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The Orlando Magic have agreed to terms on Exhibit 10 contracts with former Wyoming sharpshooter Drake Jeffries, his agency One Motive Sports announced, and G-League guard Zavier Simpson.

Jeffries, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 9.1 points (39.4% on 3-pointers) and 4.3 rebounds in his two seasons with the Cowboys, including 10.

3 points (40.9% on 6.8 3s) and 5.4 rebounds in 2021-22.

He scored 6 points in one game with the Denver Nuggets summer league team after going undrafted.

Jeffries spent the first three seasons of his college career at the Division II (Minot State, N.D.) and JUCO (Indian Hills Community College, Iowa) levels.

Simpson, who played for the Magic at Las Vegas summer league, appeared in four games for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season where he averaged 11 points and 7.5 assists. A 6-foot point guard noted for his hook shot — yes, his hook shot — and defense but not his overall shooting touch (36.5% overall; 12.5% on 3s), Simpson went undrafted in 2020 after spending four seasons at Michigan.

He has had Exhibit 10 deals with the Thunder and L.A. Lakers and has spent two seasons with G League’s Oklahoma City Blue.

Exhibit 10 deals are 1-year, minimum salary contracts that allow a player to be a part of training camp and are often non-guaranteed — allowing teams to waive the player without taking a cap hit.

Exhibit 10 contracts include bonuses ranging from $5,000-$50,000. Players receive the bonus if they sign with the organization’s G League affiliate after being waived by the NBA team, depending on how much time they spend on the G League roster.

Teams can convert a player’s Exhibit 10 deal into a two-way contract before the start of the regular season.

The Magic now have the maximum 20 players allowed under contract in the offseason after signing Jeffries and Simpson — 15 on guaranteed standard contracts; one on a fully non-guaranteed deal (Devin Cannady); and Admiral Schofield and Kevon Harris on two-way contracts.

Teams must trim their rosters to 15 players on standard contracts (plus a pair of two-way players) before the 2022-23 regular season starts in October.

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US tourists are being urged NOT to visit Mexico vacation spots as cartel violence is putting visitors in crossfire as international arrivals eclipse pre-pandemic totals

The rise in cartel violence across tourist hotspots in Mexico should be a cause of concern for American tourists, security analysts have revealed.

Top destinations throughout the Mexican Caribbean and Pacific coast have been marred by incidents that have put innocent victims in the middle of crossfire, but it has not been enough to dissuade U.S. travelers from visiting Mexico.

Mexico received 10.26 million international arrivals from January to June 2022, eclipsing pre-pandemic levels, according to Mexico's Tourism Department.

The totals included 6.6 million visitors by air from the United States, an increase of 19.1 percent than the same period of 2019.

At least 3.4 million American citizens landed at Cancun International Airport during the first half of 2022 for visits to Cancún and the neighboring tourist towns of Playa del Carmen, Tulum, the Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox.


Security cameras show how armed drug dealing gang wandered through Hyatt beach front hotel in Mexico before gunning down two rival dealers in November 2021

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel is said to have been responsible for unleashing a wave of attacks in August across the states of Jalisco, Guanajuato and Baja California, torching several businesses and vehicles

Still image from a surveillance camera showed how a man pulled out a gun at the Hotel Xcaret in Playa del Carmen before two Canadian men were murdered inside a restaurant in January

Mexican troops were stationed at Tijuana International Airport in August following a weekend of violent incidents that left 24 burned vehicles across the state of Baja California, including 15 in Tijuana, a border city across from San Diego

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Former DEA Special Agent Derek Maltz told The Courier-Journal that he once cautioned a friend against sending his daughter for spring break in the Cancún, one of the top six cities tourists prefer to visit in Caribbean coastal state of Quintana Roo.

'I'd show them the phone with all the violence down there and say, 'I wouldn't be sending my daughter there because that's too risky,'' Maltz said.

In June, Canadian nationals Raphaël Huppé, 44, and Fannie Lorrain, 38, were found with both of their throats cut at a condominium that draws a large number of tourist reservations in Playa del Carmen. Huppé had an Interpol Red Notice issued for his arrest for failing to appear at a March 2016 court hearing in Quebec.

In February, two men were shot dead and a third was injured at the Art Beach restaurant in Tulum. Authorities believed the shooting was sparked by a drug turf war between rival drug trafficking networks.

In January, two Canadian men reportedly linked to organized crime were executed in front of hotel guests at a restaurant inside the Hotel Xcaret in Playa del Carmen.

Canadian national Raphaël Huppé, who was charged in two fraud cases in Quebec, was murdered in a Playa del Carmen condominium in June. He and a woman identified as  Fannie Lorrain had both of their throats cut

Anjali Ryot, of San Jose, California, was one of two women killed at a bar in Tulum, Mexico, in an incident sparked by rival drug dealers in October 2021. The 25-year-old, who was born in India, was visiting the Mexican resort town for her birthday

In November 2021, attackers invaded a beach near the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancún and gunned down two drug dealers. 

And in October 2021, Anjali Ryot, a 25-year-old travel blogger from California, was among two women who were shot dead in a Tulum bar attack that left a drug dealer and three other people wounded.

'When you see things like that happening, that's just an indication that the cartels are fighting each other to gain control of those areas, not just for drug smuggling routes, but also for the street sale of drugs,' Texas-based security consultant Robert Almonte told the newspaper.

A series of mid-August weekend attacks across the states of Jalisco, Guanajuato and Baja California by the the Jalisco New Generation Cartel forced the U.S. Department of State to reissue a travel advisory.

The government  implored American citizens not to travel to the states of Colima, Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Michoacán and Sinaloa.

In addition, the Department of State asked prospective visitors to reconsider traveling to the states of Sonora, Morelos, Guanajuato, Durango, Chihuahua, Baja California (where the August attacks took place), and Jalisco, the site of a mall shooting Sunday that left a bodyguard dead after Jalisco New Generation Cartel gunmen attempted to kidnap a businessman at a mall in broad daylight.

The U.S. government also lists 16 states and Mexico City, the capital, as places where Americans have to 'exercise increased caution.'

At least 20,722 homicides were reported from January to August 2022, according to Mexican government data. 

Despite the wave of violence, Everard Meade, director of Proceso Pacifico, a peace-building organization based in Mexico, said criminal groups are aware that foreign tourists are off limits.

'I mean, there's just so few incidents where foreign tourists are victims of violence and particularly homicide,' he said. 'Organized crime groups know that it's not productive to target them. They know that if they did that, the result would be the National Guard running all over the city. And they just don't want that.'

Scott Stewart, vice president of TorchStone Global, a U.S.-based security firm, is of the belief that some of the innocent victims have been 'in the wrong place at the wrong time' and that anyone traveling to vacation or conduct business in Mexico should be aware of their surrounding before heading there. 

'And you can do so if you're careful and if you know the risks ahead of time and if you have plans to mitigate the risks ― you can certainly have a great visit there,' Stewart said. 

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