Brazdeikis scored a career-high 21 points (9-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt) while adding six rebounds, two blocks and an assist in 32 minutes off the bench during Friday's loss to the 76ers.
It was an awful night for the Magic's starting five, with the unit only managing a combined 31 points, but that opened the door for Brazdeikis to lead all scorers in the game. The second-year forward has dropped double-digit points in three of seven games since taking on a significant role in the Orlando rotation, averaging 11.4 points, 4.7 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.3 threes in 28.4 minutes over that stretch.
Brazdeikis signed a contract with the Magic for the remainder of the season Wednesday.
Brazdeikis has received significant playing time since joining Orlando on a 10-day deal May 2, and he could continue to take on a significant role to close out the season. In his five games with the Magic, Brazdeikis has averaged 10.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 28.2 minutes per contest.
Brazdeikis scored 14 points (5-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT) to go along with three rebounds, two steals and one assist across 32 minutes in Monday's win over the Pistons.
Brazdeikis joined the Magic on a 10-day contract Sunday and made an immediate impact in his first game with the team. With a multitude of rotation players currently sidelined in Orlando, Brazdeikis could continue to see an oversized role to close the season.
Brazdeikis signed a 10-day contract with the Magic on Sunday.
Brazdeikis has appeared in a total of five games this season for the Knicks and 76ers, and he will get his third chance at NBA action this season in Orlando. The 22-year-old has scored a total of two points in his five limited showings, but he may get a chance at more minutes with Orlando not competing for the playoffs.
The 76ers waived Brazdeikis on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Brazdeikis made one eight-minute cameo for the 76ers after he was acquired March 25 as a secondary piece in the deal that sent George Hill (thumb) to Philadelphia. A 2019 second-round pick, Brazdeikis has appeared in just 14 games between the Knicks and the 76ers since entering the professional ranks. The 22-year-old from Lithuania could pursue a return to Europe if no other NBA organization is willing to bring him aboard as a developmental prospect.
Brazdeikis will not play in Tuesday's game against the Nuggets due to a coach's decision.
While Brazdeikis is eligible to make his Sixers debut, coach Doc Rivers will opt to hold him out. It seems unlikely that he'll be a meaningful part of the rotation.
Brazdeikis was traded to the 76ers on Thursday as part of a three-team deal involving the Knicks and Thunder, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The key piece in the deal is George Hill, who goes from Oklahoma City to Philadelphia, but the trade also involves Brazdeikis, Tony Bradley, Austin Rivers, Vincent Poirier and Terrance Ferguson. Brazdeikis, a second-round pick in 2019, appeared in only four games for the Knicks this season, and he's highly unlikely to make an impact with the Sixers.
Brazdeikis recorded 22 points (7-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT), eight rebounds and four assists across 31 minutes in Friday's 130-124 win over G League Erie.
Brazdeikis struggled with a couple of injuries in the G League bubble, but he was outstanding when he was on the court for Westchester. The 22-year-old registered 20.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while connecting on 46.8 percent of his field goals. The 2019 second-round pick hasn't been able to get his footing at the NBA level, but he'll undoubtedly return to a depth role with the Knicks soon.
Brazdeikis (back) recorded 22 points (8-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds and eight assists across 35 minutes in Thursday's 122-120 loss to G League Agua Caliente.
Brazdeikis missed Tuesday's loss to G League Memphis with a back injury, but he showed no ill effects Thursday, leading the team in points, rebounds and assists. That's been standard for the 22-year-old forward. He's the G League squad's MVP with 20.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest.
Brazdeikis missed Tuesday's loss to G League Memphis with a lower-back injury.
Brazdeikis is one of G League Westchester's most consistent players, averaging 20.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. With the playoffs on the horizon, the team hopes the 22-year-old makes a swift return.
Brazdeikis posted 21 points (8-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 11 rebounds and three assists across 38 minutes in Sunday's 111-105 loss to G League Iowa.
Brazdeikis struggled in Saturday's loss to Raptors 905, hitting just three of 14 of his field goals and notching three rebounds. The 2019 second-round pick bounced back well Sunday, leading G League Westchester in both points and rebounds. Through 10 games, he's averaged 20.6 points per contest.
Brazdeikis provided 10 points (3-14 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six rebounds and three assists across 28 minutes in Saturday's 127-115 loss to G League Raptors 905.
Brazdeikis is typically one of G League Westchester's top performers. He averaged 21.9 points per game with a 47.9 field-goal percentage before Saturday's game, so this was a major dropoff for the 22-year-old. Nevertheless, he'll continue to be a fixture in the starting five down the stretch.
Brazdeikis posted 31 points (10-18 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 13 rebounds and three assists across 32 minutes in Tuesday's 123-113 win over G League Lakeland.
These types of performances have been typical for Brazdeikis this season, as he's averaged 22.4 points per game while connecting on 48 percent of field goals. The 22-year-old should at least have a depth role waiting for him with the Knicks after the G League season is over.
Brazdeikis posted 17 points (6-14 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds and seven assists in Saturday's 125-118 loss to G League Austin.
Brazdeikis paced G League Westchester in rebounds, and he was one of six players to hit double digits in scoring. The 22-year-old continues to be dominant with the G League affiliate, although his three-point percentage (28.1 percent) is a bit of a letdown.
Brazdeikis posted 24 points (10-20 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), eight rebounds and three assists in Wednesday's 123-115 loss to G League Long Island.
Much like last season, Brazdeikis has been G League Westchester's top player so far. He's averaging 24.0 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while hitting 51.4 percent of his field goals and 35.6 percent of his three-pointers.
Brazdeikis (ankle) played 35 minutes Monday in G League Westchester's 135-117 loss to Rio Grande, finishing with 20 points (8-17 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), nine rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Brazdeikis had missed Westchester's previous two games with the ankle injury, but the big minutes he received in his return to action Monday suggest his health is no longer much of a concern. The 22-year-old is expected to remain with Westchester at the G League bubble in Orlando through early-to-mid-March before rejoining the Knicks following the NBA All-Star break.
Brazdeikis (ankle) didn't suit up in Thursday's 118-106 win over G league Greensboro, freelance basketball journalist Adam Zagoria reports.
Brazdeikis was electric in the G League opener, producing 28 points and 15 rebounds. He finished second on the team in scoring behind Jared Harper in that contest, and now both players are sidelined with ankle injuries.
Brazdeikis provided 28 points (11-20 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 15 rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's 125-120 win over Fort Wayne.
Brazdeikis started the 2020-21 G League season with authority, leading the team in rebounds and finishing second behind Jared Harper in points. The Knicks aren't ready to commit to the 2019 second-round pick at the NBA level, however, as he has played just four games with the big club this season, totaling seven minutes.
The Knicks assigned Brazdeikis to the G League's Westchester Knicks on Monday.
In his second professional season, Brazdeikis hasn't been able to crack head coach Tom Thibodeau's rotation, appearing in just four of the Knicks' 21 games to date while playing no more than three minutes in any contest. He'll report to the G League bubble in Orlando and should see meaningful run with Westchester throughout February.
Brazdeikis recorded one assist in three minutes of a 105-75 win against Boston on Sunday.
Brazdeikis recorded his first assist of the season against Boston. The second year man has appeared in just four games this year and hasn't played more than three minutes even in blowouts. The Knicks play the Magic on Monday.
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