || 7
|Career Shooting Stats|