The Orlando Magic should be at full strength when they face the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
Guards Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo participated in practice Friday and joined their Magic teammates when they left Central Florida to begin a two-game road trip to San Antonio and Milwaukee.
Oladipo was held out of Wednesday night's matchup against the Houston Rockets because of what team officials said was a sore left ankle. It was the first time all season Oladipo had missed a game.
"I was real disappointed," he said Friday. "I don't know if you could see my face on the sideline, but I was real disappointed I couldn't play. It was very frustrating. It's not really fun sitting over there when you want to help your team, but I thought the guys played well.
"My ankle feels good," he added later. "It feels better every day, so we'll see what happens on Saturday."
Oladipo said he didn't hurt his ankle on any single incident. But he said he had tweaked his ankle on several occasions, leaving it generally sore.
"My mind was saying, 'Yeah,' but my body was saying, 'No,' " Oladipo said. "So I just had to rest for a game."
Nelson was scratched from the team's win Sunday night over the Philadelphia 76ers because of a sore calf. He missed practice Tuesday and didn't play Wednesday; team officials said he was sick.
"I think I might be a little over that now — the contagious stage of it," Nelson said Friday.
"I feel a lot better. Obviously, I'm out here. I'll just go through practice today, whatever they have me do, and figure it out after that. I'm not sure what the plans are. The only thing I can do is listen to my body more than anything and see how I feel."
Oladipo's and Nelson's recent absences leave the team open to charges that it's trying to preserve its chances to win the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery on May 20.
The Magic formally signed center Dewayne Dedmon and swingman Adonis Thomas to second 10-day contracts on Friday after their initial 10-day contracts expired at 11:59 Thursday night.
Dedmon has played in two games for the Magic — but only for brief intervals after games had been settled — while Thomas has played in three games for the team.
"I think we'll continue to learn about them," coach Jacque Vaughn said. "That's a big part of us keeping them around for another 10 days: for us to get a little bit more hands-on with them and use some of our practice days to let them compete a little bit and get up and down in a scrimmage setting."
The new 10-day deals are scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m. on March 16.
At that time, the Magic will not be permitted under league rules to sign them to a third 10-day deal.
The Magic would be allowed to sign Dedmon and/or Thomas for the remainder of the season.
Praise for Duncan
Even at 37 years old, Spurs big man Tim Duncan is averaging 15.6 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
Vaughn played with Duncan and was a Spurs assistant coach for two seasons. Vaughn was asked about Duncan on Friday, and Vaughn had nothing but praise for Duncan's on-court contributions and off-the-court leadership.
"One of the best that we'll ever see," Vaughn said.
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