His postgame interviews done, Solomon Jones gathered his wallet and car keys to leave Amway Center around 9:45 Friday night.
That's when he learned that Orlando Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan needed to see him.
"Oh, here it comes," Jones remembers thinking.
But the meeting couldn't have gone any better.
Hennigan told Jones he had made the Magic's roster to begin the regular season.
Jones immediately phoned his mom, Uzeria Jones.
"Momma, I made it," he said.
The news ignited a celebration for Jones, a 6-foot-10 center and power forward who grew up in the Orlando suburb of Mount Dora as a Magic fan.
Jones will earn a veteran's-minimum salary of $1,186,459 in the year ahead if he remains on the Magic's roster beyond Jan. 10, the day when all non-guaranteed contracts throughout the league become fully guaranteed.
"I'm still not guaranteed, but I'm not looking at that," he said. "I'm trying to help this team win and do as much as I can to help this team win, playing my role as much as possible, being a mentor to these younger guys."
Jones might help as early as Tuesday night, when the Magic open their regular season against the Indiana Pacers, whose physical frontcourt includes center Roy Hibbert and power forwards David West and Luis Scola.
Magic officials want Jones to provide depth and energy.
"He came in and he provided great work in practice and in games," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "He kept things simple. He rebounded the basketball for us. He played extremely hard for us. And, defensively, he was good in a lot of different ways."
Jones, 29, became the second training-camp invitee to earn a regular-season roster spot with the Magic since the team hired Hennigan and Vaughn. Last season, the team kept undrafted rookie swingman DeQuan Jones.
To keep Solomon Jones, the Magic waived four players, including second-round draft pick Romero Osby.
"We've been evaluating Romero all summer, and we really believe in him," Hennigan said. "We believe in what he's about. We think he has a chance to be an NBA player going forward. . . . We'll continue to stay close with Romero and follow him closely throughout the next several months and beyond."
Taking their option
After Saturday's practice, the Magic exercised their 2014-15 team options on Maurice Harkless, Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson and Nik Vucevic.
Under NBA rules regarding former first-round draft picks, a team has until Oct. 31 before a player's second season to pick up its third-year option. A team also has until Oct. 31 before a player's third season to exercise its fourth-year option.
Harkless and Nicholson are about to begin their second NBA seasons. Harris and Vucevic are about to begin their third seasons.
Any players around the league who don't have their third- or fourth-year options exercised for 2014-15 will become unrestricted free agents in July.
The rule doesn't apply this year to Victor Oladipo because he's in his rookie season and, as a first-round pick, his second season already is fully guaranteed. The rule also doesn't apply to Doron Lamb, E'Twaun Moore and Kyle O'Quinn, because they were second-round picks.
Hennigan said Glen Davis is progressing in his return from a July surgery on his left foot.
"He's going to be practicing here in the next week or two with full contact, so we're looking forward to getting him out on the court and playing with the guys," Hennigan said. "Once we get past that threshold, then we're able to assess how he's doing in live contact drills. Then, we'll have a better sense of when he'll return to play."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun